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Fraternity of Baptists (a.k.a., Church of the Brethren).  The Christians duty, exhibited, in a series of hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians. Recommended, to the serious, of all denominations. Germantown [Pa.]: Printed by Peter Leibert, 1791. 8vo (16.6 cm; 6.5"). [4], 320, xxv pp.

First edition of a Dunker/Dunkard hymn book created "because of the inconvenience arising from having several sorts of hymn books in meeting at once," produced at the site of the Church of the Brethren's first American congregation. The title-page has been ruled with a floral border, and indexes are present for first lines and specific subjects.
        Provenance: Many previous owners have inked or pencilled their ownership on the endpapers, sometimes several times, including "Sarah Reel," "Christian Van Lasche" dated 18 December 1796, and "Samuel Van Lasche in the year of our Lord" dated both 1805 and 1806. The Lasche family were early immigrants to Germantown, Christian being a carpenter and pump-maker. Later gilt red leather label of 20th-century woman book collector Estelle Doheny (widow of oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny) on front pastedown.

ESTC W37375; Evans 23258. 18th-century calf, plain rounded spine with raised bands ruled in blind above and below, rubbed and corners bumped; moderate age-toning with waterstaining along most margins, variable spotting /soiling and stray ink marks. Otherwise, some creased leaves and torn-away corners including to title-page, one leaf with a long marginal tear taking (on the two sides) a few letters and one word, short marginal tears. Inked ownership indicia as above.  (37269)   Please RESHELVE This.

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