The Book Of Common Prayer

 [ Bognummer: 166487 ] and Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England, together with the Psalter or Psalms of David Pointed as they are to be Sung or Said in Churches. London: John Sturt 1717. Richly illustr. X + XII + 166 + [2] pp. Well-preserved copy bound in fine contemporary black morocco with blind tooling, a so called "Sombre Binding". Spine weakly marked of use.
David Sturt's magnificent edition, engraved throughout, and with a dial (lacking the pointer as usual), with King George's (remarkable with The Lord's Prayer, the Creed, etc. forming the portrait), the Prince of Wales and his Consort's portraits surrounded with magnificent engraved borders. All pages with engraved borders and numerous engraved initials with only few repeats, and numerous illustrations in the text showing biblical scenes and portraits. 2 engraved heraldic bookplates. An unusual piece of book craft. After the list of subscribers is found the following meant for the binder: "The Binders are desired not to beat these Books, it doing great Damage to all Engrav'd Printing". "John Sturt (1658 - 1730) engraver, his most remarkable production was the book of Common Prayer, executed on 188 silverplates, all adorned with borders and vignettes, the frontispiece being a portrait of King George, on which are inscribed, in characters so minute as to be legible only with a magnifying glass, the Creed, the Lord's prayer, the Commandments, the prayer for the royal family, and the twenty-first psalm. This was published in 1717." [DNB LV, 138].
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