Folio, pp. , xvi, -47, 56-417, , with a frontispiece and 35 engraved plates by numerous artists (a couple slightly foxed, one with a ink blot); final leaf of subscribers; a good copy in modern half morocco, old calf spine laid down; a subscriber’s copy, signed ‘Thomas Weston’ on the title-page and frontispiece, and dated May 1784.
US $1329 €1077
First edition thus, rare, published in 36 weekly parts, each originally accompanied with an illustration, and now correctly bound according to the complicated ‘Directions to the Binder’ at the end. Wright’s exhaustive compilation, with notes and commentary on each page, assembled calendars, the book of common prayer, the psalms, forms of prayer, constitutions and canons, and two versions of the metrical psalms (Sternold and Hopkins, and Tate and Brady) … The illustrations were equally copious.
ESTC shows six copies: BL, Canterbury Cathedral (wanting subscriber’s list), Queen’s College Oxford, Bodley, University of London: and Huntington.
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