Church of England

The Book of Common Prayer

London: Charles Bill and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb. 1707.

8vo. 193x120mm. Unpaginated. A8-Z8, Aa8, Bb8, Cc4. Psalms. A8-H8, I4. Extra-illustrated with forty three engraved plates all hand-coloured and with tissue guards. Text in double columns, ruled in red. Contemporary red morocco, gilt panels to boards, with decorated edge and corner pieces. Spine with raised bands, lavishly decorated in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Recent repairs to joints at head and foot of spine, corners repaired and some of the gilt retouched. Ownership inscription of "Jane Lloyd. The gift of her mother Annabella Williams 1791". Title page has ownership inscription of Jane Lloyd Swan Hill and Bridgett Lytton.Internally in very good condition throughout and the hand-coloured engravings are beautifully preserved. The images show scenes from the Bible relating to the readings for the particular Sundays and Holy Days. There are images of various saints whose feasts are kept in the Church of England and, in acknowledgement of the established nature of the English Church, there are engravings of Queen Anne and of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot, the Martyrdom of Charles I and the Restoration of Charles II. We have been unable to trace the artist but the work is of good quality and the hand colouring is gorgeously rich and vibrant.

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