The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England, Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, …And the Form & Manner of Making, Ordaining, & Consecrating of Bishops, Priests and Deacons.

London, Printed by John Baskett and Robert Baskett, …, 1742; Printed by James Roberts, …, 1739.


Folio. No pagination and foliation; ff. ii, [a]4 b-c 4 A-Z4 Aa-Zz4 Aaa1 A-O2 . Double-column text. Roman and Italic letter, sporadic black letter. Title in red and black, attractive floriated and historiated woodcut initials from various sets and of different sizes, and capital spaces with guideletters; large head- and tail-pieces, signed engraved frontispiece of Saint Paul’s Cathedral (by artist James Mynde). Tables containing the calendar of movable and immovable feasts and prayer times. Prayers referring to the royals were cut out from a late C19th edition of the BCP and glued on the matching passages – A4v and B1r (Morning Prayer), B3v B4r (Evening Prayer) and C2r (The Litany) – as a sort of update for the Victorian subject and faithful. B3 and C2 with small tears to lower margin, Hh1 with large clean tear from lower margin towards centre; large ink stain to margin of D2. Sumptuous contemporary full panelled green morocco gilt, elaborately gilt decorated spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers with bookplate of “Margaret Trotter”, a.e.g. Bound with a 1739 edition of Sternhold and Hopkins’ metrical psalter. Occasional soiling and thumb marks, especially to lower corners. Lightly rubbed on covers, minor chips to hinges and edges. A very impressive volume.

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