We’re very pleased to be able to offer our customers the finest in traditional Catholic books from Baronius Press.
Baronius Press is a Catholic book publisher based in London, England with distribution operations in the U.S. Originally founded in Glasgow in 2003, it takes its name from the Venerable Cardinal Cesare Baronius, an ecclesiastical historian in Naples who lived from 1538 to 1607. The publisher’s logo is a biretta, which together with a cassock forms the traditional image of a Catholic priest.
Baronius Press’ primary goal is to raise the quality of traditional Catholic books in order to make them more appealing to a wider audience. Baronius Press achieves this goal by retypesetting classic Catholic books (rather than republishing facsimiles), and binding them using high quality coverings, such as real leather. The advantages of retypesetting are sharper text and the ability to use modern layouts.
The first book published by Baronius Press was a newly retypeset edition of the venerable Douay-Rheims Bible. This was significant because no digitally typeset edition had been previously released. A pocket edition and a Psalms and New Testament edition subsequently followed, and in 2007 a large print format was added to their offerings.
In 2005 Baronius Press published a new 1962 missal, with an imprimatur from Bishop Fabian Wendelin Bruskewitz, for use at the Tridentine Roman Mass. This was the first missal intended for use at the traditional Mass to be published in more than 35 years. The current edition coincided with Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum and has been named the Motu Proprio 1962 Missal. It is currently the only 1962 Missal published with a valid imprimatur from Church authorities.
Also in 2005, with the aim of expanding its range, Baronius released a series of leather bound Catholic classics. By the end of 2006, the company had over 40 titles in print, with the release of a new paperback series of Christian Classics. Baronius published a new edition of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, complete with all Gregorian Chant in October 2007. A revised edition correcting several minor errors in the first edition was published at the end of 2008.
2009 should bring us a Latin-English Roman Breviary from Baronius Press. Typesetting has already begun on the first volume. The original publication date given for the book was late 2006, and there have been numerous delays in producing this title. Both the Breviary and Little Office conform to the editio typica of the Breviary of 1961 and will have a valid imprimatur prior to publication.
Baronius Press continues to be at the vanguard of orthodox Catholic book publishing in the English-speaking world.