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and Administration of the Sacraments, and - BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER (The) - 1810. 
Verdun, Printed by Lewis Christophe 1810. - 12mo., ff. ; ruled border to title-page; slightly dusty but a very good copy in contemporary panelled calf, rather worn, spine chipped; later bookplates of Fritz Ponsonby (1867-1935, of the Grenadier Guards, with the calling card of his wife laid in), and of George Rainbird.First edition thus, very scarce, edited by John Barnabas Maude, and printed for the use of English prisoners detained at Verdun during the Napoleonic wars.In 1803 Napoleon issued an unexpected edict ordering the arrest of any British citizen found on French soil. Nearly one thousand British, for the most part wealthy tourists, were sent to Verdun, but once there they enjoyed many freedoms, allowed to mix with general populace, stage amateur dramatics, form whist clubs etc, and establish a church, until their final release in 1814. Officers captured during the conflict later swelled their ranks. Among the detainees was Maude (c. 1780-1850), of Queen's College Oxford, who appears to have arranged for the printing of this edition of the Book of Common Prayer. There are a number of topical omissions, including that of the 'Prayer in time of war and tumults', here present in absentia in the form of a blank space.COPAC shows copies at the British Library, Cambridge, Bodley, and Queen's Oxford; to which OCLC adds Southern Methodist only.Griffiths 1810: 16 Language: English
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