Presentation copy of a Baptist Hymnal for President Jimmy Carter in 1977, signed by President Carter on the title page.
Octavo, xi, , 575pp. Black leather, title printed on spine and front cover. All edges gilt, silk bookmark. Stated “thirteenth printing” on copyright page.
Presentation on the half title: “June 26 / To President Jimmy Carter, Thank you for sharing with us your favorite hymn, ‘Blest Be The Tie That Binds’ that will be included in our patriotic service on June 26th. First Baptist Church / Powder Springs, Georgia / Joe Daniell / Minister of Music / Mike Woods, Pastor.” This copy also signed by Jimmy Carter on the title page, with a full signature.
Provenance: The “Plains Helping Plains” benefit auction, item #20, April 12, 2011.
Former President Jimmy Carter began teaching Sunday School in Plains, GA, after returning home from the Navy. His father, Earl Carter, had done the same when Carter was a child. While in Washington, President Carter would teach Sunday School a few times per year at the Washington First Baptist Church, without informing the public. After his time in the White House, he returned to Plains and joined the Maranatha Baptist Church. While there are only 30 active members of his church, his Sunday School teachings draw visitors from around the world.