The Christian Year - Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays Throughout the Year, no author listed [John Keble], c.1829, 5th edition, 387 pgs, 3.75"x5.5", not illustrated, full leather binding, Oxford - Printed by W Baxter for J Parker and C & J Rivington, London. The purpose of this book was to help bring a person’s thoughts and feelings “into more entire unison” with those recommended in the Prayer Book for the Church of England. Laid in is a hand-made bookmark that reads in tiny print: “People seem to forget that in all parts of earthly worship, the singing is the only part we shall take with us to heaven: there will be no preaching there - no praying there - but there, the sound of God’s praise is never to cease”. The bookplate of K Somerville is affixed inside the front cover. The blank page at the front is completely covered with handwritten script with an illegible signature that is dated 1869. In addition, written in ink in very tiny script on the title page is: “Revd John Keble died 20th, March 1866, Hursley, Hanly?”.
Condition: Wear and fading to leather binding with flap torn at upper spine, gilt decorations are mostly still bright on spine, a red ink stamp was applied in 4 places and offset to opposing pages (including the title page and one page of verse), otherwise only minor interior soil - contents are generally quite clean and legible.