1815 · Boston
Simultaneously petite, dense, and neatly bound collection of psalms edited by Independent minister and writer Isaac Watts, here in a later American edition with a separate title-page for his Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Psalms was originally published in 1719; Hymns appeared in 1707 with an enlargement in 1709.
This offering comes with a frontispiece engraved by Wightman after Penniman of King David playing the harp above the command to "Awake, Psaltery and Harp — take a Psalm — and sing unto the Lord a new song."
Binding: 19th-century American mottled red morocco, spine tooled in gilt using a single-rule fillet in company with rolls of a bead, scallop, and ball and dart design to create compartments; WATTS lettered in gilt in the second. Covers gilt-framed using a different bead roll, board edges with delicate foliate gilt rolls, marbled endpapers. Possibly bound by Miller & Hutchens of Providence as the spine rolls are very similar to those pictured in Early American Book-Bindings, i.e., the Papantonio Collection.
A publisher's advertisement for Lincoln & Edmands' Bibles and theological works is on the final page.
Shaw & Shoemaker 34095 & 36510; on binding, see: Early American Bindings, 38. Bound as above, gently rubbed, rear free endpaper lacking and pastedown abraded, with a few spots on edges occasionally bleeding into margins. Housed in a quarter red morocco and linen open-back slipcase with an inner corset, spine lettered in gilt; lightly rubbed. Light age-toning with a few creased or bumped corners, small hole to title-page not taking type, two small marginal chips, four unopened leaves. => A more than pleasant pocket-sized book of psalms and hymns. (Inventory #: 37286)