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HOBBS, HENRY, SAMUEL BEEDE & WILLIAM BURR, editors. Hymns for Christian Melody. Selected from Various Authors. Be filled with the Spirit--teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs--singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord--Apostle Paul. Boston: Published by the Trustees of the Free-will Baptist Connection. 1841. $90.00
David Marks was appointed agent of the Book Concern by the General Conference of October, 1831, establishing the Book Concern at the same time. Hymns for Christian Melody was David Marks most important work in his first year as books agent. "About this time, I received the first copies of 'Christian Melody,' our new hymn book. It contains one thousand hymns and several anthems. Its appearance was very satisfactory, and I felt abundantly rewarded for all my anxious labors and embarrassments in securing its publication."--David Mark, Marilla Marks: Memoirs of the Life of David Marks, pp.297-298. "It gathered its 1000 hymns from practically all available sources, and is distinguished by its large use of the 'Methodist Selection'..."--Louis Benson: The English Hymn: Its Development and Use in Worship, p.367. "Hymns for Christian Melody met with ready acceptance among Free Will Baptist. David Marks, the Book Agent for the Connection who had seen to the printing, observed that 'it as received by the subscribers and the public with gladness, and almost with enthusiasm'; the first printing was exhausted in about six weeks. In 1832, the Publishing Committee of the Connection reported to the General Conference of Free Will Baptists that 7,000 copies of the 'Hymn Book' had bee published, and that 'the last [most recent] edition of the hymnbook, being but just printed, is now in the hands of the book-binder. Reports to the General Conference in subsequent years show that the book remained in print at least through 1856, during which time 43,464 copies were issued."--David W. Music & Paul Akers Richardson: "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story:" A History of Baptist Hymnody in North America, p230.
Bound dark calf with gilt double fillet lines dividing spine into 4 panels, "Christian Melody" in gilt on spine, rubbed & scuffed some, light to medium foxing--heavier on the endpapers, some dog-ears. -388. (1) title, (1) copyright, (2) preface, hymns with no pagination, then: -556 The Arrangement, -578, table of first lines, -601 index of subjects, -668 index of scriptures.
Previous owner's signature on front flyleaf, "Maxson Bodhoes'[?] Book 1847." 20th century owner's printed address tag on bottom of rear free endpaper.
Title: Hymns for Christian Melody. Selected from Various Authors.
Illustrator: Boston, Mass.
Publisher: Freewill Baptist Hymnal, Boston, 1841. Black Leather: 1841
Binding: Leather, black
Book Condition: Good+
Inscription: "Maxson Bodhoes'[?] Book 1847."
Weight: 2.00 Item
Book Number: 17752