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PSALMS HYMNS & ANTHEMS, used in the Chapel of the Hospital for the Maintenance & Education of Exposed & Deserted Young Children,
London No imprint ? 1775 - 8vo, (204x140mm), [92],150,[4]p. Engraved allegorical frontispiece-title (a faint stain in the tail-fore corner), some worm activity in 4 leaves at the end. Modern quarter cloth, Ingres paper boards, early ms inscription at the head of the frontispiece title. Extremely rare, Etsc records two other editions of this title, one with 141 pages and another (a single location: the BL copy) with 153,[5] pages in a similar and somewhat unusual scheme of pagination. This copy we offer contains engraved music on pages 1-126, pages 127-137 contain Original Anthems, printed letterpress, the verso of page 137 is blank, the following seven pages each carry two page numbers from 138 & 139 to 148 & 149, page 150 carries only the single number, the final four pages of Index have no printed numbers. Founded by Thomas Coram in 1741 and originally situated in Hatton Gardens, the Foundling Hospital moved to Lamb's Conduit Fields in Bloomsbury in 1742. 'If the oft-told story is true that Coram sat in the Foundling Hospital arcade in his last years distributing gingerbread to the children, it was a momentary rest from more active projects. His greatest achievement was to provide the template for eighteenth-century philanthropy of a secular foundation modelled on the joint-stock company, of which the Foundling Hospital was the first and finest expression.' (DNB.) Please note that the advised postage is based on an average book, if necessary the postage will be reduced to the correct amount and you will be notified by email. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Barry McKay Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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