1853 · London
Accessible, beautiful Pickering edition of the BCP, inspired by the 1569 edition of A Book of Christian Prayers, a.k.a. "Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book." Mary Byfield engraved this version of the frontispiece portrait of Queen Elizabeth, as well as the woodcut borders, done after designs by Dürer, Holbein, and others; Kelly notes that => this volume is considered Byfield's masterpiece. The printing was elegantly accomplished by Charles Whittingham, predominantly in a clear and legible yet historic-feeling roman with blackletter captions in the borders.
Binding: Publisher's red morocco, covers with ornate blind-stamped frame, front cover with gilt-stamped decorative title, spine with gilt-stamped title and blind-tooled compartment decorations, board edges with gilt roll, turn-ins with blind roll. All edges gilt and gauffered. Front free endpaper stamped "Bound by J. Wright."
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of John Turner Ettlinger. Later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Griffiths, Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer, 1853:22; Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1853.8; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), pp. 32 & 86. Bound as above; spine slightly darkened, rubbing to joints and edges nicely refurbished. Bookplate as above, front free endpaper with Ettlinger's pencilled inscription. Pages very faintly age-toned, otherwise clean. => A solid, satisfactory copy of this attractive and important edition. (Inventory #: 40309)