Gillette, A. D. Hymns for Social Meetings; selected by A. D. Gillette. Philadelphia: Fidelio Buckingham Graham, Publisher | King & Baird, Printers, 1842. First Edition. 
Black calf spine with black textured boards, title & lines in gilt to spine, 11 cm (4 1/4 x 3 inches), joints rubbed and good, spine ends & corners frayed/rounded. Contemporary signature, "W. A. Houston's Book" in brown & blue ink on the ffep. 160 pp., 16 pp. Appendix, text complete. Light tidemarks in the inner margins throughout; top corner tip of the leaves nibbled througout. Good. Hardcover.
Starr, A Baptist Bibliography, G1292, with date of 1843. Words only; no music.
"Two prayer meeting hymnals from the early 1840s are notable both for the higher aims and their compilers...In 1843 [our copy, 1842] Abram D. Gillette compiled Hymns for Social Meetings...This book was...the work of a young minister whose career proved to be long and influential. At the time, Gillette (1807-1882) was pastor of Eleventh Baptist Church in Philadelphia. [He] included hymns about foreign missions - a strong interest of prayer groups in congregations and the binding force of many of the societies." - Music & Richardson, "I Will Sing The Wondrous Story", p. 176.
With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.