I have been using this for the past two weeks and have found it a pleasure to use. They have done a nice job in so many ways. There are a few things that could have been done better and I'll discuss those as the review moves along. None of the small issues I have would preclude me from heartily recommending the BP Breviary. They should be seen as recommendations for future releases.
The slip cases are nice and worth using while you are storing the two unused volumes.
The IHS symbol is nice and shiny. However I could just as easily do without it.
Here we see a closeup example of a Matins lesson. Some ghosting is seen here. But its not too bad.
A non-closeup of the same Matins lesson shows the page layout for this hour. From a distance the pages look rather busy. But as you use it you will realize it isn't.
The three above photos show the position of the Psalter in the breviary. I am not a fan (as readers know) of the Psalter being in the front of the book. It is one of the reasons I stopped using the Anglican Breviary. It can be very tough on the spine over time. The BP breviary is by far the best example of having the Psalter in the front of the breviary. It moves far enough into the book to not be a downer or irritating. However, I still prefer the Psalter in the middle because I find it difficult to remember the placement of the other sections. Some day I will try to do a post solely on why psalter up front it best.
The artwork is, of course, done extremely well.
Comparison of size to the modern Liturgy of the Hours.
The above two photos are a comparison on the BP Breviary and the modern Liturgy of the Hours. They are both nice for different reasons. I post this only because it is an interesting study in Divine Office typesetting.
I have been reading complaints about the ribbons around the internet. They aren't great, thats for sure. I suspect future printings will fix this. In the meantime...mine will probably be cut out and replaced with a card down the spine set. If you do that, make sure you get ones that are long enough.
The level of flexibility of the leather. No breviary-yoga with this set! That's ok of course. The size of the books requires a slightly more firm cover. I think you will be happy with the covers. They are very appropriately done.
Side view, just because.
The Rituale excerpts are in Latin only.
I love the fact that the common parts such as the Venite, Benedictus, and Magnificat are in the back pages. No reason to use cards!
Well, ok. It comes with a TON of cards. BP did a nice job giving you a card for every and any contingency. You really get a lot for your money!
The books layer flat for me just minutes after opening.
This shows the thickness of the books. Each volume is roughly the same thickness of the Anglican Breviary. They are rather large but don't feel too big.
Don't they look nice?
Three cheers for Baronius Press. I have been using this set for the past two weeks and am very happy with it. It is extremely pleasant to use and worth every penny you will spend. There is more I will say in part 2 of my review. Stay tuned!