ENGLISH BIBLE AND PSALTERIUM IN ORIGINAL BINDING
[BIBLE]. The booke of common prayer and administration of the sacraments: and other rites and ceremonies of the Church of England.
London, By Robert Barker, printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie, and by the assignes of Iohn Bill, 1635.
The genealogies recorded in the Sacred Scriptvres, according to euery family and tribe. .. by J.S.
[London?: by F. Kingston] Cum privilegio, Anno Dom. 1636. (with)
Holy Bible: containing the Old Testament and the Nevv.
London : by Robert Barker, ..: and by the assignes of Iohn Bill, 1636. (with)
The whole book of Psalmes: collected into English meeter by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins, and others, conferred with the Hebrew,
London : Printed by G. M[iller] for the Companie of Stationers, 1636.
8vo. Four vols. in one. 1) pp. [civ]. [A-F⁸ G⁴.] 2) pp (xl) [A-B⁸ C-D².] 3) pp. (dcccxcvi) [A-3K⁸] 4) pp. [x], 91, [iii]. [A-F⁸ G⁴] Roman, some Italic and Black letter, in double column. Title page to the Book of Common Prayer within fine architectural border, to Genealogies and Psalms within typographical borders, to Bible, and New Testament within heart-shaped woodcut borders with twenty-four small compartments, left, the tents of the twelve tribes; right the twelve Apostles, the four Evangelists at centre. Woodcut illustrations and double page map of the Holy Land to Genealogies, Psalms with woodcut printed music, small woodcut initials, head and tail-pieces, typographical ornaments, early autograph of “Andrew Buchan” on pastedown, manuscript ex dono to Mathew Raby from Dr Paul Charron 1734 on verso of last of NT. Light age yellowing, minor ink stain to first title page, the odd ink scribble, occasional marginal mark or spot. A very good copy, crisp and clean in contemporary English calf, covers bordered with a double blind rule large scrolled lozenge gilt stamped at centres with the initials M and C at each side, spine with blind ruled raised bands, small star fleuron gilt at centres, blind ruled edges, brass catches, lacking clasps. a.e.r., a little worn at foot of spine and on lower cover.
A handsome copy, very finely printed in a tiny Roman type, of this Carolean bible, complete with all the constituent parts required for worship, including the Book of Common prayer and the Psalter, with a profusely illustrated edition of the Genealogies, making up the collected devotional works of the Anglican church in its Laudian heyday. In 1633 Land was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury and for the next seven years he applied his considerable energies to the promotion of a national church that in its liturgy, its discipline and canons was sacramental without being Catholic and protestant without being puritan. His efforts ended in apparent ignominious failure on the scaffold, but though he could not force the establishment of his principles during his lifetime, the Anglican church he envisaged was the one which it eventually became. The Booke of Common prayer contains, printed in Black letter, “A proclamation for the authorizing an uniformitie of the Booke of Common Prayer to bee used throughout the Realme.” This proclamation was put into practise a year later with the production of a Book of Common Prayer for Scotland with disastrous results.
1 ESTC S122835. STC 16402 2) ESTC S2898. STC 23039e. 3) ESTC S125344. STC 2322.5 Darlow & Moule, 391. 4) ESTC S116328. STC 2322.5.