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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 259

    Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacrements, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church... Oxford: Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, 1744.

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    Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacrements, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church... Oxford: Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, 1744.

    8o (244 x 184 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of George II, additional engraved title-page after John Sturt for Richard Ware ("at ye Bible & Sun in Amen Corner"), head and tail pieces (some light browning and spotting). Contemporary red goatskin, gilt border of triple fillet, dog-tooth roll, a roll of semi-circles and scrolls, a roll of bird heads, flowers and fronds, a central black goatskin medallion surrounded by gilt flame tools, lace and dot border, a border of Putti, surrounding stars, dots, leaves and a central Christogram 'JHS', the spine in six compartments, with five raised bands, black goatskin gilt-lettered and decorated label in one, the others decorated with a gilt border of triple fillet, intertwined bird heads and frond tools in each corner, a central lozenge of gilt wave border surrounding gilt tools of tendrils, circles and flowers, board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll of daisy, scroll and semicircle tool, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt (expertly recased preserving the contemporary binding). Provenance: Walford (signature).

    [Bound with]:

    The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments... Oxford: Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, 1744.

    8o. Additional engraved half-title, 3 folding maps and 132 illustrations on 33 leaves by after John Sturt, initials (some browning, some short marginal tears, and along the folds in the first map). Darlow and Moule I, 811.

    [Bound with]:

    The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ... London: John Baskett, 1740.

    8o. 3 engraved folding maps (one torn along the folds) and 72 illustrations on 18 leaves after John Sturt.

    [Bound with]:

    A Brief Concordance or Table to the Bible... carefully Perused and Enlarged by John Downame, B.D. London: R. Ware, 1739.

    8o. (Some light browning and spotting).

    A handsome volume aptly augmented by John Sturt's (1658-1730) illustrations probably based on his plates for his edition of Samuel Wesley's versifications of the Bible (Old Testament, 1704 and New Testament, 1715). Boase records that Thomas Baskett used Sturt's illustrations for his Bibles of 1721, 1723, and 1751. "In some of these there is an (engraved) title-page: 'Printed and sold by Richard Ware... to bind up with all sorts of House Bibles'. This practice of publishing prints for insertion was common at the time. James Cole did another set of 200... for Richard Ware." John Baskett held the office of King's printer and Bible patent from 1739, however he is infamous for having published the so-called 'Vinegar Bible' in 1717. After his death in 1742 his sons Thomas and Robert retained the patent. Boase Book Illustrators in 18th Century England pp. 72-73; Henry R. Tedder The Barkers and the Early History of the Bible-Patent in The Library Chronicle, pp. 161-165, 1885.

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