London: Printed by Richard Hett, For the Company of Stationers, 1778. Octavo, measuring 8 x 5 inches: 236, . Contemporary red morocco, boards elaborately bordered in gilt, raised bands, spine compartments ruled and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Inscribed on blank flyleaf: “Sophia Poulett / Hinton St. George.” Loss to lower corner of leaf D3, binding lightly marked and sunned.
Very handsome eighteenth-century Tate and Brady Psalter. First published in 1696, this metrical translation served as the standard English text of the psalms until the Victorian era: “In tender Grass he makes me feed; / and gently there repose; / Then leads me to cool Shades, and where / refreshing Water flows.” Appointed poet laureate by William III, translator Nahum Tate is best remembered for his 1681 stage adaptation of King Lear, in which Cordelia marries Edgar, and Lear survives. His fellow translator Nicholas Brady was personal chaplain to William and Mary. This psalter bears the ownership inscription of Sophia Poulett, wife of John Poulett, 4th Earl of Poulett. ESTC T206585. A near-fine copy, in handsome contemporary morocco.