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    A Beautiful and Rare Seventeenth-Century Fore-Edge Painting in a Superb Binding

    [Fore-Edge Painting]. Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments: and other rites and ceremonies of the Church of England: with the Psalter, or Psalmes of David. Cambridge: Printed by Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel, printers to the University of Cambridge, 1638. Folio. Approximately 15.25 x 9.75 inches. With separate title-pages for The Holy Bible, The New Testament, and the Whole Book of Psalmes. A-H6, I3, A-Ggg6, Hhh-Iii4, Kkk-Xxx6, Yyy4, A-R6, A-I6 pages. Many historiated initials, text printed in double columns and ruled in red throughout. The title-pages are heavily ruled and with decorative borders of fleurons, the Holy Bible title-page engraved by William Marshall. Main title-page with two repaired tears and a small puncture hole, small wormtrail in margin toward end of text. Text has some minor soiling and rubbing. Ink inscription on front flyleaf (see below). Complete. Beautifully bound by the Byzantium Studios Bindery in an excellent modern imitation English cottage-style red Turkey morocco, covers elaborately ruled and paneled in gilt with elaborate gilt central floral motifs, with finely-executed black morocco onlays, spine elaborately tooled in gilt in compartments, seven raised bands, turn-ins triple-ruled in blind. Contemporary (seventeenth-century) gilt edges. Illustrated with a very early English fore-edge painting of a flaming heart surrounded by flowers dated 1656 [?]. The central heart bears the inscription, "Cor Mundu Crea in me Deus" ("Create a clean heart in me O God"). The fore-edge painting is a bit toned due to age, but still is an excellent and very rare example of an early (mid-seventeenth century) fore-edge painting.

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    "In this edition... the work of correction begun in the folio Cambridge Bible of 1629 was carried further. The revisers took special pains to render uniform the use of italics; and they also introduced a certain number of new readings... This remained the standard text until the publication of Dr. Paris' Cambridge edition of 1762." (Darlow and Moule, p. 182). Laid-in is a four-page handwritten description of how two ladies bought this book from Stevens & Brown in London in 1956, and later donated it to an Episcopal church in 1970. The front flyleaf bears an ink inscription attesting to this donation from the two buyers.

    Darlow and Moule 403. Griffiths 1683.2. Herbert 520. STC 16410, 2331, 2682.

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    October, 2012
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