The Psalms of David


This Psalms of David has no publisher or date, but as with most of the Copp collection, it would date to the late 18th or early 19th century. Isaac Watts first authored his Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament in 1719, and it saw nearly 100 American printings, speaking to its popularity. Prior to his work as a hymnist, Watts re-worded the text from the biblical book of Psalms to fit the short, common, and long metre, allowing them to be sung in churches.

The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.

The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Cultures & Communities, Copp Collection


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Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006867.54Catalog Number: 6867.54Accession Number: 28810

Object Name: book

Measurements: overall: 3 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 9.2075 cm x 15.5575 cm x 3.4925 cm


Record Id: nmah_1460980

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