Arndt and Eck cite Bender, who says “This first American Mennonite Hymnbook isnot to be confused with one of similar title printed by Saur at Germantown in 1753, called erroneously by Seidensticker and Flory a Mennonite hymnbook.” Each portion of this item has a separate title-page, with the second section's title-page reading Sammlung altre und neuer Geistreichen Gesänge. The woodcut frontispiece depicts David playing his harp.
Arndt & Eck 2419; Shoemaker 2239. Contemporary calf rebacked some time ago, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and publication labels; rubbed, original clasps now lacking. Front fly-leaves with early inked and pencilled inscriptions. Final leaf (pp. 21/22 of the 22-page appendix of brief hymn texts, not of the main portion of the work) lacking. Edge nicks, chips, and tears, some extending into text; three leaves torn in half from outer margin, without loss of text; two leaves (one index) with lower outer corner torn away, with loss of a few words; last two leaves with outer edges ragged. Some upper corners bumped. Pages browned, with waterstaining to lower inner portions of about a third of the volume. (25569)
RARE: ESTC locates only two copies in the U.S. (Emory, Duke) and three in Britain (two at Rylands, other at Congregational).
ESTC T175579. Contemporary calf, covers framed in gilt roll; rubbed, worn, and rebacked with library buckram, spine with typed paper label; hinges (inside) reinforced with cloth tape. Front pastedown with institutional bookplate. Title-page (and one other) with pressure-stamp, pastedowns and verso of title-page rubber-stamped. A few instances of faint foxing, pages otherwise clean. (19509)
This offering comes with a frontispiece engraved by Wightman after Penniman of King David playing the harp above the command to “Awake, Psaltery and Harp — take a Psalm — and sing unto the Lord a new song.”
Binding: 19th-century American mottled red morocco, spine tooled in gilt using a single-rule fillet in company with rolls of a bead, scallop, and ball and dart design to create compartments; WATTS lettered in gilt in the second. Covers gilt-framed using a different bead roll, board edges with delicate foliate gilt rolls, marbled endpapers. Possibly bound by Miller & Hutchens of Providence as the spine rolls are very similar to those pictured in Early American Book-Bindings, i.e., the Papantonio Collection.
A publisher's advertisement for Lincoln & Edmands' Bibles and theological works is on the final page.
Shaw & Shoemaker 34095 & 36510; on binding, see: Early American Bindings, 38. Bound as above, gently rubbed, rear free endpaper lacking and pastedown abraded, with a few spots on edges occasionally bleeding into margins. Housed in a quarter red morocco and linen open-back slipcase with an inner corset, spine lettered in gilt; lightly rubbed. Light age-toning with a few creased or bumped corners, small hole to title-page not taking type, two small marginal chips, four unopened leaves. A more than pleasant pocket-sized book of psalms and hymns. (37286)
Hymns here are chiefly in Chinook, but “[i]n this second edition a hymn has been added in each of the Skokomish, Nisqually, and Clallam languages, and also a medley in the four languages” (p. ). There are a total of 20 hymns, each given in English translation opposite the native language version. There is no music but the tune for each is specified.
Additionally present here are the Lord's Prayer (see our caption) and “A Blessing for Meals,” each in Chinook with interlinear English.
Newberry Library, Ayer Indians, Chinook 20; Pilling,Chinookan, p. 26; Evans 24; Banks p. 13. Publisher's salmon-color printed wrappers. Fine copy. (34846)
The full-page woodcut frontispiece of Luther in his study is signed “ F. Reiche. fe[cit].”
