BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER The Book of Common Prayer [-The Psalter or Psalmes of David], folio (280 x 190mm.), [Richard Jugge, 1577]; Pslames, 1575, 2 works in 1, extensive early annnotations, English blindstamped binding
Lot 18
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
The Book of Common Prayer [-The Psalter or Psalmes of David], folio (280 x 190mm.), [Richard Jugge, 1577]; Pslames, 1575, 2 works in 1, extensive early annnotations, English blindstamped binding
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 18,473) inc. premium

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BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER The Book of Common Prayer [-The Psalter or Psalmes of David], folio (280 x 190mm.), [Richard Jugge, 1577]; Pslames, 1575, 2 works in 1, extensive early annnotations, English blindstamped binding
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
The Book of Common Prayer [-The Psalter or Psalmes of David], 2 parts in 1, general title and Psalter titles within wide decorative woodcut border (the first printed in red and black, the second dated 1577), almanac (for years 1572 to 1606) and calendar printed in red and black, large printer's device on final leaf verso of first part, lacks 2 leaves (A2 supplied in manuscript, and N2), old paper repairs to approximately 30 leaves (mostly lower margin, resulting in loss of a few catchwords or letters of text) [cf. ESTC S93785; STC 16306.2, citing Cornell copy only], Richard Jugge, [?1577]; The Whole Booke of Psalmes, Collected into English Meter, by Thomas Sternhold, J. Hopkins, and Others, title within wide architectural woodcut border, musical notations, lacks one leaf (S3), 2 short tears [ESTC S107030l; STC 2445], John Day, 1575, 2 works bound in 1 vol., black letter, large woodcut initials and decorations, extensive early manuscript notes on opening title, 5 blank leaves and pastedowns (see footnote), printed words "Queene" and "Elizabeth" struck through and replaced with "Kinge" or "James", contemporary English blindstamped calf over wooden boards [Oldham, "R.B." binder, rolls 448 & 449], metal clasps and catches (lacks straps), later red morocco lettering label and gilt tooling on spine, rubbed with small loss to head of spine, folio (280 x 190mm.)

Footnotes

  • SCARCE ELIZABETHAN BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, IN A CONTEMPORARY BINDING, WITH NOTES BY THE EARLY OWNERS, SIR HUGH CHOLMONDELEY, AND ROBERT CHOLMONDELY, 1ST EARL OF LEINSTER, recording contemporary events such the death of Mary Queen of Scots, and the Invasion of the Spanish Armada.

    The Chomondeley family had been established at Cholmondeley, Cheshire, since the late eleventh century, with Hugh inheriting the estates in 1539. He served as sheriff of Cheshire, and on three occasions was involved in military action in Scotland, between 1542 and 1557, when he led a hundred men against the Scots in the army commanded by the third earl of Derby. The extensive memoranda he wrote in his copy of the prayer book reflect these interests, recording not only important family births and deaths, but notes on the sessions at which he sat ("Crystmas 1586. The qtr sessyons next... to be kept at Knottysforde..."), and events of national importance, including; "The yerle of northumberland with a pystolle beyng in the Towre in prsonne the XXth of June 1585 murdered hym selfe with the sayd pystolle in the nyght Season. About mydnyght...", "... the Scottyshe Quene was executed at Foddryngam in the hall thyr the viiith of Febuari 1586 about XI of the clocke", "Sir Phyllippe Sydnays funerall was at Powles churche in London the XVth of Februarii 1586", "Robart yerle of lecester changed thys lyfe at cornebery partk in the lodge thys thurdsy the vth of September. 1588", and "the Spanyshe flete wolde have invaded Englande in the begyning of Auguste 1588 & by Godds doyngs were repulsed and overthrowen by sea, and the Quenes Mats Armye by Sea". Later notes are added in the hand of Robert Cholmondeley (1584-1659), a staunch Royalist who, in the early 1640s, "emerged as a strong supporter of the established church. He was a key ally of Sir Thomas Aston in drawing up and circulating petitions in defence of the Book of Common Prayer" (ODNB).

    This copy of the Book of Common Prayer has differences in collation to that cited in ESTC 93785, but is similar in having the Psalter title-page dated 1577, with line 5 ending ",poynted'.

    Provenance: Sir Hugh Cholmondeley (1513-1596), ownership inscription on title, with numerous notes in his hand; Robert Cholmondeley, 1st Earl of Leinster (1584-1659), ownership inscription ("Eliz: regni. 26. I was borne at Chroutch ende, near Higat, wensday morninge 27 of June in a:o 1584"), and several other notes; J.S. Geikie, loose typed label signed; "Presented by Sir Alexander Walker, K.B.", label loosely inserted; sold on behalf of an educational trust, Ayrshire.
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