Beautiful deep brown/burgandy colour (brown to my eyes, as Father Francis said in his review) with gilt edged pages. The proper of the mass at the middle is a good idea, but I have found it difficult to get to the next bit in time with many pages of prefaces, so I must get some dividers, rather than feel like a plonker flicking through umpteen pages trying to find my place. I will take up the suggestion of another reviewer, 'customer', and buy myself some write-on index tabs. I have the presentation edition which feels and looks elegant. I am a reader at mass and bought it so that I could prepare in advance. I will treasure it.