Graduale Sacrosantae Romanae Ecclesiae De Tempore Et De Sanctis SS. D. N. PII X Pontificis Maximi Jussu Restitutum Et Editum Cui Addita Sunt Festa Novissima
Rome: Friderici Pustet, 1911. Hardcover. Near Fine. In its original binding of 1/4 grained black leather and black boards. The spine is lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges red, though the top edge is now much darker. Upon opening this volume we find the book-plate of John Gregory Murray (Joannis Gregorii Murray) and on the front free endpaper we see the large and bold signature of John Gregory Murray. John Gregory Murray, 1877-1956, was Archbishop of St. Paul, Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford and Bishop of Portland (ME). At the half-title is a printed signature from Pope Pius X, with his Papal Motto. To be clear, this signature is not in the Pope's hand but was printed. Pope Pius X, 1835-1914, was Pope from 1903 to 1914. Pope Pius X remains the only 20th Century Pope Canonized to Sainthood. Very likely Pope John XXIII and John Paul II will one day achieve this honor. Title page printed in red and black. The book is very clean and solid and is almost exclusively concerned with music. The first section has a lovely engraving of Christ on the cross, and is titled Proprium de Tempore and proceeds for 552 pages. The second section is titled Commune Santorum and is 204 pages. The third section is titled Ordinarium Missae and is 152 pages. The short fourth section is titled Missae Pro Aliquieus Locis Statuum Foederatorum Americae, and is 11 pages. A unique and important volume. Possibly, a presentation copy to the Archbishop from the Vatican. Scarce thus.