English Prayer Books; An Introduction to the Literature of Christian Public Worship. Stanley Morison.
English Prayer Books; An Introduction to the Literature of Christian Public Worship

English Prayer Books; An Introduction to the Literature of Christian Public Worship

Cambridge: At the University Press, 1945. Second edition. Original blind-and-gilt-stamped blue cloth (7 1/8 inches tall), original double-sided printed dust wrapper. Signature of early academic owner to blank flyleaf, gentle bump to corner of cloth, toning to spine and flaps, touch of wear to corners of original wrapper. A bright, clean, near-fine copy. Item #892

"THE NATURE OF THE PRINCIPAL BOOKS EMPLOYED IN PUBLIC WORSHIP IN ENGLAND" Second revised edition of Stanley Morison's important study of liturgical printing—an excellent copy of a fragile wartime production. Morison's inquiry into the origin and development of Service-Books was published as the inaugural volume in the Problems of Worship series, edited by W.R. Matthews (Dean of St. Paul's) and F.W.D. Dwelly (Dean of Liverpool). Morison describes four separate "Creative Periods," including First: Apostolic Times to the Fifth Century, Second: Fifth to Tenth Century, Third: Tenth to Fifteenth Century, Fourth or Modern Period: Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. He concludes with The Present Day: Summary and a Postscript containing a valuable bibliography and acknowledgments. The brief Editor's Preface, alluding to the Second World War, attributes "an increased interest in the great truths which are exhibited in Christian theology, the editors believe also that there is a widespread feeling of need to relate these truths to the emotional life in the experience of worship." First published in 1943, this second edition concludes with Morison's statement (dated, "London, 23 January 1945") regarding the nature and extent of the revisions. The Alcuin Club printed its own edition of English Prayer Books (also in 1943 by Oxford University Press) which brought the "criticism of a more learned audience than it might otherwise have reached." The Alcuin Club "passed on numerous important corrections" with Morison noting "corrections at several points regarding editions of the Book of Common Prayer." Printed by W. Lewis, M.A. at the University Press (Walter Lewis was Printer to Cambridge University Press from 1923-1946). The thin cased boards and dense typographical wrapper are a model of wartime book production. Barker calls this "a remarkable little book in many ways. It was a miracle of "war economy" production, legible but without a wasted inch of paper." With two indexes: Author's and Printers and Prayer Books and Literature. Appleton, Writings of Stanley Morison, 166.

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