Fore-edge painting of St. Paul's Cathedral. 1791 The Book of Common Prayer, Psalter and Psalms of David. Jarvis, London.


A very attractive 1791 Book of Common Prayer, bound in straight-grain morocco, with a hidden fore-edge painting of St. Paul's cathedral and Thames river sailing barges under the gilt.

The fore-edge painting with a view from the Thames, showing many river boat examples, is delightful.

This 1791 edition of The Book of Common Prayer also includes the Psalter and Psalms of David.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 18 x 11 x 3 cm, signed in 12. Red straight-grain morocco binding. Boards framed with an outer single gilt fillet and inner roll of gilt circular design; central gilt "WOOLMORE" to front board. Spine tooled, in gilt, into 6 compartments; five compartments with a central acorn surrounded by circles and leaves, and one compartment with the title in gilt. All edges gilt, with a hidden fore-edge painting under. Marbled endpapers.

Psalms of David with a separate title page and its own gathering signatures.

Collation - A-S12 (Common Prayer), A-H12 (Psalms of David)

Condition -

See pictures. Some edge, joint and corner wear to binding, with a few rubs.Small chip at top of rear joint. Silk place-keeper detached at headband; headband dusty. Spine sunned with some crazing (surface cracking). Bookseller notes on front blank unpaginated endpaper. A little toning to pages. Light foxing. Title page with light thumbing at edges. B5 with pin-hole at bottom margin. B7 with repaired tear at bottom corner, no text affected. Pencil "79" written at bottom of last printed leaf.

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