Oxford: Printed at the University Press, 1866. 16 mo. (6 3/8 inches tall), contemporary full brown pebbled morocco stamped in black, mounted brass cross and engraved clasp, two red silk ribbon markers, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt over red. Scattered very light prior owner notations in pencil (mostly marking the dates of certain feast days), a few very old, small plant leaves laid-in which have created some offsetting, tiny nick to front board. About-fine. Item #873
VICTORIAN BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER IN A FINE PRESENTATION BINDING Fine Oxford University Press edition of the Book of Common Prayer—in a lovely nineteenth-century full morocco binding, with a mounted brass cross and a working clasp, engraved in a Gothic script ("M.L. / to S.G.M.L. / Easter / 1869"). 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). This edition includes all of the standard pre-1928 Book of Common Prayer forms of worship, ending with "A Table of the [Thirty-Nine] Articles" and "A Table of Kindred and Affinity." The text throughout is ruled in red and printed in red and black, and contains numerous decorated initials. This edition was printed in Oxford by the Clarendon Press, with colophon ("Dominus illuminatio mea") on the verso of the title page distinguishing the Oxford office of the press from the London subsidiary.