The Book of Common Prayer.
London: William Pickering, 1844. Full morocco, 14 inches tall. Extraordinary decoration with a silver Christ on a brass cross with drops of blood. represented by garnets, dripping into silver chalices. Large rock crystal bosses on each corner magnifying JHS. The brass clasps are fully functioning. This is the celebrated 'Black Letter' edition printed for William Pickering, being a reprint of The Common Prayer printed by Whitchurch for Edward VI. This magnificent volume is reputed to have been commissioned by John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute.