The Book of Common Prayer

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"The whole booke of Psalmes collected into English meter."

Elizabethan families like the Shakespeares often kept a Book of Common Prayer like this at home.

This pocket-sized edition dates from 1596, when Shakespeare was 32 years old.

The pages of this volume feature many signatures. They are said to be Shakespeare's own, but could be forgeries. [click here to turn back a page]

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