Graduale Romanum 1908 Full Color Frontispiece Fine

Graduale Sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae De Tempore et De Sanctis SS.D.N. Pii X. Pontificis Maximi, jussu Restitutum et Editum, Cui Addita Sunt Festa Novissima, published ROMAE, Typis Vaticanis, MDCCCCVIII (1908). 9 5/8 by 6 1/2 by 3 1/4" thick, 560+208+153 red edged pages( the two supplements being the Commune Sanctorum and the Ordinarium Missae), black leather with rounded back and raised bands, sewn headband, blind stamped lines and embossed IHS Sacred Monagram with Crown of Thorns on both front and back cover, full-page full-color frontispiece of Pope St Gregory the Great (with tissue covering) and with headpiece engravings in black and white of all the major feasts, with marbled end papers and all music text in square notel Gregorian chant, well leaded lines throughout, printed on heavy fine paper and with xvi pages of introductory matter in Latin. The year 2008 AD marked the100th anniversary of the publication of this monumental work of Gregorian chant which was completed in 1908- the Graduale Romanum, the official "choirbook" of the Roman Catholic Church, and its publication was a significant event in the pontificate of Pope St Pius X. The book has two previous owner's signatures in fine pen and ink; one on inside flyleaf and one on the title page. T is also the printed autograph of the Pope St Pius X, including the famous

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