Rare With Sixteen Engraved Music Plates
BIBLE IN ENGLISH. TATE, Nahum. New Version of the Psalms of David: Fitted to the Tunes used in Churches. By N. Brady, D.D. Chaplain in Ordinary, and N. Tate, Esq; Poet-Laureate to His Majesty. Boston: re-printed by B Edes and J. Gill , 1755.
First edition printed by Edes and Gill, which went through many editions. Small octavo (6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches; 165 x 95 mm). [1]- 336 [printed as 376] pp. Appendix (page 277) with separate title-page reading "Appendix, containing a number of hymns, taken chiefly from Dr. Watts’s Scriptural collection. ..", but continued pagination. Final leaf with errata. With sixteen engraved plates of sheet music, the first leaf signed: Engrav'd Printed & Sold by Thomas Johnston Brattle Street, Boston 1755. We could only find a handful of copies in libraries and most lack the engraved plates.

Contemporary full sheep. Boards ruled in blind. Boards and edges rubbed and bumped. Top one-inch of both upper outer joints split but holding firm. Leaves stained and toned as usual for American books of this era. Previous owner "Samuel Dexter Ward, 1801" signature and doodles of ships and anchors on front and back pastedowns. Overall a very good copy.

Samuel Dexter Ward is the nephew of Samuel Dexter (1761-1816) who was an American statesman who served in Congress as well as the Cabinets for Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. He also deliverd the Senate Eulogy for George Washington in 1799.

"While previous research has demonstrated that the hymnody and paraphrased Psalms were well known in colonial New England, the introduction of these into public worship was a deeply contested issue until the introduction of the Appendix... On November 5, 1753, the Brattle Street Church, now led by a young Samuel Cooper, voted to make the change of psalters: 'Nov. 5. The Report of the Committee, for the Psalms, was read, and accepted. It was then motioned, that we should now determine what Version to sing: and voted accordingly by a great Majority. The Pastor was then desired to give his Opinion; He proposed the Version of Tate & Brady, with an Addition of Hymns from Dr. Watts and others; to be collected by a Committee, which the Church should appoint for that Purpose. The Brethren by a written Vote agreed to this. There were present 64. Voters For Tate & Brady with an Appendix, 51; for Dr. Watts Psalms, 5; 8 did not vote. The Breth[r]en then chose the Pastor with a Committee of 8 to prepare the Appendix.'" (The History of the Boston Appendix and Mather Byles's "Supplement" By Brewer, Charles E.).

"A New Version of the Psalms of David, Fitted to the Tunes used in Churches (first complete edition, 1696; revised version, 1698; supplement, 1700). The last, written in collaboration with Nicholas Brady, was intended to replace the Elizabethan versified psalter by Sternhold and Hopkins (1562), used regularly in Anglican worship as the equivalent of a hymnbook. The New Version was designed to achieve a modernity and elegance of idiom, while remaining compatible with the traditional psalm tunes... Some of the Psalms and their associated hymns (including the celebrated 'While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night') survive in hymnals to this day. (Oxford DNB).

Evans 7358.

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