The Psalms of David in Metre: Translated and diligently compared with the original text, and former translations. More plain, smooth, and agreeable to the Text, than any heretofore. Allowed by the Authority of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland…

  • (Bible. Psalms)
  • Edinburgh: Printed by Sir D. Hunter Blair and J. Bruce 1812


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8vo, pp. [132]. Text printed in three perpendicular columns. Contemporary deep red straight-grained morocco, boards bordered with gilt rules enclosing blind rolls and cornerpieces, gilt tools to the centre of each border, large blind arabesque to each board, spine divided by raised bands and gilt-lettered direct, other compartments with large decorative gilt tools, edges gilt. A few minor marks. Extremities a little rubbed. Gift inscription to Andrew Howden Balfour (a doctor in Portobello & son of the publisher, 1818-1886) from his mother dated 1833 to front flyleaf.


An attractively-bound and unusual printing of the Psalms, with the text set in three columns perpendicular to the usual arrangement. The type is small and the margins large so it does not seem to have been an exercise in saving paper. The same printers - holders of a royal warrant - produced other, more traditional printings of the Psalms in the same year, and we have been able to trace only four locations holding copies that definitely match this one: Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Newberry, and Amsterdam.

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