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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: General Books LLC (9 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1152821024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1152821026
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,804,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a cheap (non-expensive) reprint of a classic work on a rather abstruse subject. The style is, of course, dated ... and often pedantic, but reflects the times and pre-occupations of the Church (and churchmen) when it wasd first written. Illustrations have not fared well: they are often blurred and indistinct.
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It is of little or no use whatsoever as those responsible for re-publishing it did not give it the most cursory check before going to print. The text is interrupted by footnotes and makes little or no sense when reading it. It really is a waste of time and money.
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By Royal on 26 Mar. 2013
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The reprint is useful but there are serious issues with the editing and it needs to be reexamined. The person typing up the copy has not done a good job.
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The old Catholic daily wear and vestment reference book 2 Mar. 2015
By E. (Harry) Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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COSTUME OF PRELATES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, ACCORDING TO ROMAN ETIQUETTE by Jean Abel Nainfa is an old book, I believe from the middle of the 19th century, explaining and illustrating the vestments of all Catholic prelates of the era. This is originally a French work and the only beef I have right off the bat is the title originally employed the term "usage", not "etiquette". Of course that is a small detail but I hate inaccuracy--this book is oriented toward not only a display and naming of each vestment but also each vestment's significance. An example is the explanation of the zucchetto, the Catholic skullcap, which has a most fascinating history and usage. The general usage has changed since the 19th century. Another example is the mozzetta, a type of indoors cape.

This book is unique and fascinating because of the changes in vestment usage propagated by the Second Vatican Council. This book is most beautiful and handy as a reference to see and understand each and every thing a prelate would wear--most of it now consigned to mere memory. Pope Paul VI in particular did much to simplify and streamline the ceremonial and daily vestments. Most attractive of all is the emphasis on the layers of ecclesiastical and highly symbolic daily habit of dress. Those old hierarchs wore more layers than a high-ranking lady of the era!

Finally, I cannot stress the beauty of having this French work in English. GENERIC WARNING: be cautious with this type of book, which I always find suspicious in its quality. Often there are very gross errors, missing words and illustrations, even entire sections gone. I ordered a similar book, an old favorite, that had every ugly problem you can imagine from cheap materials to whole sections missing. This work is fairly safe but I would not rely on it to have all its illustrations.
Excellent. Nice addition to my library 21 Mar. 2015
By michael o'hair - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent. Nice addition to my library. Well printed or copied or scanned--however they do it. All the books in the Classic Reprint Series are very attractive outside and nicely, durably bound.
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