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(BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER; French & English.)

Le Livre des Prieres Communes, Et de l’Administration des Sacremens,

Et Autres Rites & Ceremonies de L'Eglise, selon l'usage de l'eglise d'Angleterre: avec le pseautier ou les Pseaumes de David, ponctuez selon qu'ils doivent étre chantez ou recitez dans les eglises. A l'usage de son Altesse Royale Le Prince Frederik.

Published: Oxford: imprimé par Jean Baskett, imprimeur du Roi, 1717

Stock code: 71427

Price: £1,000

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An attractive early Georgian binding for this bilingual BCP. “A reissue of the French–English 1717 ‘Book of common prayer’, with a new titlepage and preliminaries in French added before the original parallel French and English titlepages, and slight resetting by removal of ornaments in the direction lines” (ESTC). In this copy, the French title appears first, followed by the French prelims, and the English title precedes the text.

Octavo (195 120 mm). Contemporary black morocco, spine divided in six compartments by raised bands, compartments divided saltire-wise with dotted rules, with tulip-head tools and dots, sides gilt with a central lozenge built up of massed tools enclosed by an outer lozenge of rolls and flower-heads, cornerpieces, outer French fillet in gilt, turn-ins gilt with floral roll, comb-marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Ruled in red throughout; double columns, parallel English and French text. Head of spine and two corners worn, other extremities rubbed, joints just starting at ends but holding firm, internally clean, a very good royal-ruled copy.

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