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Fore-edge painting, Watts (I.)
THE PSALMS OF DAVID, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament,
- and applied to the Christian state and worship. Pp. [ii]+256+[22](index), engraved frontispiece portrait; [bound with] HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS. In three books. I. Collected from the Scriptures. II. Composed on divine subjects. III. Prepared for the Lord's Supper. Pp. [ii]+236+[8](index); small f'cap. 12mo; early full red morocco, the spine lettered and decorated in gilt compartments, the boards with decorative gilt border and gilt edges, a trifle rubbed, light water stain to lower portion of upper board, with heavier stain (and resultant bleaching of colour) to corresponding area of lower board, small piece chipped from bottom fore-corner of lower board; a.e.g.; ribbon marker; marbled endpapers; bookplate on upper pastedown, inked signature (dated 1799) on verso of upper free endpaper, tiny inked inscription on final blank, the frontispiece faintly offset, a little light foxing; printed for L. Wayland, London, 1795; 1792. *With an early horizontal fore-edge painting (of New York harbour) beneath the gilt. Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was one of the most popular writers of his time. The first edition of his Hymns was published in 1707, and his version of the Psalms of David originally appeared in 1719. According to the Dictionary of National Biography: 'The poetry of Watts took the religious world of dissent by storm. It gave an utterance, till then unheard in England, to the spiritual emotions, in their contemplation of God's glory in nature and his revelation in Christ and made hymn-singing a fervid devotional force.' [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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