London: Geoffrey Cumberlege / Oxford University Press, . 24mo. (5 5/8 inches tall), contemporary full caramel brown calf, central gilt monogram, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Fine. Item #1079
"THE ENGLISH HYMNAL IS A COLLECTION OF THE BEST HYMNS IN THE LANGUAGE"
Beautifully bound mid-century edition of The English Hymnal—monogrammed in full caramel brown calfskin by Bayntun Riviere of Bath.
First published in 1906, The English Hymnal was meant as a companion to the Book of Common Prayer. A short Preface (with Explanatory Notes and Acknowledgments) describes "an attempt to combine in one volume the worthiest expressions of all that lies within the Christian Creed, from those 'ancient Fathers' who were the earliest hymn writers down to contemporary exponents of modern aspirations and ideals." This edition, a small handbook (described on the title page as a "Long Primer 24mo.) printed on thin India paper, consists of 12 sections, numbered 1 - 744: Part I. The Christian Year, Part II. Saints Days and Other Holy Days, Part III. Times and Seasons, Part IV. Sacraments and Other Rites, Part V. General Hymns, Part VI. Special Occasions, Part VII. Church and People, Part VIII. Mission Services, Part IX. At Catechism, Part X. Processional, Part XI. Litanies, etc., Part XII. Introits, etc. This copy was custom-bound for presentation by Bayntun-Riviere in a monogrammed gilt calf binding, with an inserted leaf: "Wendy Campbell Voullaire / Combe Sydenham Hall / Somerset." Printed in Great Britain at the University Press Oxford by Charles Baty, Printer to the University.