Baronius Press

Baronius Press is a traditional Catholic book publisher with headquarters in London, England. It was originally founded in Glasgow in 2003 and takes its name from the Venerable Cardinal Cesare Baronius, a Neapolitan ecclesiastical historian who lived from 1538 to 1607. Its logo is a biretta, which together with a cassock forms the traditional image of a Catholic priest.

The main objective of Baronius Press was to raise the quality of traditional Catholic books in order to make them more appealing to a wider audience. Baronius Press aimed to achieve 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 clearer text and the ability to use modern layouts.

The first book published by Baronius Press was a new edition of the 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 giant size format was added to the range.

In 2005 Baronius Press published a new 1962 missal, with an imprimatur from Bishop Fabian Wendelin Bruskewitz, for use at the traditional Roman mass. This was the first missal intended for use at the traditional mass to be published in more than 35 years. A new edition has coincided with Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum and has been named the Motu Proprio 1962 Missal. It was noted in several Catholic newspapers and journals that, it is currently the only 1962 Missal published with a valid imprimatur.

Later that year, 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. In 2008 it is anticipated that a Latin-English Roman Breviary will also be published. However, the original publication date given for the book was late 2006, and they have experienced delays in producing this title. Both of these titles will conform to the editio typica of the Breviary of 1961 and have a valid imprimatur prior to publication.

Current Hardback Book list

Douay Rheims Bible

1962 Roman Rite Missal (motu proprio edition)

1962 Little Office of the Blessed Virgin

Way of Perfection by St Teresa of Avila

Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Dolorous Passion by Anne Catherine Emmerich

The Holy Mass by Dom Prosper Gueranger

Rule of St Benedict by St Benedict

Baronius is currently in the process of publishing the Knox Version

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