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PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

[Book of Common Prayer]
THE BOOKE OF THE COMMON PRAYER AND ADMINISTRACION OF THE SACRAMENTES, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCHE: AFTER THE VSE OF THE CHURCHE OF ENGLAND. EDWARD WHITCHURCH, (4 MAY) 1549
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
41

PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

[Book of Common Prayer]
THE BOOKE OF THE COMMON PRAYER AND ADMINISTRACION OF THE SACRAMENTES, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCHE: AFTER THE VSE OF THE CHURCHE OF ENGLAND. EDWARD WHITCHURCH, (4 MAY) 1549
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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[Book of Common Prayer]
THE BOOKE OF THE COMMON PRAYER AND ADMINISTRACION OF THE SACRAMENTES, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCHE: AFTER THE VSE OF THE CHURCHE OF ENGLAND. EDWARD WHITCHURCH, (4 MAY) 1549
small folio, early state (with "fol.xvii" misnumbered "fol.xviii"), woodcut title [McKerrow and Ferguson 68], title and calendar printed in black and red, woodcut initials throughout, later calf, flat spine in six compartments, red spine label lettered in gilt, all edges red, rubbed, lacking four clasps, additional ink decorations to title page, resulting in an area of loss below imprint, some slight staining to lower edge of leaves A2-A5, some ink annotations
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Provenance

Sir William Forbes, bookplate

The Forbes Baronetcy was created in 1626 for Sir William Forbes (d. circa 1650) by James VI in the Barontage of Nova Scotia. The majority of the works offered here were acquired by the sixth Baronet, also William (1739-1806), who added Pitsligo to his title in 1781. He was an eminent Scottish banker and benefactor, good friend of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson (see lots 45-46), and finally succeeded in recovering the Pitsligo estates forfeited after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. His son William, the seventh baronet, beat Sir Walter Scott to the hand of the renowned beauty Williamina Belsches Stuart (1776-1810), and it was with their marriage that the family moved to her family seat, Fettercairn House in Kincardineshire, Aberdeenshire.

Literature

Griffiths 1549/8; PMM 75; STC (2nd ed.) 16270

Catalogue Note

One of the sixteen editions of the Book of Common Prayer issued in its first year of publication, and is now "as a source of spiritual inspiration...for most Englishmen second only to the Bible" (PMM). The final paragraph contains a decree from the King regarding the price of the book.

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