1769 The Psalms of David, Isaac Watts. Cottage roof binding. London.

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An attractive red morocco binding, in the cottage roof style, decorates this 1769 edition of Isaac Watt's The Psalms of David, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and Applied to the Christian State and Worship.

This copy with a delightful "St. Valentine Feb. 14" gift inscription, wishing the recipient that after reading the hymns, "his shivers of apprehension may for ever cease", and referring them to a hymn (oddly, on the subject of slander).

From the "Advertisement" - The chief design of this work was to improve Psalmody or Religious Singing, and to encourage the frequent practice of it in public assemblies and private families, with more honour and delight; yet the Author hopes the reading of it may also entertain the parlour and the closet with devout pleasure and holy meditations."

An immensely popular work, this printing is the 31st edition.

Regarding Watt's music-writing, in a posting entitled "The Psalms of David" the Smithsonian Institute writes, "Reverend Isaac Watts, an English Nonconformist minister in the late 17th and early 18th century, has long held the title as 'Father of Hymnody'. His desire to fill people with passion for the songs that they sang led him to write some 600 hymnys... Hymns had a tremendous influence on African American spirituals, especially those during the 'Great Awakening', a religious revival of the 1730s."

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 12.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm. Dark red morocco binding, richly decorated in gilt, with the boards tooled in a "cottage roof" design". Spine with four raised bands and five compartment tooled in gilt with florets, pointelle and triple fillet borders. All edges gold. Marbled endpapers. viii, 304, index - 24

Condition -

See pictures. Pretty binding with a few notes; at the fore-edge of the front board there is an indent mid-way down. Also, at the top of the front joint there is a chip. Light wear at edges of bindings, and the spine might be a little darker.

Verso of flyleaf with some rubbed out inscriptions, remnants of red ink and one struck-through name. 1st blank unpaginated sheet with a lengthy gift inscription dated "Feb. 14 86", and addressed from "St. Valentine". Some toning and occasional fox spots throughout. Title page trimmed at bottom edge, cutting mid-way through the year; the rest of that A gathering also trimmed tight at bottom edge, just touching the text (it's like they used the advertisement from another book). Starting at quire "B" the trimming is acceptable/normal. Page 25 with an underline referenced in the gift inscription at first blank. Page 35 with a small ink mark. Occasional dog-eared page.

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