Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1861. Item #04883
Printed During the American Civil War
[BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the use of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with The Psalter, or Psalms of David. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1861.
Small octavo (5 15/16 x 3 11/16 inches; 151 x 94 mm.). -680, -286 pp. Additional engraved title and frontispiece.
Contemporary full dark brown morocco, covers decoratively stamped in blind, front cover lettered in gilt. Spine with four raised bands decoratively stamped in blind and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt decorated turn-ins, yellow coated end-papers, all edges gilt. Contemporary ink signature "Sarah Howard / 1862" on front free end-paper.
A fine copy of this American Civil War Book of Common Prayer.
OCLC locates just one copy of the edition held at the American Antiquarian Society Library (MA, USA).
The Civil War in the United States began in 1861, after decades of simmering tensions between northern and southern states over slavery, states’ rights and westward expansion. The election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 caused seven southern states to secede and form the Confederate States of America; four more states soon joined them. The War Between the States, as the Civil War was also known, ended in Confederate surrender in 1865. The conflict was the costliest and deadliest war ever fought on American soil, with some 620,000 of 2.4 million soldiers killed, millions more injured and much of the South left in ruin.