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1679 Oxford Bible Book of Common Prayer Church of England Anglican FIRE LONDON
Oxford : Printed at the Theater, 1679. - 1679 Oxford Bible Book of Common Prayer Church of England Anglican FIRE LONDON A VERY rare and desirable 17th-century ‘Book of Common Prayer’ published by Barker. This popular devotional and supplement to the Bible was a critical part of the early English Church liturgy and doctrine. This edition features the Book of Psalms. ESTC records only 14 copies of this edition worldwide (of which only 5 in the US). This 1679 edition of the Book of Common Prayer is thought to be the first edition to include ‘A Form of Prayer” This "Form of Prayer" was printed separately (ESTC R38742) in London in 1666 by John Bill and Christopher Barker, but apparently not included in The Book of Common Prayer until this 1679 Oxford edition. A copy of this edition was listed in the Catalogue of Libr. of George Offor comprising Rare Early Versions of the Holy Scriptures (no. 949) with a note: "Including the very rare 'Forms of Prayer to be used yearly on the second of September, for the dreadful Fire of London'." Also included at the end are "Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea," "A form of Prayer with Thanksgiving to be used yearly upon the Fifth day of November for the happy deliverance of the King and the three Estates of the Realm from the most Traiterous and Bloody intended Massacre by Gun-powder", "A Form of Common Prayer, to be used yearly upon the 30 day of January, being the day of the Martyrdom of King Charles the First," and and "A Form of Prayer with Thanksgiving to be used yearly on the 29th day of May; Being the day of His Majesties [king Charles II's] Birth, and happy Return to His Kingdoms". Item number: #2632 Price: $950 Church of England The book of common prayer and administration of the sacraments Oxford : Printed at the Theater, 1679. Details: • Collation complete with all pages: o 65 total leaves o Signatures: A4 ¶A1 2A-G8 H4. • References: Wing B 3657; ESTC R 38742; Madan, III, 3249-50; • Language: English • Binding: Vellum; tight & secure • Size: ~8.5in X 6in (22cm x 15cm) • Extremely rare with no other example for sale worldwide Our Guarantee: Very Fast. Very Safe. Free Shipping Worldwide. Customer satisfaction is our priority! Notify us with 7 days of receiving, and we will offer a full refund without reservation! This 1679 edition also appears to have been unknown to Francis Procter, who in his A History of the Book of Common Prayer (p.170) mentions only Oxford editions of 1681-3: "'A Form of Prayer, to he used yearly on the second of September, for the Dreadful Fire of London,' appears in some Prayer Books printed at Oxford (1681 - 1683), and in Parsell's Latin Prayer Book. It is the usual office for Holydays, with a versicular Hymn instead of Venite; a portion of the Commination Service after the Litany, with an additional Prayer; and a Prayer to be 'used continually so long as the navy is abroad.' A note to the Litany directs it to be 'used publicly in churches, not only upon the monthly Fast-day, but on Wednesday in every week (and may by every man be used daily in private Families), during the time of this Visitation." "In the time of Charles II, a special service was appointed to be used on the 2nd of September, the anniversary of the day, on which the great fire of London commenced in 1666. It may have continued in use in the succeeding reign, though whether such were the case we cannot determine. However, at the end of some of the Prayer Books of the time of Charles II. a special service for the occasion may still be found under the following title:—"Forms of Prayer to be used yearly on the Second of September, for the dreadful fire of London." Its observance was also enjoined by Act of Parliament as a day of fasting and humiliation for ever, to deprecate the wrath of God from the nation, and from the city of London in particular. The service in question was, we believe, authorized in the usual way, but we are unable to ascertain when its use was discontinued. Photos available upon request. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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