Title: Small Rain Upon the Tender Herb Deut. xxxii....
Publisher: Religious Tract Society.
Publication Date: 1830
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
1st edition. 128 printed pages. All edges gilt. Contemporary ink gift inscription on front free endpaper. Printed by Charles Whittingham, Chiswick Press. 28 x 32 mm. Contemporary green morocco. Spine with three hand-gilded floral devices within horizontal gilt ruled borders. Covers with single fillet gilt borders (very slight wear and bowing of boards). Provenance: "Martha Downs, the gift of her sister, Jane". The great religious revival which took place during the 19th century, especially in England, went hand in hand with a flood of devotional books, many of them in miniature format. Some of them were intended both for children and an adult readership. Very popular were the publications issued by the Religious Tract Society in London. As most of them were undated, any dates given here are estimates. A tiny volume, enchantingly entitled Small Rain upon the Tender Herb, belongs to the best-loved miniature books and was obviously much treasured by our Victorian ancestors. The first edition appeared in the early 1830's and many subsequent editions were printed at least up to the 39th edition.The earlier editions were finely printed by C. Whittingham at Chiswick.The type used is 5-point. The contents consist of short Bible extracts for every day of the year and even include the 29th of February (Bondy, 127). Spielmann, 466. Welsh, 6417. Seller Inventory # 5224