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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe (?), Notice of "The Book of Common Prayer" (A), from The Evening Mirror (New York), December 23, 1844, p. 2, col. 4, lower middle.]

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THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER -- Illustrated with new steel engravings, and Rubricated. New York, D. Appleton & Co. Philadelphia, George S. Appleton. This edition of the Book of Common Prayer is unequalled for its beauty. The typographical execution is very superior; and the titles with the Rubric are distinguished by being printed in red ink. The ornamental exterior is in precise "keeping" with the internal beauty. It is enveloped in the richest velvet, with gilded leaves, a gold border and clasp, and a gold plate on which is engraved the title "Prayers." The volume is a most suitable and must be a most acceptable tribute of affection and esteem for the female worshippers in the Protestant Episcopal Churches; and also for the usual devotional exercises of the domestic circle, where that Liturgy constitutes the medium of offering prayer to God.

[This notice was attributed tentatively as Poe by Hull, saying " 'Keeping' is a Poe worod; yet a certain quality in the diction points more to Willis. The notice may, however, perhaps be Poe's." The notice is not mentioned by Heartman & Canny or Mabbott. As a child, Poe attended church with his step-mother, Frances Allan, at the Monumental Episcopal Church, in Richmond, Virginia.]

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