London: Printed by W. Burton, for the Company of Stationers, 1740. [Psalm Book] BURNED BOOK. Octavo in half-sheets (16 x 10cm), pp.138 . Contemporary brown full speckled calf, with raised bands and gilt decoration to spine. A black ink ownership to title page, dated 1758. Ink numbers also written in next to every page number. Moderate wear and bumping to binding, and also burned across the whole top half of the spine and part of the upper board, somewhat into the text-block. Small parts of the text up to about p.50 affected. Upper joint starting, but remarkably still quite sturdy. Fair. A beguiling but hard-to-substantiate story accompanies this book, written in a late nineteenth or early twentieth-century hand in black ink to a loose scrap of paper: "This Psalm Book is said to have been in the Episcopal Church at Stonehaven when it was taken possession of and set on fire by the Duke of Cumberland in 1745. The mark of burning on the Book is said to have been caused on that occasion." Item #59678
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