1703 · London
[bound with] Bible. Psalms. English. 1705. Sternhold and Hopkins. The Whole book of Psalms: Collected into English metre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others. London: Printed by G. Croom, for the Company of Stationers, 1705. 85,  pp.
A handsome Bible and separately printed Book of Psalms are here nicely bound in two gilt morocco volumes. The Bible, this edition not containing the Apocrypha, opens with an => engraved general title-page featuring the Royal Arms atop a series of columns; the New Testament has its own printed title-page, also dated 1703; and the perennially popular Sternhold and Hopkins version of Psalms, printed neatly in two columns, has a title-page dated 1705.
Binding: 18th-century black morocco, spine compartments gilt extra with covers double-ruled and panelled in gilt with floral stamps at sides and corners; board edges and turn-ins with zig-zag gilt rolls. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released), with library bookplates on front pastedowns and Howell's booklabels at back.
Searches of COPAC, WorldCat, and the NUC show only one U.S. institution, the New York Public Library, as holding the Whole Book of Psalms in this edition.
On the Bible, see: ESTC N32302; Herbert 874; Darlow & Moule 682. On the Psalms, see: ESTC T195264. Bound as above, two covers expertly reattached; gently rubbed with corners bumped, gilt faded with light ink marking on bottom edge of one volume. Library bookplates as above, pencilling and numerical stamp on general title-page verso and one blank verso; old oval institutional rubber-stamp on fly-leaves, general title-page, and four leaves of text. Light age-toning generally, this moderate to heavy in the Psalms, some headings in the Bible closely trimmed with some words partially shaved; five leaves with a marginal chip or missing corner, a few more with spots or staining, one small annotation (correcting a tense in I Chronicles) in ink. => Overall, a very pleasant set to read and handle. (Inventory #: 37044)