I received a couple weeks ago my copy of Lancelot Andrewes Press edition of the Monastic Matins. This is essentially a photocopy/reprint of the 1925 Oxford Press edition with updates for the interim 1956 rubrics.
Here are a few more details:
- The Psalter is the well known (Anglican) Coverdale version.
- The rest of the scripture inside is King James aka Authorized Version.
- The Collects are the English renditions from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, though they correspond almost exactly to their "traditional" Catholic English renderings from my Baronius 1962 Missal and my explicitly Catholic Monastic Diurnal.
- Being particularly Anglican, it includes and gives precedence to English Saints on the calendar. There are supplementals in the back for "Western Rite" feast days. These are for the Catholic and Western Rite Orthodox users of the book.
- That means it does have the Assumption and other things with the Catholic Propers included...
Just to make the point clear, consider the publication of the Matins book:
- From a Catholic Breviary.
- Translated for use by Anglicans.
- Published by a Western Rite Orthodox publisher.
- Used lovingly by people of all three groups.
The blurriness in the photo is a camera effect not a printing problem. 99% of the text is absolutely perfect, as you can see.
The real gem of this edition however is the cover. The cover is fantastic. Who the heck needs leather when you have Vivella? I once wrote that every book worth having was worth buying in leather. I need to modify that a little I think.
Any book worth having is worth buying in leather but buy it in Vivella if you can. Something like that. You get my point. Oh, btw, the price is right too. $45 ain't bad. Finally, if you have the Monastic Diurnal from St. Michael's, don't worry because this one supplements it just fine. At least it seems to in my humble estimation.