Vintage Church of England Prayer Book (c. 1860)

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The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church According to the use of the United Church of England and Ireland Together with The Proper Lessons for Sundays and Other Holy Days, and A New Version of the Psalms of David – CUM PRIVILEGIO – CAMBRIDGE, Printed by CJ Clay, at the University Press; Sold by Rivingtons, Cambridge Warehouse, 32, Paternoster Row, and 3, Waterloo Place, LONDON

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I have this Church of England Prayer Book in my possession. I think I found in a batch of old books that was passed on to me. It appears to be from around 1860, and published by CJ Clay of Cambridge University. The cover is solid (as if constructed of thin wood and covered in leather) and is heavily embossed with what looks like royal insigia. No date is given on the front pages, but a warrant issued by Queen Victoria gives the date as ‘1859’. Furthermore, this version was designed to last 24 years with this cycle starting in 1850.  Although I am not a Christian, I do value old books as important historical artefacts and treat these objects with respect.

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