Rare Books

  

The Psalms of David, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament by Isaac Watts

John Wilton Rix

150 x 90 x 24mm Blue goatskin

The Psalms of David, Imitated in the Language of the New Testament 

London 1747

By  Isaac Watts

 

 

Condition: The front board is detached and the head caps are damaged.

Treatment required: Re-attach front board and repair the head caps

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Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children by Isaac Watts

London 1715

155 x 95 x 10mm Red Sheepskin

Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children

By Isaac Watts

M Lawrence at the Angel in the Poultry.

London 1715

A rare first edition not listed in ESTC.

Dedicated to Sarah, Mary and Elizabeth Abney, daughters of Sir Thomas Abney.

This slim octavo volume is bound in red sheepskin decorated with gold tooling.  The finishing seems to be the work of an apprentice. The sheepskin has been treated in such a way as to imitate a more expensive goatskin binding, in other words the sheepskin has been dyed and gold tooled (dressed up) to look like goatskin. Sheepskin was a cheap material used for every day trade bindings whereas goatskin was used for the finest and more expensive bindings.  

A facsimile of this work can be seen in Isaac Watts Divine Songs1971 J H Pafford, p. 127-200.

 

Condition: Both boards are detached and the endpapers are damaged

Treatment required: Reback, attached boards and repair endpapers

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Virgilius collatione scriptorum graecorum illustratus: opera et industria Fulvii Ursini

1567 Owned by Roger Ascham

Vellum binding with linen ties

Condition: Fair

Treatment required: Reattach spine and box

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