1665 · En te Kantabrigia
[as issued, with the same publisher's] Bible. Psalms. Greek. 1664. Psalterion toy Dabid kata tous Hebdomekonta eis ta tmemata, ta en te tes Agglikanes Ekkesias leitourgia nomizomena, diegemenon. 12mo. 1664. , 115, , 117–71,  pp. [and] Bible. New Testament. Greek. 1665. Tes kaines diathekes apanta. 12mo. , 419, , pp.
First edition of this Greek translation of the Book of Common Prayer. The preface is signed "I.D.," i.e., James Duport, a popular professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge, who had the year before printed a translation of the Psalter (which appears here with the BCP as issued, under a separate title-page) and Ordinal, along with the Greek New Testament and Apocrypha (the title-page of the New Testament being an insert, and the Apocrypha having separate pagination). This is only the second translation of the BCP into Greek, following the first by Elias Petley in 1638. There were apparently two settings of this edition produced by printer John Field in the same year, under the same title and imprint, with priority not established; the present example has line six of the main title-page all in capital letters, and the "Alma mater Cantabrigia" device following the last page of the Psalter — but while the sun is on the left and the cup on the right of the Psalter title-page device, they are reversed on the New Testament title-page, apparently indicating that the New Testament is from a variant post-dating the BCP and Psalter.
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf Cambridge-style, covers framed in double gilt fillets and panelled in triple gilt fillets with gilt-tooled corner fleurons; spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-ruled compartments.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early inscription in red pencil: "Gibson's [/] Queens [/] Oxon. [/] 1787[?]." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Biblos: Wing (rev. ed.) B3632; ESTC R204258; Griffiths 45:3. Psalterion: Wing B2720A; ESTC R204259. Tes kaines diathekes: Darlow & Moule 4702; Wing B2733. Bound as above, worn and showing expectable acid-pitting with edges, extremities, and spine rubbed; spine label cracked with loss of central portion of label. Endpapers with early inked annotations in Greek and English. Central portion with top-marginal faint to light waterstaining, generally though not always but a sliver; one leaf with tear from outer margin into text, with loss of one letter; one leaf with short tear along paper flaw, without loss of text. Final work with early inked underlining; rear fly-leaf with a few jotted references in Greek. => A scholar's copy of this nice example of early English Greek liturgical/scriptural printing. (Inventory #: 37826)