|The Book of Common Prayer|
Everyman's History of the Prayer Book, by Percy Dearmer. An accessible, illustrated book on the Book of Common Prayer, published in 1912.
A New History of the Book of Common Prayer, by Francis Procter & Walter Howard Frere. The classic text on the Book of Common Prayer, from a 1910 printing.
The Book of Common Prayer: Its Origins and Growth, by J. H. Benton. This is the text of a short book about the Book of Common Prayer, written in 1910 by a Boston lawyer and collector of Prayer Books. A "second edition" (1914), which is simply a catalogue of Mr. Benton's collection, is available from the Internet Archive and also from Google Books.
A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer, by William Reed Huntington, perhaps the greatest American voice for Prayer Book reform in the late 19th century. (An expanded version is availble from the Internet Archive and from Google Books)
Liturgiae Americanae, by William McGarvey (1907): the narrative portions of this book, describing the development of the American Prayer Book through the 1892 Revision. (The entire book is available online from the Internet Archive and from Google Books).
The Book of Common Prayer among the Nations of the World, by William Muss-Arnolt (1913). An examination of all the translations of the English and American BCP's.
The Eucharistic Office of the Book of Common Prayer, by Leslie Wright (1919). The history and theology of the 1662 rite.
Prayer Book Interleaves, by William Palmer Ladd (1941). The seminal text of the Liturgical Movement in the US Episcopal Church.
English Rite : being a Synopsis of the Sources and Revisions
of the Book of Common Prayer, by Frank E Brightman (1915). A thorough history of the
BCP, and comparison of its revisions. The standard work on the
subject. Vol. 1 is also available from the Internet Archive, and Vol. 2 from Google Books.
From Project Canterbury
The New American Prayer Book, by E Clowes Chorley (1929): an introduction to the 1928 U. S. BCP, and a general history of the American Book of Common Prayer.
Studies in the History of the Book of Common Prayer, by Herbert Luckock (1900): The History of the English BCP, through the 1662 revision. (from CCEL)
From the Internet Archive:
The Book of Common Prayer, Interpreted by its History, by Clement Moore Butler (1845). History of the BCP, primarily dealing with some of the more important services, from a "low church" point of view. Also 2nd (1849) ed. from Google Books.
A History of the Conferences and other Proceedings connected with the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer, from the year 1558 to the year 1690, by Edward Cardwell (1840). Also from Google Books. The third (1849) edition is also available from Google Books and from the Internet Archive.
An Elementary Introduction to the Book of Common Prayer, by Francis Procter & George F. Maclear (5th Ed., 1901).
Studies in the History of the Book of Common Prayer, by Herbert Luckock (2nd ed. 1882). A general history (also availble from CCEL - see above - and from Google Books)
The Book of Common Prayer, by Samuel Hart (1910). A thorough examination of the 1892 U. S. BCP, by the first Custodian of the BCP. Also from Google Books. The Second Revised Edition (1913) is also available.
A Rational Illustration of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, by Charles Wheatly. An 1871 reprint of this classic text, first published in 1710; reprints from 1867, 1858, 1848, 1849 and 1846 are also online. The 1848 reprint and ones from 1722, 1795, 1845 and 1867 are also available from Google Books
Edward VI and the Book of Common Prayer, by Francis Aiden Gasquet & Edmund Bishop (2nd ed., 1891). Includes reprints of many original documents.
A History of the Book of Common Prayer, by J. H. Maude (1900). A textbook, primarily covering a history and description of the services.
A Rationale upon the Book of Common Prayer, by Anthony Sparrow. An 1840 reprint of the first commentary and apology for the BCP, written in 1657. Also available are a 1722 reprint, which also includes Samuel Downes' Lives of the Compilers of the Liturgy, and one from 1843.
All of the texts from the Internet Archive are
available as PDF graphics with associated text files. Note that the
text files appear to be uncorrected OCR results (i. e., they contain
From Google Books:
Litugiae Britannicae, by William Keeling (2nd. ed., 1851; Griffiths 1851/31). The classic side-by-side comparison of all the English BCP's, plus the Scottish 1637 BCP. Also available from the Internet Archive.
Companion to the Temple, by Thomas Comber
(1676). A devotional aid often bound up with older Prayer Books. Google Books also has several volumes of an 1841 reprint:
The Book of Common Prayer Illustrated so as the Shew its Various Modifications; the Date of its Several Parts, and the Authority on which they Rest, by Henry Keatinge Clay (1841, Griffiths 1841/3). Basically shows which parts of the 1662 BCP were introduced when.
The Book of Common Prayer, text taken from the Manuscript Book originally Annexed to Stat. 17 & 18 Car. II c. 6 with an Historical Introduction & Notes, by Archibald John Stephens, Vol. 1, 1849; Vol. 2, 1850; Vol. 3, 1854 (Griffiths 1849/22). Exhaustive notes, mostly from an historical and legal perspective.
The Book of Common Prayer, in Its History and Interpretation with special reference to existing controversies, by Henry Blakeney (1866). BCP history from a distinctly "low church" point of view.
Fragmentary Illustrations of the Book of Common Prayer, from Manuscript Sources, William Jacobson, ed., (1874). Basically the texts of two "substitute" BCP's devised by Bp. Sanderson & Bp. Wren during the Commonwealth.
A Key to the Knowledge and Use of the Book of Common Prayer, by John Henry Blunt (New Edition, 1876). A fairly simple introduction to the Prayer Book, by the author of The Annotated BCP. The first (1868) edition is also online.
The Genesis of the American Prayer Book, CE Stevens, ed., 1893. A history of the Prayer Book, focussing on the then-new 1892 edtition.
Texts from Google Books are all presented as PDF graphics. Note that quality of the texts varies; some have lines cut off, pages out of order and possibly missing, etc.
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