I just wrote this post and thought I’d saved it, but it vanished. Bah. Well. As I was trying to say – special reader offer, even better than the polyester nighties advertised in the back of the Telegraph mag on Saturdays!! Courtesy of a good Father at Pluscarden, one battered but usable The Garden of the Soul; or, A Manual of Select Prayers for the Use of the Faithful. Containing Devotions for Mass; The Ordinary of the Mass; The Rosary; The Bona Mors; Devotions to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Way of the Cross; Vespers for Sundays; Litanies; and other prayers and devotions (Dublin, n.d. [but the table of movable feasts begins in 1884, so presumably that’s the date of printing]).

(Just to warn you, the Mass text is only in translation. But there are handy hints for servers.)

With a title page like that, much further explanation would be superfluous! But in the interests of gratuitous metaphor, one might say it’s foie gras to A Simple Prayer Book‘s chicken liver. But with out-of-date indulgences. (D’you think I’d make it in the advertising industry?!) Having flicked through it, I’m now quite tempted to keep it. But, lectores dilecti (and fellow bloggers), if you wants it it’s yours. Leave your email address in a comment, or drop me a line on boeciana[at]yahoo.co.uk . First come first served. Unless on a whim I decide otherwise.