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BRETT, Thomas. A collection Of the Principal liturgies, Used by the Christian Church in the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist: Particularly the Ancient, viz. the Clementine...The Liturgies of S. James, S. Mark, S. Chrysostom, S. Basil, &c. Translations in English...with a dissertation upon Them...

London. Printed for Richard King, 1720.
8vo. xvi, [8], 160, 437pp, [1]. Without the terminal advertisement leaf. Contemporary panelled calf. Worn, lacking lettering-pieces, with upper board detached (the free endpaper and title attached to this). Armorial bookplate of Reginald Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher, (1852-1930) to FEP, ownership inscription of 'Edward Wm. Stillingfleet' to head of FFEP, above a short bibliographical note; manuscript shelf-mark to head of title. With several ink stamps of the British Museum (to verso of title, final leaf, and also L8v).
The first edition of a collection of Christian liturgies, followed by an extensive critical study of their 'usefulness and authority' alongside 'several Corruptions and Interpolations', by bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, Rev. Thomas Brett (1667- 1744).

An influential member of the nonjuror movement throughout his life, Brett was a biblical and liturgical scholar; publishing several works on the evolution and translation of scriptural text, advocating for a return to the Common prayer book of Edward VI (London, 1549), and indeed composing, with others including Thomas Deacon, a new nonjuring liturgy in 1718.

This copy was likely acquired by the British Museum as part of the Francis Hargrave acquisitions (1813), as it bears the stamp including the initials FH, and soon after deaccessioned, with a duplicate stamp dated 1818.
ESTC T116090.
£ 375.00 Antiquates Ref: 28547