February 2022 Catalogue

Lovely 1723 Tall Folio Book Of Common Prayer With The Gilt Monogram Device Of King George I 3. (BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER) The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments. London, 1723. Tall folio, contemporary full mottled brown calf expertly rebacked with original spine neatly laid down, corners and spine panels with gilt device of the crown of King George I. $8250. Click for more info Beautiful early 18th-century tall folio edition of the venerable Book of Common Prayer, with fine engraved frontispiece, handsome in nicely restored contemporary calf featuring the gilt device of King George I in the corners and spine panels. 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 also literature in English. “The language of the Prayer Book is now part of the whole language… and as a source of spiritual inspiration, it is for most Englishmen second only to the Bible” (PMM75). Ornamentedwith fine engraved frontispiece (dated 1710), decorative headpieces and woodcut initials. Griffiths 1723:1. A few ink corrections and marginal annotations. A few short wormtraces, text clean, evidence of cloth ties, corners expertly restored. A very handsome volume. “Give peace in our time, O Lord.” February 2022 – 5 – Bauman Rare Books