Foster, Robert. General Collection: Hymns, Original and Selected, for the use of Christians. Portsmouth, N. H.: Printed and Sold at the Office of the Christian Herald | Stereotyped by Smith, Reed & Gaylord..Boston, 1828. 
Full calf with gilt titles & decoration to spine, small wormhole at base, binding rubbed, intact with no cracks, attractive. 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches, 448 generally clean pp., silverfish damage to the rear blanks. Very good. Full calf.
Dowling, Hymn and Gospel Song Books of the Restoration Movement: A Bibliography, p. 62. First published 1824; "Note: This is the first part of what was designed as a Portsmouth Collection."
Foster determined after attending the seventh United States Christian Conference, to produce this hymnal.
"He would gratefully acknowledge the kindness of Elder David Millard, and others who have aided him in this work, and hopes it will contribute to the comfort, edification, and upbuilding of Christians in the new and living way, till they shall come to the New Jerusalem, and with the hundred and forty and four thousand, and an innumerable company sing, the new song forever and ever." - Preface.
With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.