[Milton-L] Re: Early BCP texts online.

Patrick Scott scottp at gwm.sc.edu
Thu Sep 13 18:22:41 EDT 2007

The link Hamlin posted: 
provides (at the very end of the list, scrolling down a long page)
on-line versions of all the early editions of the Book of Common Prayer
as well as the Directory from the Westminster Divines, and the homilies.
 This is a deal of mixed feeding, and I haven't checked the accuracy of
the sites in choice of sources from which to reproduce each version, but
the material is certainly there to get started on a topic.  
For those who like hard copy, the William Pickering folio reprints of
early Prayer Books from the 1840's (which pretty much bankrupted the
firm) are very accurate. 

The text in the on line source are:

1559 Book of Common Prayer
The Elizabethan Book 

The Book of Common Prayer in Latin (1560)   
1552 Book of Common Prayer
The second Prayer Book of Edward VI

Merbeke's Book of Common Prayer Noted (1550)   
The Book of Common Prayer put to music

1549 Book of Common Prayer    
The first Book of Common Prayer

The Order for the Communion 1548 
The first communion service in English.

Exhortation & Litany (1544)
The first liturgy in English

The Directory for the Public Worship of God, which replaced the Book of
Common Prayer between 1645 and 1662, is more of an outline of worship
than a fixed liturgy, in keeping with its Puritan background. It is
available online, from (not surprisingly) two conservative Presbyterian
groups, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and the Evangelical
Presbyterian Church.

The Homilies referred to in the 39 Articles:  now online in ZIPped form.
They are also available from the Anglican Library.

The complete 1662 Book of Common Prayer, in HTML format, from Lynda
Howell.; also in PDF format (note that this is a single very large file)

The 1662 BCP, as printed by John Baskerville in 1762; in PDF format  
The 1662 Book as a series of B/W pictures in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format,
from a 1771 printing (Griffiths 1771/2). 

The same site reminds me that David Griffiths' recent Bibliography of
the Book of Common Prayer has won a number of bibliographical awards.  


Patrick Scott
Director of Special Collections, 
Thomas Cooper Library,
& Professor of English,
University of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC 29208, USA.
Tel: 803-777-1275
Fax: 803-777-4661, attn Dr Scott
E-mail: scottp at gwm.sc.edu

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