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    1761 Book of Common Prayer published by John Baskerville, with fore-edge painting
Size: 9.5" x 7" x 1.5" thick 
Publisher: John Baskerville, Cambridge
VERY GOOD to  EXCELLENT condition

Price: $1,475.00

Exquisite 'the Book of Common Prayer and Adminiftration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church ... Together with the Psalter ... Cambridge, Printed by Hohn Baskerville ... M.DCCLXI [1761]'. On the edge of the book is a one of a kind fore edge painting of British harbor with fortress.
The prayer book itself is very extensive (and was indented to be also used as a church book) with tables, overviews and the various church liturgies for all kind of occasions. It also includes the complete metric Psalter - Psalms of David.
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 it is so much nicer when you hold the book.
 VERY GOOD to  EXCELLENT condition. Antiquarian quality rebacked. Gold stamps covers and spine, gold gilt pages.  Some light occasional foxing spots. AMAZINGLY detailed fore edge painting!.
 
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