Finely Bound Example of The Book of Common Prayer
Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England.
Item Number: 76543
Cambridge: John Baskerville, 1762.
Finely bound example of The Book of Common Prayer. Quarto, bound in full contemporary gold-tooled calf, gilt decorated with floral and crown tools and foliate roll-tooling, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, gilt decorated, board edges gilt, turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
The Book of Common Prayer was created out of Thomas Cranmer's desire for a liturgical text that all of Europe's Protestant, English-speaking churches could agree on. Its magisterial liturgical language is, "as a source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible" (PMM 75). The Book of Common Prayer was first issued in 1549 during the reign of Edward VI and revised through the reign of Mary I, James II, and ending significantly in 1832.