Title: Collection of Hymns for the use of the ...
Publisher: Cordeux, Thomas. Printed at the Conference Office, 14 City Road [London].
Publication Date: 1815
Condition: Very Good
536 printed pages (some age-toning; page 271 torn, minimal loss; inner hinges split but still firm). All edges gilt. 45 x 70mm. Contemporary black morocco in a wallet style binding. Spine with gilt block lettering "WESLEY", and three hand-tooled binder's decorative flourishes within scrolling ribbon horizontal rules (slightly rubbed). Front an back covers with hand-tooled scrolling decoration around a series of gilt circles and all within single fillet gilt borders. Contains over 500 hymns written mostly by John's brother Charles. An interesting variant of an edition of this much reprinted title, first published in 1780 & extolled by B.L. Manning as comparable with the Book of Psalms, the Book of Common Prayer and the Canon of the Mass. Wesley began work on it in September 1773, when he was confined to the New Room, Bristol by a heavy cold, and took it up again at Tullamore during his Irish tour in 1778. His Preface explains that it was published because of the number of earlier books in use; the most important of these, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1753) being too small (only 84 hymns). Spielmann, 511. Welsh, 4932 (variant from Spielmann and Welsh editions of 602 pages). WorldCat locates only 4 copies (British Library, Oxford Brookes, National Library of Scotland and Ohio Wesleyan University). OCLC, 314889792. Seller Inventory # 5402