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THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. [and] A COMPANION TO THE ALTAR. [with] A NEW VERSION OF THE PSALMS OF DAVID by (BINDINGS - 18TH CENTURY SCOTTISH) - 1788, 1785 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST16866c)

THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. [and] A COMPANION TO THE ALTAR. [with] A NEW VERSION OF THE PSALMS OF DAVID

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THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. [and] A COMPANION TO THE ALTAR. [with] A NEW VERSION OF THE PSALMS OF DAVID

by (BINDINGS - 18TH CENTURY SCOTTISH)

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Edinburgh: printed by the assigns of Alexander Kincaid, 1788, 1785. 178 x 108 mm. (7 x 4 1/4"). [216] leaves.
VERY PLEASING CONTEMPORARY SCOTTISH CRIMSON MOROCCO, HANDSOMELY GILT, covers with single fillet outer border and entwined feather and bead gilt roll as inner border, smooth spine panels decorated with gilt curls at corners and one of three large and elegant centerpieces (spider's web within starburst, urn with garland, and urn with stylized bird alighting on its finial), black morocco label, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Verso of first preliminary blank neatly signed in ink by early owner Helen Campbell. Griffiths 1788/9. Upper joint just slightly rubbed and flaked, faint soiling to covers, one gathering trivially browned, but a very pleasing copy, clean and fresh internally, and in a solid binding that still gleams.

Looking very pretty on the shelf, this is an elegant Edinburgh binding with Neoclassical elements that hint at the influence of James Scott. Working outside the two traditional Scottish geometrical manners of decoration--the so-called "wheel" and "herringbone" styles--Scott (fl. 1773-84) made a significant divergent contribution to British bookbinding, and his work is highly prized. Whoever is responsible for our binding, (s)he has exhibited a measure of Scott's originality, and shows notable subtlety in the facile use of tools..

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This exquisite Deluxe Edition of the Anglican prayer book and literary masterpiece commemorates the 350th anniversary of the 1662 edition intimately familiar to our most enduring writers (Austen, Swift, the Brontës). It features a new introduction by The New Yorker ’s book critic, James Wood, discussing how it has influenced the English language and literature. As essential to the canon as the Bible and the plays of Shakespeare, The Book of Common Prayer has been in daily use for centuries. Originally produced for the Church of England in the sixteenth century by Thomas Cranmer, who was burned at the stake upon the accession to the throne of the ardently Catholic Queen Mary, it contains the entire liturgy as first presented in English—as well as some of the oldest phrases to be used by modern English speakers. Here are the daily prayers, scripture readings, psalm recitals, and the services marking such religious milestones as baptism, confirmation, and marriage (“to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, to till death do us part”), all from the 1662 edition, whose words live on to this day sin figures of speech, ceremonial vows and benedictions, and in the work of some of the greatest writers in English literature.

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Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
ST16866c
Title
THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. [and] A COMPANION TO THE ALTAR. [with] A NEW VERSION OF THE PSALMS OF DAVID
Author
(BINDINGS - 18TH CENTURY SCOTTISH)
Book condition
Used
Quantity-available
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Publisher
printed by the assigns of Alexander Kincaid
Place of Publication
Edinburgh
Date Published
1788, 1785

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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material, but over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.

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gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [More]
leaves
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morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [More]
spine
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verso
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
edges
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