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The Book of Common Prayer...together with the Psalms of David....
London: William Pickering, 1853. 4 1/2 x 7 1/4. 360 leaves on fine "India" paper. Title printed in black and red within a border of the Tree of Jesse, and overleaf a portrait of Queen Elizabeth. Each page printed within a pictorial woodcut border by Mary Byfield. Dark navy blue morocco gilt by Riviere, turnins gilt, double set of marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Armormial bookplate on pastedown. of Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Roseberry; signed and dated March 1882 by him on a blank. Light rubbing to joints. A beautiful, fine copy of "Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book." A fine example of the Whittinghams' printing, this reprint of the 1569 prayer book is considered Mary Byfield's masterpiece. Her 100 different borders are based mostly on designs by Tory, Holbein, and Dürer. Ruari McLean (1963, pp 10-11) writes "The cuts harmonize perfectly with the type (which is Caslon) and this small volume...is a triumph of printing as well as of illustration and typography." Roseberry was "an ardent and discriminating book collector. In 1927 he presented many of his most important mauscripts and books to the newly formed National Library of Scotland"--University of Toronto database of British Armorial Bindings.
      [Bookseller: The Veatchs Arts of the Book]
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