Well, folks, days don't get much bigger than this in the publishing world. After years of intense labor and preparation, the World Library Publications' Deluxe and Value Editions of The Roman Missal, Third Edition arrived here today. These are advance copies; the rest are on their way. This is the real thing.
I am so proud of all of our employees here at WLP, as well as the many proofers and music engravers who worked so hard to make this a reality. All of these people were capably led by Michael E. Novak, who is the project editor and manager.
A few photos; I feel like a proud new Dad!
Just a reminder: publishers are not allowed to ship copies of the missal until October 1, 2011.
The book just feels great in the hand. The artwork is made possible through a special arrangement with the Vatican Apostolic Library. The text is so readable; the genuine leather tabs with gold leaf look wonderful, the gilded edges of the pages on the deluxe edition are splendid. The genuine leather cover makes this look and feel like a book that will last generations. One of the folks here took a look and said that she thought this was an historic moment for us. I agree. Very excited.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.