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CHURCH OF ENGLAND
[Book of common prayer. 1683]
The book of common prayer, and administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the Church, according to the use of the Church of England; together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches: and the form and manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of bishops, priests, & deacons.
London: printed by the assigns of John Bill deceas'd: and by Henry Hills and Thomas Newcomb, printers to the Kings most excellent Majesty, 1683 [i.e. 1685].
[460] p., add. engr. t.-pl. ; 36.8 cm. (2º)

One column, blackletter. The Kalendar is printed in red and black. The additional engraved title-page with the title 'The Book Of Common Prayer' within a banner spread across the top of a dome, with imprint 'London Printed by Iohn Bill, & Christopher Barker, ...' and signed 'Ianbatista Caespers Inven: D: Loggan sculp:' is found in some copies of other editions by the same publishers from around 1662 to around 1700. Newcombe and Hills were given the patent of king's printer in 1675 'for the printing of all Bibles, New Testaments, Books of Common Prayer...'. Their patent expired in 1739. The Soane copy as described appears to be a later issue, not recorded in ESTC, of the 1683 edition (ESTC r27758) dated after the death of King Charles II in February 1685. Leaves S5 and S6 have been cancelled and replaced with two quires signed (¶)2, in accordance with changes to the Book of common prayer as a consequence of the death of Charles II. King James II's special command to the bishops dated 29 April 1685 is printed on the verso of the first cancellans leaf.

Copy Notes Bookseller's printed label (33 x 44 mm) attached to the verso of the first front free-endpaper reading 'William's / Library of Architecture, / & the Fine Arts. / 10, Charles Street, / Soho Square. / A Liberal Price allowed in / Exchange', with code in pencil 2 R/R/ adjoining. Bookseller's inscription in pencil on final free-endpaper o/r-- / £1-17--.

Binding C19th polished calf, gilt double-ruled borders, concentric gilt double-ruled inner frames with foliate corners, gilt-tooled spine and lettering, gilt edges.

Reference Number 3861


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