Calendrical Volvelle

[Church of England]. The Book of Common Prayer. London: John Sturt, 1717.

This all-engraved edition of the Book of Common Prayer features a volvelle, or rotating circular table, that allowed the user to determine the dates of all the moveable Sunday feasts, such as Easter, during a particular year. For example, if New Year’s Day falls on a Thursday, as it did in 2015, then according to the volvelle the first Sunday after Epiphany in that year will be January 11, and Easter will be celebrated on April 5.

[Church of England]. The Book of Common Prayer.
London: John Sturt, 1717.

Detail.

[Church of England]. The Book of Common Prayer.
London: John Sturt, 1717.

Title.

[Church of England]. The Book of Common Prayer.
London: John Sturt, 1717.

Dedication.

[Church of England]. The Book of Common Prayer.
London: John Sturt, 1717.

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