Book of Common Prayer


Publication Date: 1742
From Bauman Rare Books (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

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BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer, And Administration of the Sacraments London: Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, 1742. Folio (measuring 10 by 16 inches), contemporary full paneled black morocco gilt, elaborately gilt decorated spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $4800.Impressive 1742 edition of the magisterial Book of Common Prayer, with engraved frontispiece view of St. Paul s Cathedral, elegantly bound in contemporary full paneled morocco-gilt.Born of Thomas Cranmer s desire for liturgical texts upon which all of Europe s Protestant, English-speaking churches could agree, the beautiful and dignified language of the Book of Common Prayer, first issued in 1549, has considerably influenced not only ecclesiastical practice, but has served "as a source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible" (PMM 75). With engraved frontispiece depicting St. Paul s Cathedral, ornamental woodcut head- and tailpieces and historiated woodcut initials. Bound with a 1744 edition of Sternhold and Hopkins metrical psalter. Griffiths 1742:1. Occasional light foxing; minor triangular loss to lower edge of first leaf, a blank. A few abrasions to distinguished contemporary morocco, gilt bright. A beautiful volume. Bookseller Inventory # 73453

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Title: Book of Common Prayer

Publication Date: 1742

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