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    [Edwards of Halifax, presumed]. The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church. According to the use of the Church of England... Paris: Printed by P. Didot and sold by W. Edwards and Sons, Halifax, 1791. Seemingly contemporary fore-edge painting depicting an Anglican Church, likely St. Mary's Church, Tunstead, artist unknown. 12mo. Unpaginated. Edwards of Halifax binding; full contemporary vellum decorated in gilt and teal with Greek meander and laurel leaf motifs, spine decorated in gilt with teal washed spine labels lettered in gilt, decorative gilt roll to edges. Rubbed and worn, soiled, spine faded and worn, moderate edgewear, boards slightly warped. Inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers; bookplate of John and Rebecca Lowrie to front pastedown, bookplate somewhat toned, endpapers faded in margins with some offsetting, pencil notations and one small ink notation to front free endpaper recto, including neatly penciled fore-edge painting label, "Tunste[a]d Church," with the "T" somewhat effaced. Internally generally clean and tight, all edges gilt; ink ownership of Maria Prescott to front blank recto, some pencil notations to front matter extremely light or partially erased, somewhat foxed and soiled, minor wear to gilt on edges. Very good with bright, well-preserved fore-edge painting.

    Maria Prescott (circa mid-1800s) - John and Rebecca Lowrie (circa 1920s - 1950s) - Randall J. Moskovitz (no date).

    "Thanks to the vision and promptness of James Edwards, Pierre Didot agreed to print in Paris an edition of the English Book of Common Prayer, to be sold by W. Edwards & Sons, Halifax, 1791." Due to the French Revolution, however, copies of the Didot prayer-book did not reach him until 1802. Weber, Fore-Edge Paintings, pages 10, 79. From the Estate of Randall J. Moskovitz, MD, Memphis, Tennessee


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