Standard Edition of
the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
of Common Prayer in the U. S. Episcopal Church have always had "Standard
Editions". The puorpose of these is to allow the Church and each
Diocese to ensure that all copies of the Book of Common Prayer are indeed
true and correct. The first of these was printed in 1793, and was followed
by several others of the 1789 edition of the Book of Common Prayer, as
small changes and corrections were made at successive General Conventions.
For the 1892 Edition, however, a very
large and elaborate Standard Book was prepared, and sold in a limited
edition to subscribers only, in order to fund other copies used for the
Standard Book's traditional purpose. This pattern was repeated in 1928,
with again a large, finely made edition
sold to subscribers only. Both of these were printed by Daniel Berkeley
Updike, one of the foremost printers of the day, and these two Standard
Editions (particularly the 1928 printing) can be numbered among the classics
of American book publishing.
when the 1979 Revision was approved, it was an obvious choice to repeat
this pattern and authorize a high-quality printing of the Book of Common
Prayer to be sold in limited quantities to subscribers. Andrew Hoyem and
his Arion Press of San Francisco was chosen for this task and they drew
up a prospectus, the cover of which may be seen at right.
prospectus called for a book of folio size (13.5" x 9", or 34
x 22.5cm) printed in 16pt Romulus type with red rubrics. It was to have
the same pagination as the current 1979 Book, but somewhat different typography.
However, for one reason or another, the project was never completed, a
Standard Book never printed, and so all we have is the Prospectus.
Prospectus for the 1979 Standard Edition
Prospectus itself is 15 pages in length, and consists of an authorization
by the Custodian of the Book of Common Prayer, a review of previous Prayer
Books, a description of the proposed Standard Book, a typeface specimen,
and four sample pages. We have the entire Prospectus available as PDF graphics - see the link at right.
| Download the 1979 Prospectus (size=10.2MB)