London: Society of SS. Peter and Paul, 1922. First edition. Octavo (8 5/8 inches tall), original gilt red cloth, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Embossed blind-stamp to front endpaper, sporadic marginal notes in ink, prayers pasted to p.35 and rear endpaper, modest spotting to front board, minor bumping to corners. Very good indeed. Item #1031
"REMEMBER CHRISTIAN SOUL / THAT THOU HAST THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF THY LIFE" First edition of the Priests' Sanctuary Book of Common Prayers—published by the Society of SS. Peter and Paul in a gilt-stamped binding with a Lamb holding a Banner atop a Book with Seven Seals. Founded in 1910, the SSPP began printing liturgical materials "in the best manner possible" for the English Church. "The general style of the productions of these 'missals' is highly attractive. The printer's ornaments of the Baroque period are very effectively used, and the typographical resources of the Chiswick and other presses ingeniously employed by the designer, Mr. Samuel Gurney" (Stanley Morison). Guided by Maurice Child, the "animateur of a circle of roguish Anglo-Catholics indulging an extravagant Romanism" (Evelyn Waugh), the Society of SS. Peter and Paul was founded with a mission "to revolutionize Anglican taste." This collection of prayers, hymns and litanies seems to anticipate later devotionals such as St. Augustine's Prayer Book in emphasizing a three-fold life of prayer based on participation in the Eucharist, worship in the life of the Church, and private devotions. The rubrics and general directions to the Priest are printed in italics. True to the aesthetics of the SSPP, this volume is illustrated with a frontispiece of a priest elevating the Host, a bordered title page similar to the one used for the SSPP's 1921 Anglican Missal, and a concluding vignette ("Laus Deo") by W.M.R. Quick. The text is decorated throughout with ornaments tailpieces and concludes with an illustrated colophon "Imprinted at the Mayflower Press." and an Index. Waugh, The Life of the Right Reverend Ronald Knox. Morison, English Prayer Books: An Introduction to the Literature of Christian Public Worship.