London: Printed by T[homas] C[otes] for the Company of Stationers, 1635. 16mo. Collation: A-2E8, COMPLETE. 439,  pp. Final two gatherings waterstained, fols. E3 and R5 partially torn away with loss of some shoulder notes. Bound in contemporary British (Scottish?) brown calf, lacking first binder's blank, worn and shaken but unsophisticated. Preserved in a brown cloth case. Very good. Item #2780
Early Scottish bindings are rare, and the paucity of published examples renders the identification of particular workshops extremely difficult, in some instances -- as here -- nearly impossible. In time, as more Scottish examples are discovered and published, the present binding could certainly be linked to others. Whereas the forwarding of the present binding is good, the finishing is decidedly provincial (the design on the front cover is more like an off-axis parallelogram). That all the edges of the textblock are gilt attests to the fact that this was an expensive commission for the binder. We believe that he was Scottish, but cannot confirm this. In bibliography, as in other disciplines, it is dangerous to hazard a guess, but having studied the history of bookbinding for more than 30 years, we feel it appropriate to state that this binding "definitely looks Scottish." We note with great interest the fact that ESTC reports a copy of this edition of the Psalms in the most unlikely place, namely a remote Scottish hamlet called Innerpeffray by Crieff Library (Perth and Kinross); founded in 1680, it was the first lending library in Scotland and is still open to the public (sic!) ¶ ESTC S122838.