“…FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN SECOND ONLY TO THE BIBLE”: HANDSOMELY BOUND 1794 EDITION OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer, And Administration of the Sacraments. Newcastle Upon Tyne: M. Brown, 1794. Octavo, contemporary full red straight-grain morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
Handsome 18th-century edition of the Book of Common Prayer—the magisterial treasury of ritual, prayer and Scripture that has indelibly shaped the piety and literature of the English-speaking world—distinguished in contemporary 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). Bound with A New Version of the Psalms of David, by Brady and Tate, also printed in Newcastle by Brown in 1794. Griffiths 1794:10. Contemporary owner signature, dated 1797.
Marginal ink stain to Qq2v; mild edge-wear to leaves 3G2 and 3G3. Fine condition, very handsome and desirable in contemporary morocco-gilt.