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Old Jul 24, '11, 4:24 pm
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Default Key of heaven prayer book?

While I was rummaging through some stuff in my grandmothers attic I found a little prayer book called Key of Heaven. It looks very old but there is no publication date, but there is a list of Imprimaturs and the bishops who gave them, and I was wondering if anyone could help me identify how old it is. Here are the names attached to the imprimaturs:

James, Card. Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore

Patrick John, Archbishop of Philadelphia

E.F. Prendergast, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

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Old Jul 24, '11, 4:43 pm
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Default Re: Key of heaven prayer book?

There are a lot of "Key of Heaven" prayer books published from 1879-1924, so I copied a sampling of those as well, even though they had different imprimaturs-- or no imprimatur listing at all in the bookseller's description.

Just going by the archbishops listed:
Patrick John Ryan (18841911)
Edmond Prendergast (19111918)
James Gibbons (18771921)

I'd probably put your specific book at sometime after 1911 and perhaps before or during the early 1920's.

Either way, seems like you have a nice little book there!

The Key of Heaven
Milner, Right Reverend J.
Publisher: H. L. Kilner & Co., Philadelphia
Publication Date: 1904
Binding: Leather
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: New Revised Edition
Book Type: Catholic Prayer Book

228 pages, black endpages are cracked at inside hinges although the binding is sound, subtle crease on back strip, padded fine leather binding, gilt lettering. Imprimatur of Cardinal Gibbons. Nice little book.

The Key of Heaven: A Manual of Prayer for the Use of the Faithful
Publisher: Benziger Brothers
Publication Date: 1879
Binding: Leather
Book Condition: Good
Leather bound with metal edges. Clasp is missing. Felt bookmarker included but seperated from binding. Pages in very nice condition, no foxing noted, a few pages show light soiling. Binding is solid and even still somewhat tight. Boards show some rubbing wear around the edges. Last page is loose from the binding, but still included.

Key of Heaven (New Key of Heaven: A Complete Book of Prayers and Instructions) with the Epistles and Gospels for Sundays and Holidays
Imprimatur of the Most Rev. Archbishop of New York, Patrick Cardinal Hayes

Publisher: Benziger Brothers
Publication Date: 1924
Binding: Full-Leather
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition


Apparent 1st Edition (500,000 Copies) - BOOK NOTES: VG with gilt applied to title (slightly rubbed), embossed cross (bright) and page edges (bright in areas but moderately rubbed in others) / This tiny palm sized book measuring 2.25" X 3.75" is both unusual and unique. The front cover is a very thick padded full-leather cover to accommodate a recessed white bakelite cross with a golden Christ and inscription above his head. Behind the crusifix is a beautiful golden fabric background. Full-Leather book has cover wear including wear to the leather and a raw edge or two; inside has a few dog-eared pages, a little foxing and the previous owner's name to back inside cover. Binding is solid. Part one contains 288 pages. Part two contains 187 pages which house the Epistles and Gospels for Sundays and Holidays. At the back of the book there are about eight pages containing ads for other books. The crusifix area is not purfect but it is in very good condition.

THE KEY OF HEAVEN With Epistles and Gospels, A Prayer Book for Catholics
Nihil Obstat, Arthur J. Scanlan, S.T.D. (Censor Librorum)
Publisher: Benziger Brothers, New York
Publication Date: 1926
Binding: Flexible Leatherette
Illustrator: B&W Engraving
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued
Edition: First Edition


704 pgs. SUPER RARE book, at the time of this listing (2009), this was the only one that I could find on the internet! Black flexible book has gilt font on spine and front cover, and gilt page edges, and is in good shape with 3 worn through corners and lower spine end. Shelf wear to covers, crease line on spine, black eps, no po names or marks, clean, tight, square, and odor free.
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Old Jul 24, '11, 5:26 pm
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Default Re: Key of heaven prayer book?

Thank you very much I can't believe I forgot to mention who published it (H. L. Kilner & Co., Philadelphia). So Judging by the number of pages and the publisher this particular book must have been published on or after 1904.

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Default Re: Key of heaven prayer book?

I also have My Key to Heaven w/ Nihil Obstat: John M Fearns, S.T.D. Censor Librorum and Imprimatur: Francis Cardinal Spellman Archbishop of New York March 15, has some beautiful prayers in it.
Oh my Jesus, I love You and I adore You with all my heart, with all my soul.
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Default Re: Key of heaven prayer book?

I've also found an Australian copy, with an imprimatur dated 1962.
Has some very nice illustrations in it.
Eph 3:15.... the whole family in heaven and earth....
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Old Jan 14, '13, 10:56 am
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I have this copy.

Key of Heaven
Milner, Right Reverend J.

The book is dated 1874 and signed and dated by I assume the original owner 1877. Its an interesting look into this time period in Catholicism. I picked it up a tag sale, while not in great condition, it is all there.
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I have one dated 1962.

Just ordered an up to date version!
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Good Evening:

I too have a very old (1905) Key of Heaven Prayer Book for Catholics. This is a family collectable that was handed down to me, many years ago, by my grandmother. The prayer book is similar to others in this group discussion with one major difference. The prayer book has a beautiful, (enamel hard cover) detailed color picture of Jesus on the front. Also has the metal clasp. The printer was Francis Quinn & Company of Philadelphia, PA. Also noted was John Barley, Arch Bishop of New York.

My daughter wanted to know if the old prayer books have any value, because they are antiques? She is curious and wanted to know if anyone has knowledge of their value?

Thank you in advance for your reply.

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Old Jul 5, '15, 5:57 pm
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I too have an edition and would like to find another as mine is beyond the dog-eared stage...after all duct tape can only be expected to do so much (even if it is black in color to match the book.).
Anyway, It was published by the Catholic Book Publishing company under a copyright dating from 1954-1947. It was editied by Rev. J.M. Lelen, PhD, and has an Imprimatur on it given by Francis Cardinal Spellman. I really like the pre-Confession examination of Conscience and the devotions to Our Lady contained in it. I haven't been able to find a replacement for it written in that non-P.C. style of reverential writing.
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There are several on Ebay:
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