Albany: Whiting, Backus & Whiting, 1804. New edition. Hardcover. 24mo (6 x 4"). 394 [i.e. 392], pp; 236, pp. Errors in pagination: In "The Psalms of David," pages 233-234 are omitted; p. 347 misnumbered 743; In "Hymns", pages 119 and 215 are misnumbered 118, 115. Contemporary full spotted calf, with gold lettering and ruling to spine.
The first book is the result of the author's challenging goal to write translations - in rhyme and meter - of the Psalms of David, in everyday language for congregational singing. The 150 psalms are carefully composed in poetic beauty. Each paragraph captures the essence of each Psalm and each Scripture, and rhymes in perfect harmony.
Bound with "The Psalms of David" is "Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge, and Various Other Writers." The book is a selection of 263 hymns from the best hymnwriters of the 18th century, such as Isaac Watts, Philip Doddridge, Benjamin Beddome, Anne Steele, Samuel Medley, Tate and Brady, John Rippon, Joseph Addison, Samuel Stennett, John Fawcett, William Cowper, John Newton, Thomas Gibbons, Samuel Davies, Benjamin Francis, Daniel Turner, John Needham, Augustus Toplady, and John Leech.
Binding rubbed along spine. Closed tears along both upper joints. Ex-library bookplate on inside of front cover. Contemporary previous owner's signature at upper margin of front free endpaper (John Phelps). Minor and sporadic age-toning and foxing throughout. Binding in overall good- to good, interior in good+ to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #43071
About the author: Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was an English Christian minister, hymn writer, theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. He is recognized as the "Father of English Hymnody;" many of his hymns remain in use today and have been translated into numerous languages.