Miniature Book News # 36: 1979 March Page: 1
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MINIATURE BOOK NEWS
Number 36 16 Dromara Rd., St. Louis, Mo. 63124 MARCH 1979
THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is
the work that forms the liturgy of the
Church of England and the Protestant
Episcopal Church in the United States.
It developed from the Breviary Missal
of Osmund of Salisbury, England, in the
The BCP contains daily morning and
evening prayers, epistles, and gospels
for the year, the order for Holy Communion,
Baptism, Marriage, and other
special services, plus the 39 Articles of
As might be expected, so widely used
a work has been printed in many editions
in miniature format.
The BCP is a lengthy work. With the
introduction of India paper in the late
nineteenth century, it was now possible
to print and produce the BCP in a small
compact format, in its entirety, that was
also suitable for carrying in one's purse
or pocket. India paper is the thin tough
opaque paper that was perfected at the
Oxford University Press in 1875.
Glaister, in The Encyclopedia of the
Book, says that the formula for making
this marvelous paper still remains a
In any event, the Oxford University
Press began producing several works
of the Bible in large quantities around
the turn of the century in miniature
scope, using its thin paper. The BCP,
New Testament, and Hymns, Ancient
and Modern, were among its most
Almost all copies and editions of
these works measured approximately 2
by 1 3/4 inches, were printed in books
Frontispiece and title page from an Oxford University Press edition of The Book of Common Prayer,
around 1900, actual size.
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