Commentary by Carley, James P. : King Henry's Prayer Book : BL Royal MS 2A XVI . & Commentary [ 2 vols, facsimile and commentary ]


 

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London, The Folio Society, 2009, Limited Edition. Hardcover, 8vo 8" - 9" tall, [360] & 96pp. Facsimile bound in a reproduction of the original binding: red silk velvet over wooden boards with brass clasps and decorative brass corner pieces, internally clean and bright, the text is illuminated with numerous illustrated capitals and 7 full-colour miniatures. Commentary volume bound in black buckram with gilt titles on spine and gilt decorative motif to upper board, internally clean and bright. The two volumes are contained in a solander box with gilt titles and decoration. No.78 of an edition limited to 1000 copies.

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. The facsimile is accompanied by a specially commissioned Commentary volume by Professor James P. Carley, the foremost expert on the library of Henry VIII.

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