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This book published in 1732, is quite worn. The 3 illustrations in the back have started to separate because of having to be folded to fit within the covers.
A Short View Of the Whole Scripture History,
with a Continuation of the Jewish Affairs, from the Old Testament, till the Time of Christ, and an Account of the Chief Prophecies that relate to Him.
I. Watts, D.D.
Printed for Eman. Matthews, at the Bible in Paternoster Row; Richard Ford, at the Angel; and Richard Hett, at the Bible and Crown; both in the Poultry.
Frame 3 above:
The Tabernacle wit the Court and Camp
Frame 4 above:
The Outside of the Tabernacle with it's Coverings
Clothing worn by the Priest
The 3rd drawing is of the inside of the Tabernacle

Isaac Watts
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A portrait of Watts by an unknown artist, from the National Portrait Gallery.
Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", credited with some 750 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.
Born in Southampton, England, in 1674, Watts was brought up in the home of a committed religious Nonconformist — his father, also Isaac Watts, had been incarcerated twice for his controversial views. At King Edward VI School (where one of the houses is now named "Watts" in his honour), Watts learned Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
From an early age, Watts displayed a propensity for rhyme. Once, he had to explain how he came to have his eyes open during prayers:
A little mouse for want of stairs
ran up a rope to say its prayers.
Receiving corporal punishment for this, he cried:
O father, father, pity take
And I will no more verses make.[1]
Watts, unable to go to either Oxford or Cambridge on account of his non-conformity, went to the Dissenting Academy at Stoke Newington in 1690, and much of his life centred around that village, which is now part of Inner London.
His education led him to the pastorate of a large independent chapel in London, where he found himself in the position of helping trainee preachers, despite his poor health. Taking work as a private tutor, Watts lived with the Nonconformist Hartopp family at Fleetwood House, on Church Street in Stoke Newington, and later in the household of their immediate neighbours Sir Thomas Abney and Lady Mary. Isaac Watts held religious opinions that were more non-denominational or ecumenical than was at that time common for a Nonconformist; he had a greater interest in promoting education and scholarship than preaching for any particular ministry.
On the death of Sir Thomas Abney, Watts moved permanently with his widow and her remaining unmarried daughter, Elizabeth, to Abney House in Stoke Newington, a property that Mary had inherited from her brother. He lived there from 1748 to his death. The grounds at Abney Park led down to an island heronry in the Hackney Brook, where he sought inspiration for the many books and hymns he wrote.
Watts died in Stoke Newington in 1748, and was buried in Bunhill Fields, having left an extensive legacy of hymns, treatises, educational works and essays. His work was influential amongst Nonconformist independents and early religious revivalists, such as Philip Doddridge, who dedicated his best known work to Watts. On his death, Isaac Watts' papers were given to Yale University in then-colonial Connecticut.
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  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks BELLIN68 for the comments and appreciation.
  2. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks Kerry for the appreciation.
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks ho2cultcha for the appreciation.
  4. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks mustangtony for the appreciation.
  5. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    (If a true 1732 edition it is a First Edition.) How do you determine a "true 1732 edition" ?
    The book cover is very worn and there is no visible writing on it.
    The only date is on the title page: M.DCC.XXXII
    The inside front cover & facing blank page, have several signatures, maybe previous owners. One I can't read the name, but is dated 1817.
    All pages seem to be intact.
    The Preface is numbered, (iii) through (xii)
    The text is numbered 1 - 347
    The next page (not numbered is: The Reader is desir'd to correct these few Mistakes.
    It then list page numbers & corrections.
    This is followed by The Table Of Contents (4-pages)
    Followed by: Advertisement relating to the Figures (4-pages explaining the 3 drawings of which I have shown 2 above.
    Followed by: Directions to the Book-Binder. Instructing the book-binder where and how to place the 3 drawings (plates or tables).
    Followed by the 3 drawings (plates or tables, as he described them)
    Followed by: Books Publish'd by the same Author
    Thanks for any information you can give and for the appreciation,

  6. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks Kevin,
    The last one you listed,, has the same title page as mine, but it states it is missing the first 2 pages of the preface. States it is rebound, and mine probably is also.
    I will have to find someone to look at it.
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks blunderbuss2 for the appreciation,

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