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The Holy Bible and Book of Common Prayer, Unique Leather and Brass Bindings



The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated Out of the Original Tongues: and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised by His Majesty's Special Command - Published by The University Press, Oxford, 1852


The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Holy Communion, 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 - Published by The University Press, Oxford, 1850

Unique Leather and Brass Bindings Housed in Custom Leather Box

Exceptional Condition

Binding Details:  A stunning boxed set containing The Holy Bible (1852) and The Book of Common Prayer (1850) which were published by the University Press, Oxford bound in full navy blue morocco leather that feature elaborate brass work on the covers, spine, and edges as well as elaborate brass clasps on each of the volumes. The page edges are blue with gold gilt stars that carry over from the brass star motif that appears on each of the spines. There are two navy blue silk bookmarks with gold tassles in each volume as well as silk moire endpapers and pastedowns. The 2 volumes are housed in a leather drop back solander box.

Book Details:  The Authorized Version, commonly known as the King James Version, King James Bible or KJV, is an English translation of the Christian Bible by the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611. First printed by the King's Printer Robert Barker, this was the third official translation into English. The first was the Great Bible commissioned by the Church of England in the reign of King Henry VIII, and the second was the Bishop's Bible of 1568.  Book of Common Prayer is one of the major works of English Literature. Since its introduction in the sixteenth century, it has had an enormous influence on everything written in English. It has gone through many of revisions, both in England and in the other countries of the Anglican Communion, but the original text is still comprehensible and relevant.

Condition Report:  The bindings are in exceptional condition with no flaws. Internally, the books are very clean with no signs of previous ownership. The solander box is in Near Fine condition with the only flaw being an area on the top of the box where it appears that a brass plate has been removed.

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