A fascinating little hand painted vellum covered book with an equally fascinating provenance being bespoke made as a wedding gift for the British aristocrats Lord and Lady Burghley in 1901. This would make a very special gift for a bride!!!
This delightful, illuminated marriage book was given as a gift to the Honorable Myra Rowena Sibell Orde-Powlett, Marchioness of Exeter ( December 22 1879-October 27 1973) to celebrate her marriage to William Thomas Brownlow Cecil, 5th Marquess of Exeter, Lord Burghley (born 27th October 1876 – died 6th August 1956). The couple married on the 16th of April 1901 and had a total of four children. The wedding took place in Wensley, Yorkshire and the ceremony was performed by the Bishop of Ripon, as featured in 1901 in the weekly publication Country Life Magazine.
Myra Orde-Powlett was the only surviving daughter of William Thomas [Orde-Powlett], fourth Baron Bolton by his wife Lady Algitha Frederica Mary Lumley. The Orde-Powletts owning the 14th century Bolton Castle and the handsome Bolton Hall, Wensley, Yorkshire. A collection of items owned by Myra Orde-Powlett are stored in the collection at her husband Lord Burghley's family home, the magnificent Burghley House, England.
This unique book features the most wonderful hand decorated vellum covers. To the front cover we find extensive hand-painted botanical decoration with gilt detailing. The centrepiece of the front cover are the initials ‘ME’ (Marchioness of Exeter) below a crown; the latin text is the motto of the Cecil family and reads ‘COR unum via una’ which when translated to English reads ‘One heart one way.’
This marriage book contains a 29 page book called The Form of Soleminization of Matrimony. As seen to the inside 'Published under the direction of the Tract Committee with A CHORALE by the late Rev Samuel Flood Jones, M.A., set to Music By the late James Turtle is added'. This Chorale is found after page 29 and is uncut (this book features hand cut sheets of paper).
The book was given by Edith Drummond, a relative of Myra’s on her maternal grandmother’s side; her maternal grandmother married a member of the Drummond family. We are not sure if the book was given by Edith Belle Wilkins Drummond (d 1917) or Edith Mary Frances Drummond (d 1950), both were members of the Drummond family and would have attended the wedding. We believe it is more likely that the book was given by Edith Mary Frances Drummond as she did not Marry and was born into the family, Edith Belle Wilkins married into the Drummond family so we would expect to see her husband, Cyril’s, name on the inscription as Myra was a relative of his.
Measuring: Width 3.75 inch (9.5 cm) by height 5.25 inch (13.5 cm). Depth 0.25 inch (1 cm).
Condition: Some of the pages are a little uneven at the bottom which is to be expected with hand cut paper. Very minor old glue stain to the front free end paper and the back end paper and back pastedown.
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