Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1784; 1785; 1784. The Book of Common Prayer not paginated; engraved frontispiece and title page, , 4-68p, engraved and printed only for Scatcherd & Whitaker; frontispiece, 192p, Printed by Mary Harrison for the Company of Stationers. 15.5cm. All bound in red leather with gilt rolls on the covers, gilt edges, and gilt spine; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt. A professionally conserved copy with front cover reattached; covers slightly rubbed; short mark on bottom cover; spine creases; prior owner's stamp on front fly leaf. A very attractive copy in very good condition. [ESTC T087362].
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London: Printed by Samuel Roycroft, for Robert Clavell, at the Sign of the Peacock in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1684. Fold out frontispiece, title page in red and black, , 464p. 19cm. First edition. Contemporary leather with rules and corner florets in blind; edges red. Covers intact. Edges rubbed, corners rounded, missing the top cover pastedown, and the bottom free endpaper and pastedown, staining on front free endpaper, fly leaf paper thin with small loss in two places; contemporary, printed, folded paper glued to bottom edge of one page [missing most of printing]. Thomas Comber (1645-1699), was ordained a deacon in 1663, priest in 1664, and Dean of Durham from 1691 to 1699. He was a prolific "liturgical writer and Church of England polemicist." The first part of his, A Companion to the Temple and the Closet, was published in 1672. Considered his greatest work, The Companion to the Temple was a detailed commentary on the Book Of Common Prayer "designed to promote its public and private devotional use." By 1692 Comber was Chaplain to William and Mary. [Andrew M. Coleby, ‘Comber, Thomas (1645–1699)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004]. [Wing C5494; ESTC: R20818].