1629 Francis Havergal's - father's personal copy- Book of Psalms- London-hymns For Sale
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1629 Francis Havergal's - father's personal copy- Book of Psalms- London-hymns:
The Whole Book of Psalms with the prose on the margin. Collected into English meter by Th. Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others: conferred with the Hebrew, with apt notes to sing them with all. Set forth and allowed to be sung in all churches, before and after morning and evening prayer. London, for the company of stationers, 1629.
6.25" x 4.5". pagination: 512. Title page within woodcut pictorial border, woodcut musical notation in text. Bound in early sheep, later red label.
Outer joints crudely reinforced with leather over the old spine which is worn and chipped at ends. Later front free endpaper. One leaf repaired to tears in side notes, without loss of text, inner blank margin of title verso re-enforced, light soiling, else sound and clean throughout. Personally, I would have this handsomely rebound and it would be a super association copy.
Very early unique edition of the most popular separate Psalm book for use in Churches from the late Elizabethan period onward, of great historical interest for its musical content, as well as its influence upon later Psalm books both in England and America.
This very unusual early edition belonged in 1844 to the famous hymn writer William Henry Havergal (1793-1870), author of many popular Victorian hymns and carols and of course father of the beloved Frances Ridley Havergal.
He writes a rather nice note on the prelims in his characteristic hand: is' Bought of Mr. T B of Worcester (in private sale) for 5/-/- (i.e. probably 5 shillings). This version of the English Psalter is in many ways curious. The prose version beside the metrical resemble the Scotch Psalter of 1615. The C.M. Tune, called by Ravenscroft a Low Dutch Tune and by the Scottish editors an English Tune is inserted and repeated many times' etc.
Text quite good with nice woodcuts and printed note music, but I would suggest a rebind. I have been informed since purchasing this that Havergal actually authored a work of historic editions of the Psalms, the present used in preparation for it.
The only other copy on the market, and lacking the very nice association with a prominent hymnist.
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