King Henry’s Prayer Book: BL Royal MS 2A XVI
Limited Edition Facsimile, 512 of 980
Folio Society, 2009
MINT Condition in the Original Shipping Box
This is a limited edition facsimile of “King Henry’s Prayer Book: BL Royal MS 2A XVI” published by the Folio Society in 2009 with a limitation of 980 this being number 512. From the publisher, “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. Now, 500 years after his accession, the Prayer Book has been reproduced in facsimile. To own it is to own a piece of history, and to have the most intimate link with this remarkable monarch. King Henry VIII’s vast collection of books remained part of the royal library until 1757, when King George II presented them to the newly founded British Museum. This royal bequest forms the nucleus of the British Library’s historic collection. At its heart is King Henry’s Prayer Book. Exceptionally, the original binding of the Prayer Book has survived, along with most of its clasps. This has allowed us to reproduce it exactly, from the red silk velvet on wooden boards to the intricate design of the brass clasps. Inside, every detail of the original is visible, from the beauty of the glorious illuminations to the faintest of pencil marks and water marks on the vellum. Even the irregular effect of the original page edges has been achieved, by gilding them before they are sewn. The result is a facsimile that reflects both the opulence and intimate nature of this extraordinary royal treasure. The facsimile is accompanied by a specially commissioned commentary volume by Professor James P. Carley, the foremost expert on the library of Henry VIII.”
Measuring approximately 8.5" x 5.75" and containing 360 pages, the book is bound in full red silk velvet covered wooden boards with two brass clasps. All three sides of the page edges are gold gilted. The book features incredible 7 full color miniatures as well as illustrated capitals throughout the 360 pages. Accompanying the book is a 96 page commentary volume written by Professor James P. Carley that is bound in buckram that contains a color frontispiece of King Henry. Both volumes are housed in a buckram clamshell solander box that serves to protect and display the volumes.
The books and solander case are in MINT condition and housed in the original shipping box.
Stock photographs of the books and solander case as well as examples of some examples from the Prayer Book appear in the photo section of the listing.