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in Greek, romanized as ] Leitourgia Brettanik? ?goun Biblos d?mosi?n euch?n kai diakon?se?s myst?ri?n kai t?n all?n thesm?n kai telet?n en t? Ekkl?sia h?m?n Anglikan? eis t[?n] t?n philhell?n?n ne?n charin hell?nisti ekdotheisa. Liber precum publicarum ac celebrationis sacramentorum reliquorumq[ue]; rituum & caeremoniarum in Ecclesi? nostr? Anglican?, in studiosae juventutis gratiam nunc prim?m graec? editus. Oper? & studio Eliae PetilI presbyteri.

Church of England. Book of Common Prayer. Greek.

Published by Typis Tho. Cotes pro Richardo Whitakero, Londini, 1638
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First Greek translation of the entire Liturgy, including the Psalter, done by Elias Petley from the 1604 English Prayer Book. The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer describes this work as "reflecting an interest in Anglican-Orthodox union being promoted by Archbishop Laud and the Greek Patriarch Cyril Lucar"; the volume is dedicated to Laud. The main title-page is printed in red and black; the separate title-page for the Psalter has a neat woodcut printer's vignette and blazons (in Greek type) Psalterion prophetou kai basileos tou Dabid. The elegant Greek type is set in double columns, with some nicely laid in typographic ornaments and decorated capitals. The signing is erratic, but the collation of this example matches most recorded descriptions: Leaf ?1, apparently a cancel in a few copies but lacking in most reported examples and not present here, was a supplemental title-page giving Biblos d?mosi?n euch?n, kai leitourg?se?s myst?ri?n; Griffiths calls for only one preliminary leaf, as is found here, with the other leaf in the gathering being a blank. Leaf 1C2 is a cancel. Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Twistleton Fiennes, with that family's motto: "Fortem posce animum"; front free endpaper rubber-stamped "Birch" and front fly-leaf inked "Tho.s Birch e Coll. Herts. Oxon." (apparently neither the historian nor the marine painter); title-page with inked monogram (obscure). 8vo (16.1 cm, 6.5"). [262] pp. (lacking prelim. blank f.). [?1A4?4(-?1) ?4?4 ?4??4???1 B?N4 A?04 P2]. ESTC S108726; STC (rev. ed.) 16432 & 2353; Griffiths, Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer, (Other Languages) 45/2. Psalter: Darlow & Moule 4683. See: Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer 57. Contemporary speckled calf, covers framed in gilt double fillets, rebacked with speckled calf quite plainly (without labels but with gilt-dotted raised bands); corners rubbed, original leather showing expectable acid-pitting. One preliminary blank (only) lacking; title-pages trimmed closely at outer edge, affecting typographical border and (on main page) one letter of publication information. Ownership marks as above. Pages lightly age-toned, otherwise clean; tiny spot of worming in lower inner margin, not affecting text. => A handsome and evocative little book. Bookseller Inventory # 26373

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Title: in Greek, romanized as ] Leitourgia ...

Publisher: Typis Tho. Cotes pro Richardo Whitakero, Londini

Publication Date: 1638

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