New York: M. Walter Dunne, 1904. First American edition. Hardcover. Folio. (14) 386 (1)pp. Original purple cloth with with beveled edges and intricate four color design of a miter drawn and executed at the bindery of M. Walter Dunne with decorative gilt borders, gilt ruling and lettering on spine. Gilt top edge. Blue silk moiré endpapers with lion imprints. Foredge uncut. Frontispiece woodcut with red lettering. Title page with elaborate woodcut border red lettered rubric. Eight pages of table of content, each with pictorial woodcut, decorative border and red lettered rubric and page indicators for respective contents. Beautifully illustrated with historiated headpieces and initials. Illustrated tables for proper lessons, psalms on certain days and calendar in red and black. Two full page woodcuts on pages 350 and 351. Printed in red and black throughout.
The authorized American edition of the Prayer-Book of King Edward VII. The designs and type throughout are those of the English edition published by Royal warrant, and are the work of C.R. Ashbee of the Essex House Press. R. Catterson-Smith assisted in the preparation of a few of the blocks which were cut in England by W.H. Hooper and Clemence Housman. The proofs were corrected by the house of M. Walter Dunne under the direct supervision of Angus Frederick Mackay. Asides of the binding this edition distinguishes itself from the limited edition of 1892, which is bound in decorative gilt-stamped vellum, in that the text is not girded with decorative floral borders.
Binding with light wear along edges, light fraying at head and tail of sunned spine. Some dark staining at lower right corner of front cover retaining purple color. Two small chips at upper parts of front endpaper. Inked inscription on first front free endpaper. Starting after first front free endpaper. Water staining at upper right border and foredge diminishing rapidly going through page 90. Light age toning along edges of block. Binding in overall good+, interior in good+ to very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #43149