Rippon, John. A Selection of Hymns From the best Authors, intended to be an Appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns; Including the Names of the Tunes adapted to most of the Hymns. A New Edition, to which is added, A number of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, by various Authors, never before in print. Wilmington, (D.): Printed and Sold by Peter Brynberg, 1803. 
Full leather, front board is detached as well as the ffep. The ffep with several contemporary inscriptions,including "Baptist Hymn Book," "George Addams' Book September 8th day, A. D. 1807". Spine & rear board scuffed and worn, but tight. Old pins inserted to hold several leaves together. There are 30 pp. of preliminary material followed by the Hymns, which number 593. These pages are not numbered by leaf, but by hymns. Then (20) pp. Index, followed by 10 leaves of Hymns and Spiritual Songs (20 pp.), the whole concluding with "The End" at the bottom of the last page. The text is apparantly complete, with one damaged leaf, several leaves pinned into place, with 2 of them pinned out of order, and one leaf being torn with about 20% loss of text. Fair.
Printed in old font with the long "s".
"Like the majority of his co-religionists, Rippon gave his warm sympathy to the Americans during the war of independence, and was in correspondence with leading baptists on the other side of the Atlantic."...From 1790 to 1802 Rippon edited The Baptist Annual Register." Rippon collected material relating to Bunhill Fields, the nonconformist burial ground in London, and his eleven volumes of manuscripts were purchased by the British Museum from a descendant in 1870, which included biographies of hundreds of nonconformist ministers. "Rippon is best known as the compiler of a 'Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, intended as an Appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns,' London, 1827...Rippon published a tenth edition, with sixty additional hymns, in 1800, (London). A thirtieth edition, with further additional hymns, appeared in 1830; and in 1844 appeared the 'comprehensive edition,' known to hymnologists as 'The Comprehensive Rippon,' containing all 1,170 hymns in one hundred metres. Among a few hymns of Rippon's own composition are some of acknowledged merit, such as 'The day has dawned, Jehovah comes.'" - DNB.
With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.