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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Family Prayers for Every Day of the Week.

[WHITMORE (Lady Lucy)].

[WHITMORE (Lady Lucy)].

Family Prayers for Every Day of the Week, Selected from various Portions of the Holy Bible, with References. To which are added, a Few Prayers for Persons in Private; and Fourteen Original Hymns.

First Edition. 8vo. [220 x 133 x 14 mm]. [3]ff, 111, [1] pp. Bound in contemporary purple straight-grained goatskin, the covers tooled in blind with a wide border of repeated palmette arabesque and anthemion tools, fillets and a chain roll. The spine divided into five panels with thick blind tooled bands, lettered in the second panel in gilt, the others tooled in blind with arabesque ornaments, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt fillets, rust-brown endleaves, gilt edges. (The colour rather faded around the border and on the spine).
London: [by J. Brettell] for J. Hatchard and Son, 1824.

Occasional spotting and the leather a little faded (as usual with this colour) but a very good and cherished copy.

This is the first edition of Family Prayers selected by Lady Lucy Elizabeth Georgina Whitmore (1792-1840, married 1810). Further editions appeared in 1827, 1832, 1845. This copy was given by Lady Whitmore to her father, George Bridgeman (1789-1865), who in 1825 succeeded his father as second Earl of Bradford. On the front fly-leaf she wrote in ink "For my dear Father. Let us "pray one for another that we may be healed" St. James V.16" and inserted at the front is a four page letter from daughter to father. These prayers had supported and soothed poor Lady Lucy during many an hour of heavy suffering and she asked her father to pray for her. She had the book specially bound by Hatchard and gave another copy to her dear mother.

Bookplate of the Earl of Bradford and booklabel of John Porter, along with an inserted note that the binding had been cleaned with British Museum leather dressing in 1980, 1984, 1994 and 1997. Which prompted me to give it another light polish in 2003 and 2010.

Stock no. ebc2185

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