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Finely Bound example of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre; with a fore-edge painting of the author at Haworth Parsonage
Llandudno: A. H. Bunney, nd.
Finely bound example of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece. Octavo, bound in full navy morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling to the panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. With a fore-edge painting of Jane Eyre and Haworth Parsonage. In fine condition.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 119041
Paris: c. 1697.
Rare late 17th century Book of Prayer. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over speckled red boards with a hand painted coat of arms to the front panel, all edges red, illustrated with two engravings, text in French manuscript. Dedicated on the title page to Madame de Maintenon. In very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 116083
Rare 18th Century Heart-Shaped Christian Broadside; containing liturgical prayers, hymns, and creeds in latin
Germany: c. 1780.
Rare late 18th century liturgical broadside. Printed broadside mounted on a decorated heart-shaped hardwood frame with a hand-painted botanical border containing Protestant liturgical chants, daily prayers, and hymns. Text in Latin. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 96227
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face": Rare Eleanor Roosevelt Signed Photograph
Original black and white photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt, signed by her. With the gilt Pach Bros NY photographer’s insignia. One of the oldest photographic firms in business in New York City, the Pach Brothers photography studio’s patrons included famous and ordinary Americans involved in business, politics, government, medicine, law, education, and the arts, as well as thousands of students, families and children who sat for Pach cameras from 1866 onward. In fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 4.75 inches.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 104904
"To surrender dreams — this may be madness": Jarvis' English translation of Cervantes' masterpiece Don Quixote; with a fore-edge of Don Quixote charging with his steed Rocinante
The Adventures of Don Quixote De La Mancha; Translated From the Spanish of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. [Fore-edge Painting].
London: Ward, Lock & Co, [c. 1880].
Finely bound example of Jarvis’ translation of Cervantes’ masterpiece. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, double gilt ruling to he front and rear panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated by Tony Johannot, tissue-guarded frontispiece in color. With a fore-edge painting of Don Quixote charging on his trusty steed Rocinante. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 121450
London: John Camden Hotten, c. 1867.
Finely bound example of Thomas Wright’s illustrated history of the Georges. Octavo, bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges marbled with marbled endpapers, illustrated with nearly four hundred steel and wood engravings including hand-colored frontispiece. In very good condition.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 115309
Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
Early Venetian edition of Bernardo Segni's translation of Aristotle's poems and rhetoric; from the library of Dr. Thomas C. Oden
Venice: per Bartholomeo detto l'Imperador & Francesco suo genero, 1551.
Early Venetian edition of Bernardo Segni’s translation of Aristotle’s poems and rhetoric. Small octavo, bound in full 19th century calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, gilt ruled, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. From the library of one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century, Dr. Thomas C. Oden. Regarded as the founder of the paleo-orthodox movement, Oden taught with a mission “to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity.” In very good condition. A unique association.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 95873
"One of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature"; Rare 17th century example of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
Ex Officina Guilielmi Riverii: Atrebati [Arras, France], 1610.
Rare 17th century example of Thomas Aquinas’ “most perfect work, the fruit of his mature years, in which the thought of his whole life is condensed.” Folio, bound in full period calf with elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels, red morocc spine label lettered in gilt, raised bands to the spine, woodcut printers device to the title page, woodcut initials, title vignettes, head and tail pieces. Printed in double columns with marginal notes and double lines. Contains the three parts of the Summa theologica, followed by the Supplement as well as the indexes. In very good condition. A desirable example of this important and influential work.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 90392
"PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED THE COURSE OF HISTORY": Thomas Norton's English translation of one of the most influential works of Protestant theology: John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion
The Institution Of Christian Religion, Written In Latin By M. John Calvine, Translated Into English According To The Authors Last Edition; With Sundry Tables To Finde The Principall Matters Intreated Of In This Booke.
London: John Norton, 1611.
