London: Basil Montagu Pickering, 1874. Original illustrated mustard cloth (5 5/8 inches tall), stamped in black, blank spine, all edges red. Mild tanning to endpapers. Very good indeed. Item #1120
"CHRIST COMMANDED THE CHILDREN TO BE BROUGHT UNTO HIM"
Early printing of this popular illustrated Anglican liturgy for Victorian children—a lovely copy in the original illustrated binding. Beautifully illustrated with a frontispiece (repeated on the front board), a decorated title page, a full-page plate, and 11 double-paneled vignettes in the style of a diptych. The woodcuts are embellished with the Greek letters for Alpha and Omega. Although uncredited, the illustrations are unmistakably by the artist Robert Bateman. Prefaced by the un-named Compiler with a brief note to Parents: "I would remind those who respect the voice of the Church of England, of her appeal to the Primitive Church, and of the fact that the Primitive Church suffered children not only to be present, but also to partake of these Holy Mysteries." Designed and printed at the Chiswick Press with large void spaces, a mix of Roman and Italic types, in various point sizes, with three pages printed vertically. Bound with publisher's advertisements at both front and back, noting two volumes "by the same compiler" of the Child's Church Service. Although labeled on the title page as the "third edition, fifth thousand," WorldCat locates only four copies. Presumably, many copies of this book, with the text glued ("perfect-bound) in fragile boards, and freely distributed to children nearly 150 years ago, were subsequently damaged and discarded.