One of 500 Copies Printed by D.B. Updike. This Copy Previously Owned by a Episcopal Bishop in the Los Angeles Diocese
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. 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. Boston: Printed for the Commission [The Merrymount Press] , 1928.
One of 500 copies, printed by D.B. Updike. Thick folio (13 3/8 x 9 5/8 inches; 341 x 245 mm). xli, [1, blank], 611, [1, blank], [1, colophon], [5, blank] pp. Text printed in red and black. Printed on thick paper. One page manuscript presentation letter from Bishop Robert Rusack to the Stern Family on his letterhead laid in. Also laid in is a 16-page pamphlet entitled "The Church of England Magazine" dated February 14, 1846.

Original full brick-red pigskin. Title and faux bands, stamped in black ink in boards and spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Some very slight rubbing and fading to bottom of front cover. Minor foxing to front free endpaper. A bit of toning to uncut edges of text block. Previous owner's book plate on front free endpaper (Bishop Robert of Los Angeles). Overall an about fine copy.

"The high point of Updike’s career as a designer and printer was the completion in 1930 of The Book of Common Prayer. . . According to the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. His specimen pages were chosen, from among those invited from four printers, by the Church’s Commission on Revision. The whole undertaking was financed by J. Pierpont Morgan. 'It was an enormous task,' wrote Updike, 'and one which taxed our resources in many different directions, but in which what knowledge I had of the history of a Church to which my family have been for nearly three hundred years adherents, and of the liturgical requirements and practical use of the Prayer Book stood me in good stead. . . . The book was begun in 1928 and was finished in the autumn of 1930.' Without decoration, except a typographic leaf, initial letters, and rubrication, this is an austere and handsome quarto. Five copies were printed on vellum. The edition is a superb example of American craftsmanship and an abiding tribute to all concerned in its production." (The Printed Book in America, Joseph Blumenthal).

Provenance: This book belonged to the Right Reverend Robert Claflin Rusack, Bishop of the Episcopal Chuch in the Diocese of Los Angeles, with his bookplate. In this copy, a letter on his letterhead is laid in presenting the book to the Stern family. The letter reads "Christmas Eve, 1982/To all in the Stern family, I present this book- one of the treasures of the world. This particular volume is one of 500 made in 1928 as the result of a gift from the Pierpont Morgan family. It came to me as a result of a lust for books. The Huntington Library already had a copy so I was able to acquire it. Now it is passed on to a family that has meant so much to us for twenty-five years. Mayhaps it will be passed on to Adam Christian or some other heir of this grand family. +Robert C Rusack"

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