WHITTINGTON PRESS. FODEN, Peter. ~ The Fell Imperial Quarto Book of Common Prayer.
Illustrated with a selection of Fell ornaments and 4 original leaves from the Prayer book of 1913. An account of the Prayer book’s production by Peter Foden, former Oxford University Press archivist. One of 150 copies, this no. 73, there were also 50 special copies. Set in Caslon type, from matrices originally in the possession of Oxford University Press, and printed on Zerkall mould-made paper. Pp. 44. Folio, original half red cloth over printed paper covered boards with Fell ornaments, gilt lettering to spine, housed in original red cloth-edged paper slipcase. Slight rubbing to slipcase, otherwise an extremely good copy.
An excellent bibliographic detective story begun when packets of unbound sheets of the Book of Common Prayer were found in 1989 when the OUP was closing down. ‘In his fascinating account of this project... Foden addressed the problem of why there appeared to be no copies deposited in the copyright libraries, and why sheets of the book were still lying around apparently neglected so many years later’ – John Randle