Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Worship
London: Printed for E. and C. Dilly, 1776. First edition. Hardcover. 12mo. (6 1/2 x 4"). , 408pp. Original full calf covers rebacked with modern morocco, with gold lettering to spine.
This is the first edition of this compilation. The 418 hymns include those of Watts and the Wesleys, but only six of Toplady's own.
Among the latter is his best known "Rock of Ages," which first appeared in "The Gospel Magazine" in October 1775.
"Rock of Ages" is the psalm No. 337 and is featured in pp. 308/309.
Covers rubbed along edges. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #43070
About the author: Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778) was an Anglican cleric and hymn writer. He was a major Calvinist opponent of John Wesley. He is best remembered as the author of the hymn "Rock of Ages". Three of his other hymns: "A Debtor to Mercy Alone," "Deathless Principle, Arise" and "Object of My First Desire" – are still occasionally sung today, though all three are far less popular than his "Rock of Ages"