The Psalms of David

The Psalms of David


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The Psalms of David by James S. Freemantle

The Psalms of David

James S. Freemantle
Foreword by Stephen Freemantle

Back in print, The Psalms of David is a unique, beautifully illustrated edition of the revered religious work, also known as the Book of Psalms.

The lifework of a little known genius, this facsimile edition of a magnificent hand-painted illumination of the Psalms of David is a stunning tribute to love and spiritual devotion.

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 thirty 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, huge yellow laburnums, brilliant poinsettias, and highly scented mimosa. The pages are alive with kingfishers and larks, drummers and hoppie butterflies, storks and pheasants. There are pictures of the lake near Freemantle's home, the nearby Brahmin temple, and the view from the train as he went up to school in the hills. Scenes from his travels in the army, Middle Eastern harbors and villages, and copies of illustrations from Victorian travel books reveal his draftsman's training in the accuracy of every detail.

A labor of love, a work of art, a volume to treasure, this illuminated edition of the King James version of the Psalms of David is the perfect gift for all seasons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688013127
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/20/2001
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 261,433
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James S. Freemantle died in 1934, the year he finished The Psalms of David. It was many years later that his son, Stephen, decided to have it published.

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Psalms of David 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JB36 More than 1 year ago
Love the story of James S Freemantle. He worked so long and hard to make this book the beautiful rendering we now get to enjoy!
momofa3yrold More than 1 year ago
This is the most fantastic version of the Psalms of David. I have this book and read it frequently and often just look through the pages at the beautiful artwork. I have also given this book as a gift several times and the recipient always loves it as well. Not only is this my favorite book of the Bible but it is amazing that he loved his wife so much that he devoted his life to hand painting the Psalms of David for her. You will not be dissappointed with this purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most beautiful book I have read; so wonderfully illustrated and written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful and can bring the book of Psalms alive with color and depth. I bought this book a year ago and I have read it almost every morning since. I love to read through some every day and then when I reach the end start over again. The work and the detail in this wonderful piece of art is just captivating and I recommend it to everyone who loves to spend their first waking hours with our wonderful Lord.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book needs to be owned and treasured. Not only is the calligraphy beautiful, but it slows the reader down to more prayerfully absorb each psalm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a graphic designer, artist, calligrapher, and writer, this is one of the most outstanding bodies of work I have ever seen. Great appreciation to Mr. Freemantle for this labor of love. I've never known another author or artist to take the Psalms and turn them into such a timeless work of art. For any one who has ever loved the Psalms, you'll cherish them even more in the beauty of this work.