"A SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION… SECOND ONLY TO THE BIBLE": BEAUTIFULLY BOUND 1637 BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, BOUND WITH THE NEW TESTAMENT FROM THE FIRST SCOTTISH EDITION OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer…. London: Robert Barker and the Assignes of John Bill, 1637. WITH: BIBLE. The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Edinburgh: by the Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majestie [i.e., Robert Young], 1633. 12mo, contemporary full crushed black morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, marbled endpapers, silver clasps and catches, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $4200.
1637 London edition of the beloved Book of Common Prayer, bound together with the New Testament extracted from the first complete edition of the King James Bible to be published in Scotland (1633), beautiful in contemporary full crushed morocco-gilt with silver clasps and catches.
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 for centuries, becoming "a source of spiritual inspiration… for most Englishmen second only to the Bible" (PMM 75). This edition bound together with the New Testament extracted from the first edition of the King James Bible to be printed in Scotland (although the New Testament alone had been printed previously, in 1628). "This should not be called a distinct edition of the New Testament, though probably some copies were issued separately" (Darlow & Moule 367; Herbert 476). Also bound with a 1638 London edition of Sternhold and Hopkins' popular metrical psalter. With elaborately engraved title pages, decorative borders, initials, head- and tailpieces. Hand-ruled in red throughout. Griffiths 1637:7. Armorial bookplate.
Pinprick burn hole to leaf 3I4, affecting letters but not sense of text. Right margin of [F6] of metrical psalter trimmed away. Restoration to gathering G of metrical psalter. Contemporary binding exceptionally lovely with gilt bright, silver clasps and catches intact and functional. A fine prayer book and New Testament, most handsomely bound.