One of the most unique Prayer
Books we have ever encountered: A Sublime Condition 1843 Book of
Common Prayer (with New Testament and Psalter) with deeply embossed
wooden, gold decorated front and back covers (with inscription IHS -
In His Service). The paper edges are exquisitely gold gilt and
gauufered plus have unique fore-edge paintings with the texts "work"
(bottom edge), "read- think -pray" (main paper edge) and "learn"
(upper edge). The book is 'locked' with a gold colored clasp. WOW!!!
The Book of Common Prayer and
Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of
the Church According to the use of the United Church of England and
Ireland. M.DCCC.XLIII. Printed at Oxford. Bound with the New
Testament and a New Version of the Psalms of David (1843)
A fore-edge painting is
decoration painted on the edges of a book’s pages by artist. The
fore-edge of a book is like the 'fourth edge' - not the spine, the
top, or the bottom edge, but the outside edge that a reader would
use to thumb through the pages. Originally, this edge was only used
for identification, to more easily spot a book when the edges faced
outward. As these paintings were done by hand, usually on request of
a more wealthy buyer, it makes this Bible absolutely unique, there
is no copy of this Bible with this painting available anywhere else!
The fore-edge painting is
amazing, but very hard to photograph, we did our best, but this
prayer book is
so much nicer when you hold the book.
'Like New'. AMAZINGLY detailed fore edge painting and beautiful covers. Minor
repair on clasp.