Cambridge: John Archdeacon, 1767. Two vols. (6.75 x 4.25"). Contemporary Scottish black morocco, spine in six compartments, red morocco lettering pieces in the second, others with gilt saltire with small flowers, covers framed with distinctive interlocking tool impressed individually. Red and black PRINTED book labels of Elisabeth Hall (dated 1769) pasted onto "Dutch gilt" endpapers. UNSOPHISTICATED and suitable for exhibition and study. Item #3087
This well preserved set of Scottish bindings is further distinguished by FOUR copy-specific letterpress bookplates, printed in red and black (no doubt in Scotland) which reads in full:
"Elisabeth Hall, Her Bible. 20th June. M,DCC,LXIX."
It would appear that the present volumes contain the only known impressions of eighteenth-century Scottish imprint, which merit inclusion in ESTC and elsewhere.
The tools on the front cover of the bindings have not been matched with published examples, but the spine treatment and endpapers are decidedly Scottish.
That the Psalms were printed in Edinburgh (Alexander Kincaid, 1763) leads to the inescapable conclusion that these are Scottish bindings, and that the original owner of them, Elisabeth Hall, was certainly Scottish as well.
John Archdeacon's 1767 Cambridge Bible is not in NLS. Unsurprisingly, NLS has four copies of Alexander Kincaid's 1763 Psalms, two of which are in the Bindings Collection: Bdg.s.807(2) and Bdg.s.100(2).