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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

The Devout Communicant.

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The Devout Communicant Exemplified In his behaviour before, at, and after The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, Practically suited to all the Parts of that Solemn Ordinance. The Sixth Edition, much Corrected.

Engraved frontispiece.

12mo. [152 x 85 x 18 mm]. [3]ff, 204, [4] pp. Contemporary binding of red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a double fillet and thin floral roll border with leafy stems and flower-heads issuing from the corners and the centre of each side, the flower-heads picked out with black paint, and a double fillet panel with a flower tool at the outer corners and leafy stems and black flower-heads issuing outwards from the sides, enclosing stepped floral corners and a lozenge-shaped floral centre with a large floral tool at the head and foot, with stars and flower-heads in the gaps. The spine divided into five panels with gilt compartments, tooled with various flower heads, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt rolls, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (Rebacked by Aquarius retaining the panels of the original spine, tips of the corners repaired). Contained in a new black cloth drop-over box.
London: printed for Tho. Dring, at the Harrow next Chancery-Lane in Fleet street, 1688.

Wing D.1244E.

Previously published in 1670, 1675, 1678, 1682 and 1683. There was also an edition in 1700. ESTC records six copies of this 1688 edition (Cambridge, Cashel Cathedral Library, Bodleian, Bodleian; Columbia University, Yale). Not to be confused with Abednego Seller's The Devout Communicant, Assisted...., 1686.

Small damp-stain at the head towards the end. This binding was previously attributed to the Oxford binder Roger Bartlett but none of the tools actually match those illustrated by Howard Nixon in his article "Roger Bartlett's Bookbinding", published in The Library, March 1962, pp.56-65. Another Oxford binder is a possibility.

Ink signature of Susanna D'Oyly and inscription "Margaret D'Oyly ys was my mothers". H.D. Lyon's pencil notes, including the attribution to Bartlett.

Stock no. ebc3655

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