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bearing the date of 1549; then comes the Second Prayer Book of Edward VI, 1552; then the First Book of Queen Elizabeth, 1559; then King James' Book, “as settled at Hampton Court in 1604"; then the Book of Charles I, 1637; then King Charles Il's Book, “as settled at the Hampton Conference in 1662.” These made six folio volumes printed on handsome paper with edges gilt. There were many editions of the Book of Common Prayer made by Whittingham, productions which deserve the highest praise.
praise. Some were plain, some highly ornamented, all were beautiful, many were magnificent. And there were “Communion Services” and “Occasional Offices of the Church,” printed in red and black. The Victoria Book of Common Prayer, in large Old English type, the rubrics being in red, was carefully collated with the sealed book in the Tower of London. This was a supplemental volume to Pickering's noted series of the Common Prayer, a series which was printed on super-royal paper expressly made from molds designed to imitate an ancient fashion, and which shows all the changes made in the ritual from the time of the Reformation to the Savoy Conference. The Book of Common Prayer, “Noted by John Merbeck,” is a verbatim reprint showing what parts of the service were chanted in the reign of Edward VI.
One day, in 1847, Nephew Charles was invited to call upon Sara Coleridge, who wished to consult him about a second edition of the “Biographia Literaria,” which her father, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, had written, and which his cousin, her husband, Henry Nelson Coleridge, had partly prepared for publication. Henry having died, the task of completing the project fell to his widow, who indited a defense of her father's opinions to the extent of nearly two hundred pages in the “ Biographia.” Whittingham, 't is said, looked forward gloomily to business discussion with a
He had always ungallantly confessed a small opinion of the executive talents of the sex. But from the interview with Mrs. Coleridge he returned in a state of elation. “Why!” exclaimed he, “Mrs. Coleridge is the only intellectual woman I have met. Her face is like alabaster for smoothness and whiteness, and her dark eyes flash with an intelligence beyond anything I ever saw. But, dear me, she comes of such an unhealthy family!”
Nephew Charles left Took's Court in 1849, his lease having expired. During the next three years all his printing was done at Chiswick.