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Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press by J. Cooke and S. Collingwood, 1820. With A Fore-Edge Scene of Oxford

[FORE-EDGE PAINTING]. [CHURCH OF ENGLAND]. The Book of Common Prayer And Administration of the Sacraments. And Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the United Church of England and Ireland; Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as They are to be Sung or Said in Churches; and the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press by J. Cooke and S. Collingwood, 1820.

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BRADY, Nicholas and Nahum Tate. A New Version of the Psalms of David, Fitted to Tunes Used in Churches. Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press by Samuel Collinwood, 1822.

Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 1/8 in; 210 x 130 mm). Unpaginated (A-Rr8, Ss4; A-F8). Calendar and tables.

Contemporary full crimson straight-grain morocco with triple fillet border in blind and panel with large gilt corner-pieces of volutes, curls and roundels enclosing a central masonic sunburst emblem in gilt with dove and Tetragrammaton to both covers. Heavily gilt tooled compartments and spine head and tail. Gilt rolls to edge corners. Gilt fillets to turn-ins. All edges gilt. With the crimson morocco bookplate of Christ's Church - Middlesex dated 1825. Housed in an early twentieth century red cloth slipcase.

With a splendid early twentieth century fore-edge painting by an unknown hand depicting Folly Bridge and Bacon's Tower at Oxford.

Folly Bridge is a stone bridge over the River Thames carrying the Abingdon Road, south from the center of Oxford, England. It was erected 1825-27, to designs of a little-known architect, Ebenezer Perry (died 1850), who practiced in London. The bridge is in two parts separated by an island. The origin of the name is uncertain, although it has been suggested that it originated about 1650 after a tenant of Bacon's study.


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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