London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1854. First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good Hardcover.
Signed by the author. First Edition
A beautifully illustrated devotional book in original cloth stamped in blind and gilt. 100,  pp.; illustrated from intricate wood-cuts with side-pieces, floriated initials, and other designs throughout the text.
The text of each page is within an ornamented border. contains nearly fifty prayers and meditations. 18 by 12.7 cm (7 by 5 inches) , 100, : complete, including both half title and engraved title pages. - Cloth is worn, gilt has faded, fraying to corners and extremities; hinges cracked, binding otherwise holding, faint marginal age-toning, small dampstain affecting hinge in early pages, text otherwise clean throughout.
Very Good / No Jacket. Item #014148
The engraved borders, initial letters, and vignettes are by Mary Byfield. Per the author, 'the style of ornamentation adopted in this little volume is that of A Book of Christian Prayers printed by John Day, 1569, usually called Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book. The side-pieces on pages 1, 2, 6, 13 are [facsimiles] of woodcuts in that work' [oclc]
Title-page border signed: W. Calvert delt. M Byfield sc. Each page of main text within woodcut border designed, either as indicated above, or in the same style by Elizabeth Eleanor Whittingham and Charlotte Whittingham, engraved by Mary Byfield.
Ref: Johnson; Old-Face Types in the Victorian Age p7 fm The Monotype Recorder, No. 242, 1931OCLC: 6961013; Johnson, A. F. (1966) Type Designs; 3rd ed. London: Andre Deutsch; pp. 83-85.