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The Book of Common Prayer, The Holy Bible, Psalms of David; Oxford 1842-43; Legacy Presentation Bible from Philip Wharton, Fourth Baron Wharton (1613-1696)

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Original price £120.00
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An interesting legacy presentation bible in the gift of Lord Philip Wharton, 4th Baron Wharton (1613-1696). He was an English soldier, politician and diplomat. After his death, his will supported the foundation of a Christian Bible charity which would distribute bibles to impoverished children for their use outside of school or church. Children had to learn 7 specified psalms and the Shorter Catechism by rote.

Lord Wharton had started this effort 6 years prior to his death and left 463 acres of his land in his will to provide funding for the enterprise. The nme and age of the recipient would be written in the bible. In this example, the name has been removed, but we can see the recipient was 12 years old. Lord Wharton's Charity still continues these efforts today.

This volume contains:

The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacrements, and Other Ceremonies of the Church. Printed at the University Press, Oxford, 1843;

The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments: translated out of the Original Tongues. Printed at the University Press, Oxford, 1843; and; 

A New Version of the Psalms of David, fitted to The Tunes Used in Churches. By N. Brady and N. Tate. Printed at the University Press, by John Collingwood and Co., 1842.

A good full leather hardback in lightly speckled calf with presentation inscription dated to 1843 blind embossed on front cover. Raised bands to spine. With light wear and some loss to the leather at the head of spine. Bound with fully functioning brass metal clasps. This would have felt like a very special gift to a child in 1843.

The first pastedown carries a script presentation inscription with a tear while the child's name has been removed. There is also a printed label explaining the background of the presentation. Some wear to the page edges of the first few pages from the brass clasps.

Text is clean and bright throughout.

Text in English.

Unnumbered pages.

Dimensions: approx 188mm high x 131mm wide x 58mm deep.

Weight: approximately 969g (unpacked).