One of 500 Beautifully Bound Large Paper Copies
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. Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David. New York: Printed for the Committe [The De Vinne Press] , 1893.
One of 500 large-paper decorative copies. This edition was to be distributed to the Subscribers. This copy numbered "12" in pencil at the colophon. Thick folio (14 1/4 x x 10 1/4 inches; 357 x 260 mm). [28], [1]-566, [2, colophon] pp. Text printed in red and black. Printed on thick paper. Each page with ornate border. With "Certificate" and facsimile signatures of all members of the prayer book revision committee. With the pamphlet entitled "On the Decorations of the Limited Edition of the Standard Prayer Book of 1892" laid in.

Original full vellum over beveled boards. Front board and spine elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt. Two brass clasps. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Elaborate gilt stamped endpapers. Two tiny pin holes in front outer hinge. Vellum a with some very minor discoloration. Internally extremely clean. Previous owner's ink signature, dated 1893 on front free endpaper. Overall an about fine copy.

From the Colophon: "The printing of this edition of the Book of Common Prayer on American hand-made paper was finished on the twenty-second day of November, MDCCCXCIII [1893], at the De Vinne Press in the City of New York. The plan of symbolism and method of decoration were arranged by Mr. Daniel Berkeley Updike: The preparatory studies of plants were made by Mr. William Wells Bosworth: The designs for the borders and cover by Mr. Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, and the final drawings for reproduction by Mr. Joseph Eliot Hill."

"The General Convention of1892 authorized a new revision of the Book of Common Prayer for the Episcopal Church, which was to be the standard from which all new and variously priced editions of the Prayer Book would be printed. The pagination was standardized, as were all other aspects of the book, from the text to the precise sequence, instructions, and so on. The Standard Book was made for presentation to various dioceses and dignitaries, with one, specially bound, to be kept by a 'Custodian of the Prayer Book'. The publication committee turned to Theodore Low De Vinne to print the text, and for the ornamental borders it approached a young printer, Daniel Berkeley Updike, who had recently founded his own press. Updike devised the design program and the architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue executed the vaguely medievalized floral borders that had to surround every page of De Vinne's modern type. They tried their best to complement the text, bit it must be said that they failed. However, the book, enhanced bu handsome endpapers, with a beautiful gold-stamped parchment binding with ornate clasps- All designed by Goodhue- is a formidable piece of work. John Pierpont Morgan was the great moving force behind production of this book, collecting significant older Prayer Books in great number for the committee to evaluate and select. The enormous costs of the undertaking of the Standard Book were totally borne by him." (The Oxford Guide to The Book of Common Prayer: A Worldwide Survey. Edited by Charles Hefling, Cynthia Shattuck).

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