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1742 FRENCH MANUSCRIPT PRAYER BOOK. Title page inscribed, “RECEUIL DE TOUTES LES PRIERES DE L’ECRITURE SAINTE Rangées dans le même ordre qu’elles se trouvent dans l’Ancien et le Nouveau Testament” (“Collection of all the prayers from the Holy Scriptures, arranged in the same order they are found in the Old and New Testaments”).
1742. N.p., but France (probably Paris) and dated on the title M.DCC.XLII (1742). 8vo (175 x 115mm). Paginated recto and verso to 261pp. Title page with hand-drawn heraldic device (of the scribe?): unidentified joined arms of checky and wavy, all surmounted by crown. French text comprises chronologically-arranged devotions following the books of the Bible (Genesis to Apocalypse). Each prayer is titled with its biblical book and cited with chapter and verse numbers at the end. Written in a consistent hand, in brown ink in both calligraphic majuscule and italic letters, and neatly laid out within ruled borders. 19th-century calf gilt, inner gilt dentelles, marbled edges; (edges lightly browned, corners lightly bumped, otherwise very good copy of this seemingly unique manuscript by an unknown compiler). A later printed book sharing this title is attributed to the French poet and moralist Pierre-Laurent Bérenger (1749–1842), known as the “Troubadour of Provence.” Bérenger’s collection publishes a close textual variant of this manuscript, copying many of the prayers outright, and was first printed in Paris by P. G. Simon in 1767. According to the title, the 1767 18mo edition also contained the daily and nightly prayers for families. Bérenger’s Recueil de toutes les prieres was reprinted again with Simon in 1782, including the prayers for the Divine Office, and again in 1803 in Lyon with the slightly different title, “Recueil de prières, contenant toutes celles qui se trouvent dans l’Ecriture sainte” (“Collection of prayers, containing all … [Click Below for Full Description]
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