[BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.] Il Libro delle Preghiere publiche ed Amministrazione de Sacramenti, ed altri Riti e Cerimonie della Chiesa, secondo l’Uso della Chiesa Anglicana; insieme col Saltero over i Salmi di David, come hanno da esser recitati nelle Chiese. E la Forma e Modo di fare, ordinare e consacrare Vescovi, Presbiteri e Diaconi.

Londra, Appresso Moise Pitt Libraro … 1685.

12mo., pp. [72], 312, 289-550, [3 blank], 2-24, with the medial blank 2A12; a very good copy in handsome contemporary black morocco, panelled gilt, gilt edges; bookplate of the Bibliotheca Lindesiana.

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First edition of the first translation of the Book of Common Prayer into Italian. The project was begun by Edward Browne while chaplain to Sir John Finch in Constantinople, perhaps incorporating an earlier, unpublished translation by William Bedell (the manuscript being listed in Griffiths’ Bibliography of the Book of Common Prayer as Italian 1). Back in London, the work was completed by the Italian émigré merchant Giovan-Battista Capello (John Capell), a friend of Hobbes.

Griffiths, Italian 2; Wing B 3675B.

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