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ANDREWES, LANCELOT. A Manual of the Privatte Devotions and Meditations . . . translated out of a fair Greek MS. of his Amanuensis.  (of ), 153, ; , 97,  pages; lacks the engraved additional title and N1 (pages 77-78 in second part). Extraneous engraved portrait of Andrewes by Wenceslaus Hollar bound before title. 2 parts in one volume. 12mo, 128x74 mm, contemporary olive morocco by one of the queens' binders, lavishly gilt-tooled to an all-over pattern of drawer-handle tools, pointillé volutes, dots, and stars, partly accentuated with painted enamel, expertly rebacked retaining original backstrip, front cover detached; few minor stains, early owner's inscription ("Eleanor See her Book") on blank page facing page 1. London: T. Ratclif & N. Thompson for Richard Bentley, 1674
Third edition of a private prayer book by Andrewes (1555-1626), Bishop of Winchester and one of the translators of the King James version of the Bible. Originally composed in Greek and Latin for his own use and circulated in a small number of manuscript copies after his death, the prayers were translated into English by Richard Drake and first published in 1648. The binding is an attractive example from one of the 4 Restoration workshops known as the Queens' binders for having bound books for Catherine of Braganza and Mary of Modena in a closely similar style; see Nixon, English Restoration Bookbinding, pages 32-77 and plates 56-77. Wing A3137.