A most beautiful book

In my spare time, I also dabble in calligraphy — that’s why I found this reproduction book a most beautiful and fascinating one. It sits on a stand at my stitching corner because I can easily reach it for thumbing through when I am in my comfy chair. It is called “The Psalms of David” by James S. Freemantle, an illuminated rendition of the Book of Psalms:

From the dust jacket — “Born in India, James Freemantle traveled through the Middle East during his years in the British Army. Shortly after his second marriage, he began this hand-lettered, illustrated volume for his beloved bride, Clara. For the next 30 years, he periodically worked to transfer the psalms into a book that would physically match the lyrical beauty of the poetry…

Throughout the book one finds the brilliantly colored blooms of India: the jacaranda, the flame-of-the-forest…

There are pictures of the lake near Freemantles’s home…

Scenes from his travels in the army, Middle Eastern harbors and villages…

James S. Freemantle died in 1934, the year he finished The Psalms of David. It way many years later that his son, Stephen decided to have it publish.” WHAT A FAMILY HEIRLOOM!

Thanks for coming to my “Show-and-tell” today. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

24 thoughts on “A most beautiful book

  1. Oh this is a most beautiful book!! And what an inspiration it must be for your calligraphy! I love hand lettered books. I’m currently perusing The Cantebury Tales, by Chaucer. Although it’s a modern translation, the book includes facsimiles of the original plates with their beautiful calligraphy.

  2. This takes my breath away!!! And I love the pewter stand you have with it…it is just perfect for the perfect book.

    My show n tell is all about Fall. Starting with the fireplace! Stop by if you can find time. Hot mulled Apple Cider is being served!

  3. Hi Wendy,
    I bought that book, too, at the Goodwill up in Washington. It is such a beautiful work of art. I love how you photographed it for this post. Hope you have a great Friday!!

  4. What a beautiful book. I think it would be one that you would never get tired of looking at. I think doing calligraphy would be a lot of fun but unfortunately I do not have the talent to do it. If I tried it it would like like a 4th grader had done it.

  5. I’ve never seen this book before and it is all-together a beautiful work of art! The precious Word of God presented in such a lovingly and meticulously hand done manner! What a treasure to cherish and enjoy!
    Thank you for sharing this!
    Blessings to you!
    Claudia O.

  6. What a beautiful book! I find it hard to believe that you have any time to do calligraphy – you do so much that I’m constantly amazed. The quilting, the smocking, the list just goes on and on! You inspire me. blessings, marlene

  7. What a lovely Show and Tell. I love the idea of doing the Psalms in calligraphy and what a beautiful book.
    Thank you for sharing it.
    Have a Blessed weekend.

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