The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England: Together with the Psalter, or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be sung or said in Churches.

  • (Book of Common Prayer)
  • Cambridge: Printed by J. Baskerville, Printer to the University 1762
  • Gaskell 19; ESTC T87227.


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8vo, ff. [344]. Contemporary red morocco in a simpler version of the ‘Harleian’ style, by the ‘Baskerville’ workshop with Baskerville’s distinctive marbled endpapers, boards bordered with a gilt roll and with a central gilt lozenge area made up of various tools, spine divided by raised bands, compartments bordered and crossed with a triple gilt rule, with additional acorn and other tools, edges gilt. A little light spotting. Binding a little marked and darkened in places (the colour touched up in several small areas), slight rubbing to extremities, a few scratches and scrapes to extremities. Booklabel of Colin Fenton to initial blank, ownership inscriptions of Charles Wright of Bromsgrove to title-page and elsewhere, and of Charles Arthur Latcham of Clifton to initial blank.


As a sideline to his printing business, Baskerville produced marbled paper with a distinctive pattern, said to 'represent blended washes of water colour' (Gaskell). This paper was used in bindings by a workshop which was closely associated with Baskerville - he is not known to have directly owned a bindery - and such bindings are often, for ease, known as 'Baskerville bindings'. Surviving examples are scarce, especially in more elaborately decorated bindings such as this one.

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