Armorial Binding from the library of Ruth Corker with manuscript entries regarding the History of family-relations and marriage of Ruth Corker (born Falkiner) of St.Stephen’s Green in Dublin during the years 1693 – 1760. The armorial binding is containing the rare fifth edition of the important Prayer – Guide by english Theologian, Hymn-writer and Logician, Isaac Watts: “A Guide to Prayer : Or A Free and Rational Account of the Gift, Grace and Spirit of Prayer; With plain Directions how every Christian may attain them”.
The Fifth Edition. London, Printed for Emanuel Matthews, 1730. Small Octavo. , 156,  pages. Hardcover / Original, early 18th century full-leather with armorial embossing to both boards. New spine-label. Ruth Corker’s Library-stamp verso the titlepage. This used to be Ruth Corker’s mother’s book prior to her own and the name Mary Falkiner is written in ink on top of the Preface-page. Manuscript entry “Ruth Corker Her Book 1731” on halftitle with several entries informing on marriages and relationships within the Falkiner and Corker and Robinson – family added obviousy by a later relative (Ruth Robinson, who was married to Robert Robinson). Excellent condition with only minor signs of wear.
Armorial Bindings held in University of Toronto Libraries: Corker, Ruth (1693 -1760)
Mrs Ruth Corker of 41 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, was born Ruth Falkiner, the only daughter of Richard Falkiner and Mary Mason of Dublin. She married Thomas Corker (1700-1772), merchant of Dublin. She died in 1760. Her name appears as one of the subscribers to Oldmixon’s The history of England, during the reigns of King William and Queen Mary (London, 1735).
Stamp Information of the Armorial Binding of Ruth Corker: Monogram: R R C
Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English Congregational minister, hymn writer, theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. His works include “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, “Joy to the World”, and “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past”. He is recognized as the “Godfather of English Hymnody”; many of his hymns remain in use today and have been translated into numerous languages. (Wikipedia)