London: Oxford University Press, 1965. First thus. 12mo, original half black and red cloth, original dust jacket. Bookplate. Very faint toning to the spine of the dust jacket. An excellent copy. Item #531
"THE ONLY RITES WHICH POSSESS ANY KIND OF AUTHORITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ARE THOSE CONTAINED IN THE PRAYER BOOKS OF 1662 AND 1928" First revised edition of Percy Dearmer’s classic text for the conduct of Anglican worship, updated and modernized by a former student. Percy Dearmer was a member of the Alcuin Club (along with Walter Howard Frere, Charles Gore, W.H. St. John Hope, etc.) the society of liturgical scholars founded in 1897 to promote loyalty to, and the study of, the Book of Common Prayer. First published in 1899, the handbook was enlarged in 1903 and remained unaltered through its twelfth edition in 1932. This thirteenth edition was revised and rewritten by Cyril E. Pocknee, a former student of Dearmer's. Pocknee acknowledged a need for currency: "When this Handbook appeared in its earlier editions at the beginning of this century both the theological and the social climate were vastly different from that which prevails today."
This revision includes Pocknee's valuable Introduction (dated "Twickenham, Lent, 1964") which affirms the club's adherence to the "Via Media" of traditional Anglicanism: "The founder members of the Alcuin Club took as their watchword loyalty to the Book of Common Prayer and to the Church of England, Catholic and Reformed. They believed the English Prayer Book to have Catholic rites and ceremonies which did not require to be supplemented by additions and borrowings from the Roman Missal." Illustrated with a frontispiece sketch, "Susum Corda" (Hearts Lifted), by Richard Belsham and illustrated throughout with sixteen lovely photographic plates and two diagrams in the text. The text is supplemented with two appendices: Appendix I: Collects for Use in Procession and on other Occasions, Appendix II: New and Revised Canons Section G, Things Appertaining to Churches. Select Bibliography. Index.