King Henry VIII - King Henry's Prayer Book Limited Edition - ( Item 127338 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2012. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine solander box. Limited Edition of 980 numbered copies of which this is number 11. 360 pages with illustrated capitals throughout and 7 full-colour miniatures, Edge-gilding on all sides. Accompanied by a specially commissioned Commentary volume by Professor James P. Carley, the foremost expert on the library of Henry VIII. Bound in buckram blocked in matt gold. 96 pages; colour frontispiece. Book size: 8½" x 5¾". Both volumes are presented in a buckram-bound solander box, blocked in matt gold. The personal prayer book of Henry VIII annotated in his own hand. Few of the treasures in the British Library evoke such a powerful reaction from visitors as the private prayer book of King Henry VIII. This Latin Psalter was one of Henry's most cherished possessions, a book he pored over and annotated throughout. His marginal notes, which can be clearly read, give us an unrivalled insight into the private thoughts and spiritual concerns of the king. Now, 500 years after his accession, the Prayer Book has been reproduced in facsimile. To own it is to own a piece of history, and to have the most intimate link with this remarkable monarch. Exceptionally, the original binding of the Prayer Book has survived, along with most of its clasps. This has allowed The Folio Society to reproduce it exactly, from the red silk velvet on wooden boards to the intricate design of the brass clasps. Inside, every detail of the original is visible, from the beauty of the glorious illuminations to the faintest of pencil marks and water marks on the vellum. Even the irregular effect of the original page edges has been achieved, by gilding them before they are sewn. The result is a facsimile that reflects both the opulence and intimate nature of this extraordinary royal treasure.
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