Die Kleine geistliche Harfe der Kinder Zions, oder auserlesene geistreiche Gesaenge, allen wahren heilsbegierigen Saeuglingen der Weissheit insonderheit aber allen Christlichen Gemeinden des Herrn zum Dienst und Gebrauch mit Fleiss zusammen getragen, und in gegenwhartiger Form und Ordnung gestellt nebst einem dreyfachen Register

Franconia Mennonite Conference

Published by Michael Billmeyer, Germantaun [Pa.], 1803
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Near fine plain brown leather with five raised bands and two workable clasps still present. Really a beautiful binding. First Mennonite hymnal printed in the United States. Collation -- )( 3 l., A-2F in 8s, 2G 4 l.: 239 leaves = [6], 39, [1], 412, [20] pages. 40 Psalms, taken from Ambrosius Lobwasser's Psalmen Davids (first printed in 1573), occupy the first 40 pages and include 21 melodies in five-line staff notation. A second title-page: Sammlung alter und neuer Geistreichen Gesange [etc.] Nebst einem dreyfachen und darzu nutzlichen Register, is followed by 424 hymns and, in a supplement, hymns 425-475; the first index gives first lines under 43 topics, the second alphabetical by first lines, the third a list of first lines arranged under the Psalm melodies. Harold S. Bender (in Mennonite encyclopedia, v. 2, 1957, p. 195f.) transcribed the title-pages in full and describes the collection as eclectic, tracing only two parting hymns to the Ausbund, and quoting from the Franconia delegates that `"their hymns had been handed in by so many brethren and dared not be omitted" . a very democratic procedure.' Inscription in an early hand on the verso of the frontis illustration (David at his harp). The text is clean and unmarked with the usual browning to the pages. A nice, tight copy of the first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 003399

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Title: Die Kleine geistliche Harfe der Kinder Zions...

Publisher: Michael Billmeyer, Germantaun [Pa.]

Publication Date: 1803

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Edition: 1st Edition

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