New York: Oxford University Press, 1944. Contemporary full crimson morocco (5 5/8 inches tall), gilt panels, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Very faint toning to spine, else Fine. Item #1113
"THIS CHURCH IS FAR FROM INTENDING TO DEPART FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IN ANY ESSENTIAL POINT OF DOCTRINE, DISCIPLINE, OR WORSHIP"
Oxford University Press edition of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer—a pocket edition in a fine contemporary gilt morocco binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The Book of Common Prayer is a treasury of ritual and Scripture that has indelibly shaped the piety and literature of the English-speaking world. As a legacy of the older literary language of the Elizabethan Age, the Prayer Book is "for most Englishmen second only to the Bible" (Printing and the Mind of Man). The American War of Independence was especially divisive within the Church of England. This edition includes the brief Preface (Philadelphia, October, 1789) outlining the necessity of establishing a separate Episcopal Church, while at the same time affirming that "this Church is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, discipline or worship." The text is preceded with the brief Ratification of the Book of Common Prayer, with the convention's stipulation that "this Book shall be in use from and after" October 1, 1790. This wartime edition is bound with the Psalter, the Ordinal, a Catechism, and the Articles of Religion, each with a separate half-title. Also bound with the Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church, with a separate title page and its own preface. Printed by Oxford University Press in New York during the Second World War, the personalized fine binding, with gilt initials on the front board, is accompanied by the owner's 1944 Confirmation card laid-in at the rear. A handsome copy.