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    1853 Astounding Antique Complete Book of Common Prayer - fine binding, gold gauffered edges, illustrated and clasp
Size: 7.5" x 5" x 1.5"  thick
 Publisher: William Pickering, London
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William Pickering (1796-1854) was a London publisher and bookseller, who began a long partnership with the printer, Charles Whittingham (1795-1876) in 1828. This version of the Book of Common Prayer (sometimes known as Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book, e.g. by Keynes in his book on Pickering and by McLean) is a late example of their collaboration. It includes the woodcut borders inspired by the 1581 and 1590 editions of the Book of Christian Prayers (also often called 'Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book'), skillfully executed by Mary Byfield (1795-1871), and harmonizing perfectly with the type. Her woodcuts were inspired and adapted from designs by Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein, and others in imitation of Queen Elizabeth's Book of Christian Prayers. Title printed in red and black within woodcut border representing the Tree of Jesse: Portrait of Queen Elizabeth on verso of title : text of every page surrounded with engraved on wood by Byfield, considered her best work. Dhe worked for the Chiswick Press nearly her entire life, and her contributions played a large part in the looks of many of the smaller Pickering editions. For this volume she cut over 100 blocks, mostly after the designs by Holbein, Durer, Tory and others, as stated, but also including her contemporary Charlotte Whittingham, although it is next to impossible to tell which are the old designs, and which the new. "The cuts harmonize perfectly with the type (which is Caslon) and this small tome is a triumph of printing as well as of illustration and typography." (McLean; Victorian Book Design). An important and handsome Pickering production.
 Bound in stunning medieval style leather with beveled edges, inset borders and cross hatches, the spine with gilt titling in old English Black Letter with raised bands and similar bordering and hatching. The front board has a large brass cross with beveled edges, as shown; also edges of book fitted with dual brass swing clasps, fully functional. Light scuffing and a few small blemished; joints and hinges strong and intact . Page edges shine in gilt with intricate gauffered designs featuring hatching and fleur de lis as well. Textblock firm and clean, marbled EPs, the front pastedown with an armorial bookplate, as shown. Ribbon marker also intact. A truly well preserved example. 
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