London: Basil Montagu Pickering, 1875. First edition. Original illustrated mustard cloth (5 5/8 inches tall) stamped in black, blank spine, all edges red. Early owner signature, mild tanning to blank endpapers. Very good indeed. Item #1261
"LEAVE NOT THE LAMBS OF CHRIST'S FOLD UNTAUGHT IN THE THINGS WHICH BELONG TO THEIR PEACE"
First edition of this pocket-sized Victorian Catechism of the Church of England—illustrated throughout by Robert Bateman and complete in the original decorated cloth boards. Uncommon and quite charming,
This Anglican Catechism ("that is to say, an instruction to be learned of every person before he be brought to be confirmed by the bishop") was a companion to the Child's Church Service of the previous year. Features a brief Preface: "That some such book as this is urgently necessary for these times of School Board teachings (I cannot call it education) is, I think, undeniable" ("The Compiler"). While "the compiler" is not named, this book is attributed to the author of The Child's Church Service, identified (by the British Library) as Samuel Childs Clarke. Like the author, the illustrator of this companion to The Child's Church Service is also unnamed but the uniform Arts-and-Crafts bindings and woodcuts were designed by Robert Bateman. Working in the style of the Pre-Raphaelites, Bateman, who also illustrated The Latin Year (1877), prepared several diptych-style woodcuts visualizing the typology of the liturgy with dual images. The text is bracketed with advertisements by the publisher. Printed by Whittingham and Wilkins at the Chiswick Press.