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The Rosary Collector’s Guide

Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner

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With 240 color photos and engaging text, this is the first book devoted to collecting rosaries. Hundreds of examples and informative text enables antique lovers, historians, and collectors of religious artifacts to identify variations of rosaries, and their crosses, crucifixes, and religious medals, determining their age and place of origin. It contains historical insights and descriptions, explaining materials used and legends associated with various rosaries. Background information on rosary makers, answers to frequently asked questions, and a glossary to define related terms are also included. With the information enclosed, readers searching brick and mortar stores or online will be able to distinguish between genuine antiques, reproductions, and rosaries that have been altered. The color photographs and concise descriptions identify old and new rosaries in detail. From the boxwood rosary owned by England’s King Henry VIII to the newest Mysteries of Light Rosary developed by Pope John Paul II, this volume spans the ages and brings new understanding of both the rosary’s beauty and its place in history.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 241 color photos | 152 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345357 | Binding: hard cover

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This volume was written by a mother and daughter team. Gloria Brady Hoffner, the product of twelve years of Catholic education, has been collecting rosaries since childhood. With the exception of the King Henry VIII boxwood rosary, all of the rosaries shown in this book are part of her personal collection. She gives rosary presentations for schools and community organizations. She was a legal secretary for a large Philadelphia law firm for over thirty years and counts music, photography, and travel among her interests. Gloria’s daughter, Helen Hoffner, Ed.D., enjoys researching the varieties of rosaries to be found throughout the world. Helen is a professor at Holy Family University, has written several professional reference books, and is a frequent contributor to academic journals.