Hymnal: Shaw & Shoemaker 31426; Arndt & Eck, The First Century of German Language Printing in the United States of America, 2032. Kurze Andachten: Shaw & Shoemaker 31686; Arndt, The First Century of German Language Printing in the United States of America, 2034. Contemporary sheep over wooden boards with working brass clasps,spine with raised bands; scattered abrasions. Some pages dog-eared, with spots of browning and overall age-toning throughout as usual in German imprints of this period. (35160)
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)
Publisher's green printed paper–covered boards, rebacked with brown library cloth, spine with inked title and shelving label; paper rubbed and stained, front cover with early inked “1830" in upper outer portion. Back hinge (inside) reinforced. Pastedowns and preface institutionally rubber-stamped, second text page with rubber-stamped numeral in lower margin. Title-page lacking; pp. 9/10 (practice technique exercises) excised. Scattered pencilled marks of emphasis. Some corners bumped; one leaf with tear from outer margin, extending into music without loss. Battered but musically complete, and the instructional parts as interesting as the musical ones. (29618)
Binding: Contemporary black or very dark navy morocco, covers framed and panelled in gilt triple fillets with floral and fan-shaped corner decorations, surrounding a (blank) cartouche; spine with gilt-stamped title and arabesque decorations, board edges with gilt roll, gilt inner dentelles. All edges gilt.
Binding as above with a few small scuffs, back cover with areas of faint discoloration and light scrapes. Pages clean. Very giftable. (29151)
Millard (1794–1873) and Joseph Badger (1792–1852) were editors of the Christian Palladium, a New York-based religious newspaper (and printer of this hymn book). The two men often collaboratedto further the Christian Connexion/Connection — a movement from the late 18th and early 19th centuries that, inspired by the United States’ separation from Great Britain, broke from European denominations; members called themselves, simply, “Christians,” as demonstrated by the title.
Provenance: On front free endpaper, inscription reads, “Nathan Taylor’s Book — Present from Ethela C. Taylor, Elkcreek [sic], Erie Co., Pa. / Sep[tembe]r [the 14?] 1843.”
Not in American Imprints for 1840, but see American Imprints 45618 for 1838 edition by same printer. Contemporary brown calf with simple gilt lettering to spine; edges and boards rubbed, corners bumped. Foxing throughout interior, light waterstain to corner of first 25 pages, handful of leaf corners creased, small wormholes to rear endpapers. A standard hymn book for its time, in a copyagreeable and clearly often consulted. (37908)
Shaw & Shoemaker 4172; Goedeke, Grundriss zur Geschichte der deutschen Dichtung aus den Quellen, 572; Arndt, First Century of German Language Printing in the United States of America, 1337. Andachten: Shaw & Shoemaker 4360; Arndt 1338. Anhang: Shaw & Shoemaker 4171; Arndt 1334. Contemporary sheep, spine with later and sympathetic gilt-stamped title and author labels, binding with brass and leather clasps (intact); leather rubbed and some chipped away with joints open though holding, and spine leather showing some cracking. Front pastedown, free endpaper, and fly-leaf with early inked ownership inscriptions; back pastedown with later pencilled notation; front free endpaper separated and back free endpaper lacking. Pages age-toned and spotted (as usual in German imprints of this period); some corners dog-eared. One leaf with portion of outer margin torn away, with loss of a few words. Condition actually rather typical, for this sort of volume! (18243)
Evans 23823; ESTC W21016; Arndt & Eck 805. Contemporary mottled sheep, covers framed in blind, with remnants of original clasp, spine with later gilt-stamped leather title and publication labels; leather mildly rubbed, spine leather with small cracks, spine and joints unobtrusively repaired. Front free endpaper with pencilled ownership inscription dated 1835; afterwards, ex–theological library: Old-fashioned bookplate on front pastedown, title-page pressure-stamped, pocket on back pastedown. Pagination erratic; several pages appearing out of order. A few corners bumped or dog-eared; a good many sections moderately browned and stained as is commonly seen with these Germantown imprints. (27905)
Shaw & Shoemaker 30511; Richmond 1416. Full original calf, plain style, rubbed overall with small chips on front cover; chip at head of spine, front joint starting. Paper browned, and some stains; a bit of blue crayon doodling in blank area of top left corner of p. 50. Early leaves with stitch holes in inner margin, not touching text; three leaves with tears, not affecting text. Ex–theological library with area of spine blacked out where call number once was; library name and five-digit number rubber-stamped on front pastedown, accession number inked and rubber-stamped at base of p. [iii]. (21139)
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