Title: A New Version of the Psalms of David. Fitted...
Publisher: Printed by Joseph Bumstead for David West, Boston
Publication Date: 1790
Book Condition: Near Fine
Contemporary calf; 12mo; pp. 358,  (ads). Joints a bit tender; tiny chip at tail of spine. A beautiful, unrestored copy, and with Pierce family inscriptions on the endpapers. A naive painting on the FFEP records this as Benjamin Pierce's Book, 1791, and shows a man up a tree (by way of ladder), either to send apples to another man, seated below, or to read his psalms aloft, in peace -- let the viewer be the judge! There follows his calligraphic presentation in 1799 to James Pierce, who notes its use by "the society in Brattle Square," which we take to mean the (then) Congregational and (later, c. 1805-1876) Unitarian Church on Brattle Street in Boston, Massachusetts. (Their first minister, Benjamin Colman, was connected to a James Pierce, somehow by way of their interest in math.) The church distinguished itself by its somewhat relaxed attitude toward rigid Calvinist practices, and by its array of important ministers: Benjamin Colman (1699-1747); William Cooper (1716-1743); Samuel Cooper (1747-1783); Peter Thacher (1785-1802); Joseph Stevens Buckminster (1805-1812); Edward Everett (1814-1815); John Gorham Palfrey (1813-1831); and Samuel Kirkland Lothrop (1834-1876). The parishioners were no less esteemed: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, John Adams, Abigail Adams, Richard Clarke, Elizabeth Greenleaf, Jane Mecom, John Lowell, Lydia Hancock, Henry Cabot Lodge, James Bowdoin (1676-1747), and many others. Hans Gram played organ in the late 18th century. The Pierce family's early days in America (perhaps coming as early as about 1620) were spent largely in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and their legacy includes Benjamin Pierce (governor of New Hampshire, 1827-1830) as well as ten generations spent in what is now an historic landmark of seventeenth-century architecture, currently serving as a museum in Dorchester, Massachusetts. It is difficult to place exactly which Benjamin Pierce and James Pierce this copy belonged to in the large and lively family. Evans 22351. Bookseller Inventory # JC7016
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