The Psalms of David, by WATTS, Isaac (1674-1748).

a small format edition ‘to render it more portable and convenient’
WATTS, Isaac (1674-1748).

The Psalms of David, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and apply’d to the Christian State and Worship. By I. Watts, D.D. The Twenty-Fourth Edition. London, Buckland and Longman, 1763.

Twenth-fourth Edition. 12mo (152 x 90 mm), pp. [ii], vi, 318, [22], 8 engraved music, initial imprimatur leaf, in contemporary unlettered sheepskin, worn at extremities but sound, head and tail-cap chipped, with the contemporary ownership inscription of ‘Alex Nesbitt’ on the title-page and the inscription ‘No. 9’.

A scarce edition of Isaac Watts’ popular rendering of the Psalms of David, first published in 1709, complete with eight pages of engraved music at the end, giving 25 tunes to accompany the psalms. This is an honest copy in a contemporary binding but it has clearly been much used.

‘The large Edition is prefaced with a Discourse on the right Way of fitting the Psalms of David for Christian Worship... At the Request of many Friends, the Author has permitted this Edition in a smaller Form, to render it more portable and convenient for publick Worship’ (Advertisement to the Readers).

ESTC t195403, at Bodleian, Columbia, Emory, Library Company of Philadelphia and Perkins School of Theology.

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