The Missing Books of the Bible: The Esdras Apocalypse in English
The 3rd and 4th Books of Esdras (Ezra Apocalypse) in English from the original Douai-Rheims
The following scans are from the 1582-1609 Douai-Rheims translation of the Latin Vulgate. These texts are extremely rare and difficult to find. If your priest isn't aware of their existence, you should avoid his advice. To download this text in its complete form, follow this link to read or download scans of the original Douai Rheims from 1582-1609. This is the only copy of this text on the internet in 2013.
* Note: in this 1582 (completed in 1609) Douai-Rheims, the 3rd and 4th Book of Esdras are placed in between the Old and New Testaments. This is different from the Canonical Catholic Latin Vulgates where these books are found at the end, following John's Apocalypse or what Protestants call it: the Book of Revelation.