THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCH ACCORDING TO THE USE OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TOGETHER WITH THE PSALTER OF PSALMS OF DAVID
by [Updike, D.B.]
New York: Printed for the Convention, 1893. ,566,pp. Folio. Original heavily gilt decorated vellum over boards, with brass fore-clasps, t.e.g., others untrimmed, ribbon marker. Printed in red and black, with floriated borders by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, title in black letter. Front inner hinge a bit weak. vellum somewhat dusty and smudged, small nicks, including a pencil-tip sized worm hole in the upper joint, ink name on front blank. Still, a good copy, internally fine. The limited issue of the revised Book of Common Prayer, overseen by D.B. Updike, and with facsimiles of the signatures of many of the principals associated with the revision approved at the 1892 General Convention on the verso of the title. The limited edition was prepared in two primary forms (and a few subvariants), one being the Canonical Edition, intended for distribution to each diocese and jurisdiction within the Church, with the text and borders enclosed within red rules, and with original signatures on the verso of the title. This standard limited edition of 500 copies on handmade paper does not feature red rules, and has the signatures of the principals in printed facsimile. Updike comments at length on this project in his introduction to NOTES ON THE MERRYMOUNT PRESS, and about his role in the attempted rescue of an ill-conceived effort to produce a decorated edition from the plates of the 1892 printing: "The best things about the book were the cover and charming end-papers which Goodhue designed for it. Sad to relate, the edition had an immediate and resounding success! We were congratulated, and we blushed. Our shame was taken for modesty and we were congratulated more! While the book is indeed a strange one, it is by no means so strange as the designs originally made for it" (see pp. 9-10). Nonetheless, the experience was an important prelude to the production in 1928 of Updike's own edition, widely regarded as his finest work. GRIFFITHS 1893.7. (Inventory #: WRCLIT66985)
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