The Book of Psalmes. * Liber Psalmorum.

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Lot 7

The Book of Psalmes. * Liber Psalmorum.

Together 2 volumes. Hebrew and English, and Hebrew and Latin. Two issues, both prepared by Johannes Leusden. Printer’s device on title pages. First: contemporary calf, rebacked; second: contemporary vellum, worn, modern solander case,16mo Sabin 66451 and 66453

Utrecht: John van de Water; and Balt. Lobee 1688

Est: $1,500 - $2,000
These two Psalters each contain a dedication to one of two American religious pioneers. The first is to “The very Reverend and Pious John Eliot…Venerable Apostle of the Indians in America,” renowned for his Indian Bible - the first Bible printed in America. The second Psalter is dedicated to Dr. Increase Mather, President of Harvard College “unequaled in reputation and power by any native-born American Puritan of his generation.” (DAB)