Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Co. Hard Cover. Unpag. This sentimental little gift book contains the words of the three verses of the hymn "Rock of Ages," illustrated with glowing chromolithographs. The white boards have picture of an angel on front, title banner lettered in blue, with pink ribbons. Back cover has a spray of pink flowers. Covers are edgeworn, with some chipping along spine. Free eps decorated with a gilt/purple design. Binding tight, pages clean. Designed with text framed by decorative borders. Very Good.
Hymnals, Religious Music
London: Frederick Warne and Company. Green Cloth. Nd. 622 pp., plus 2 pp. book ads. Front cover and spine are embellished with black and gilt designs. Spine also has gilt lettering. All gilt is bright, but somewhat worn. Covers and spine are lightly stained, also aged and worn, particularly along edges. Corners are bumped and frayed. Rear cover and rear eps are water-stained on lower half. All edges gilt. Frontis, with protective tissue, is a heavily gilded illustration of a choir of three angels holding a banner which reads "Alleluia Alleluia." Profusely illustrated in b/w with decorative initial capitals and over 100, often full-page, b/w plates. These beautiful, detailed plates were engraved by the Dalziel Brothers and their seal appears on the verso of the...
Boston: Crosby, Nichols And Co., 1857. Hardcover. Later Printing. 192 pp. Navy covers have pebbled texture, blind-stamped rules and corner designs. Lettered center front in gilt: American School Hymn Book. Yellow eps are printed w/pub. ads. Ink p.o. on first fly. Tight and bright, a collection of words to 178 songs with suggested tunes. From the preface: "The devotional hymns are believed to be entirely free from any sectarian peculiarities while they are highly elevated in their character...contain pure moral sentiments..." Touches of foxing and occasionally dog-eared, the book is amazing for its 150 years! Very Good.
London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1867. Hardcover. As. 92 pp. B/w engraved ills. Beveled burgundy boards are ruled and embellished on front with gilt. Heavily gilted spine is sunned, scuffed in center, and eroding at both ends. Corners bumped. Bottom edgeworn. All edges gilt. Pale yellow eps. Frontis portrait of Rev. Heber. T.p. is same design as book front. Internally clean and tight, the book contains hymns arranged by the Liturgical Year, each illustrated and embellished, engraved under the direction of James D. Cooper. Very Good.
Boston: De Wolfe, Fiske & Co. Hardcover. First Edition. Unpag. Color ills. Nd - gift inscription 1903. Yellow cover has bright picture of flowers, leaves, and berries on front. Back strip is ivory, w/gilt lettering. Cover a bit worn and soiled, with wear at spine ends. Corners lightly bumped. White moire endpapers. Inscr. on ffep. Beautifully designed and executed book, with eight full-page, full-color chromolithographs done around the text of the old familiar hymn of the title. Borders and type in gilt w/ red and blue accents. A nostalgic treasure. Very Good.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1889. Cloth and Vellum. Limited/Numbered. 374 unopened pages, including Index. Subtitle, "Selected from the English Lyrical Poetry of Four Centuries With Notes Explanatory and Biographical." "Of this edition only 585 copies (numbered 16-600) have been printed for publication, of which this is No. 583." Followed by author's signature. Vellum spine is somewhat aged and soiled, but the blind-stamped gilt lettering, decoration and rules are still fairly bright. Crimson cloth covers are slightly warped, aged, soiled and, occasionally slightly bubbled. Cloth covers are beginning to curl away along edge attached to the vellum spine, particularly on the front cover. Front cover has title in blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering. Top edge slightly soiled. Other edges slightly aged. Brief gift inscription, in ink, on ffep...
Chicago & New York: Biglow & Main and The John Church Co., 1887. Hardcover. As. 208 pp. Tan cover w/black lettering, black cloth spine. Cover worn at all extremities. Entire book is aged. Binding tentative, but holding now. P.o. & music store stamp on ffep. "With standard selections by Ira D. Sankey, James McGranaham, and Geo. C. Stebbins." Words & music to many familiar hymns. Good.