Select Hymns for the Devotional Exercises of all Evangelical Denominations 1836
Select Hymns for the Devotional Exercises of all Evangelical Denominations 1836
Select Hymns for the Devotional Exercises of all Evangelical Denominations 1836

Select Hymns for the Devotional Exercises of all Evangelical Denominations 1836

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Linsley, James H.; Davis, Gustavus F. Select Hymns, adapted to the Devotional Exercises of all Evangelical Denominations. Hartford: Canfield and Robins, 1836. First Edition. [9401]

Full leather with black leather title label, rear joint partly cracked, end paper hinges firm, 12 cm (4 3/4 x 3 inches). 460 numbered pp., nos. 129 & 130 are used twice, making the physical count 462 pp. Old dampstains throughout, dark in some places, rear board warped, spine with center crease and 1" crack. Fair. Hardcover.

Starr, A Baptist Bibliography, L2527.

James Harvey Linsley (1787-1843 and Gustavus Fellowes Davis (1797-1836), were both Baptist pastors in New England, with Linsley being "well known as a leader of conference meetings". They collaborated on this new hymnal; their Preface noting that they did not include any hymns from Winchell's Watts and that they desired to offer something new.

"Among the uses proposed for this collection of 543 hymns and seven doxologies...are family worship, sabbath school, temperance societies, tract societies, and peace societies. This list gives a sense of the scope of religious meetings beyond Sunday worship at which singing would have occurred. Though this is a words-only book, a tune - chosen, according to the preface, by Mr. B. C. Wade - is named for each text. The prominent Congregationalist writer Lydia Sigourney contributed several texts to Select Hymns. She also wrote an ode that was sung at Davis's funeral." - Music & Richardson, "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story", pp. 174-175.

With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.