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The Book of Common Prayer.


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, Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to sung or said in Churches.

8vo. [203 x 124 x 37 mm]. [32, 557 pp]. Bound in contemporary green goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a wide border composed of a floral roll between a pair of thick fillets and repeated impressions of a band of pearls and a tuft of vegetation, with a large vase surmounted by a bird on a sprig in the corners. The spine divided into six panels, with gilt compartments, each tooled to a saltire design with various flowers, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt fillet and the turn-ins hatched in gilt, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (A little rubbed).
Oxford: by Mark Baskett, 1763.

Griffiths, The Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer, 1763.7. ESTC records six copies (Birmingham Central, National Library of Wales, St. Bride's; Library of Congress, University of California and University of Texas).

A most attractive binding, displaying some unusual tools. It may well be provincial.

With the booklabel of Peter Gunning, D.D. of Farmborough, and ink inscriptions "Anne Gunning June 12th 1784" and "Alicia Gunning the gift of her Mother Anne Gunning". Peter Gunning (1743-1822) matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford in 1762 and took his M.A. at Merton College in 1769. He married Ann Randolph and their third child Mary Alicia was born in 1780. He was Rector of Farmborough, a village between Bath and Bristol, from 1785 until his death.

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