New York: Oxford University Press, 1953. First edition. Octavo, original red cloth, red top edge, original dust jacket. Gilt bright, gentle bumping to corners, slight bubbling to rear board, mild toning to dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #816
"THE MONASTIC AGREEMENT OF THE MONKS AND NUNS OF THE ENGLISH NATION"
First American edition printing the Latin manuscript of the tenth-century code of monastic law, with an original publisher's Review slip (noting a publication date of July 9, 1953).
The landmark Regularis Concordia, the text of which survives in two extant manuscripts, is printed here with the original Latin text faced with the English translation. The Agreement arrested the monastic decline in the British Isles and consolidated "the Benedictine revival in which a spiritual movement that had been gathering strength for well-nigh a hundred years found its highest expression" and spurring a reform under figures such as St. Dunstan of Canterbury. Translated with a valuable Introduction and Notes by Dom Thomas Symons, O.S.B. of Downside Abbey. Symons's brief Acknowledgement (dated, "Worth Priory/Feast of St. Dunstan, 1952") claims a debt to the late Abbot Cuthbert Butler and this volume is dedicated: "Edwardi Cuthberti Butler Abbatis Memoriae." This edition is composed of two main sections: a lengthy Introduction in four parts: I. The English Monastic Revival of the Tenth Century, II. Organisation and Life, III. Sources of the Regularis Concordia, IV. The Manuscripts, followed by the Latin Text of Regularis Concordia & English Translation. An illustration ("From the Cotton MS Tiberius A 3 folio 2b") precedes the introduction. Published in the same year as the first British edition, this volume was part of the Medieval Classics series of Latin originals in English translation (edited by V.H. Galbreath and R.A.B. Mynors). The series also included the Life of Ailred of Rievaulx by Walter Daniel (edited by Sir. Maurice Powicke) and the Monastic Constitutions of Lanfranc (edited by Dom David Knowles).