1611 edition of Calvin’s seminal work on systematic theology, regarded as one of the most influential works of Protestant theology. Quarto, bound in full contemporary leather with six raised bands to the spine, elaborate architectural borders to the title page, woodcut headpieces and tailpieces. In very good condition with reinforcement to the hinges. Rare.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 105432
Francofurti ad Moenum: Johanne Oleario, 1691.
Rare 17th century example of the Pauline Epistles. Quarto, bound in full period vellum. Engraved headpiece, initials, and tailpiece. From the library of Professor F. A. Schmidt, one of the best known Lutheran scholars in the northwestern United States, with his bookplate to the front pastedown (Curtiss-Wedge, 409). In very good condition with some browning to the text.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 95907
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": 1828 Edition of the Book of Common Prayer
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1828.
Nineteenth century Book of Common Prayer. Octavo, bound in contemporary red morocco, engraved throughout, including portraits, illustrations, page borders, with volvelle on the Circular Table, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In very good condition, rebacked.
Price: $1,000.00 Item Number: 53087
"Who ere while the happy Garden sung, by one man's disobedience lost, now sing": Finely Bound Set of The Poetical Works of Mr. John Milton
London: John Macrone, 1835.
Finely bound set of Milton’s poetical works including his masterpiece Paradise Lost. Octavo, 6 volumes, bound in full brown calf, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, raised bands, red and black morocco spine labels, all edges gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Edited by Sir Edgerton Brydges. Illustratations by J.M.W. Turner. In near fine condition.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 102379
Edmund Lodge's Portraits of Illustrious Personages; elaborately illustrated and bound in full morocco
Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain. Engraved From Authentic Pictures in the Galleries of the Nobility and the Public Collections of the Country. With Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Their Lives and Actions.
London: Printed for Harding and Lepard, 1835.
Finely bound set of Lodge’s Portraits of Illustrious Personages. Folio, six volumes, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, quadruple gilt ruling and fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with 240 tissue-guarded engraved portraits of British royals and various historical figures including Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Thomas More, King Henry the Eighth, Thomas Cranmer, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Walter Scott among others. In very good condition. Bookplates from the Cathedral Library to the pastedowns.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 122063
Finely Bound Extra Illustrated edition of de Bourrienne's Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte; bound by Riviere and Son
London: Richard Bentley, 1836.
Finely bound extra-illustrated edition set of de Bourrienne’s Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte. Octavos, eight volumes, bound in full 19th century crimson morocco by Riviere and Son with gilt titles and tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, central gilt Napoleonic coats of arms and double gilt ruling to the front panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with engravings including frontispieces to each volume. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 109608
First editions of the first anthology of Jewish sermons published in America in the original cloth; compiled by Isaac Leeser and from the library of Moses Montefiore
Philadelphia: C. Sherman and Co, 1836-1841.
First edition of “the first anthology of Jewish sermons in America” which “marked the coming of age of the American synagogue and ministry”(Goldman). Association copy linking the two most prominent and influential figures in Jewish America and England of this era, Issac Leeser and Moses Montefiore. American Jewish lay minister, author, translator, and publisher Issac Leeser revolutionized the format of the early American Jewish sermon by preaching in English, helping to establish regular sermons as a central part of the American rabbi’s work. Aspiring to make his influence international, Leeser corresponded regularly with Jewish leaders in England, most notably philanthropist and activist Sir Moses Montefiore, who played a pivotal role in the development of Proto-Zionism. (Goldman, 687; Rosenbach, 413, 479, 476; Singerman, 0632, 0748). Octavo, four volumes bound in two, original cloth, paper spine labels, from the library of Moses Montefiore with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. In good condition with some dampstaining and moderate toning to Volume I. Bound with Leeser’s The Claims of the Jews to an Equality of Rights, as issued. A rare and desirable piece of American Jewish history.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 82404
"To go into solitude, man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society": First edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature which established the principles of Transcendentalism
Boston: James Monroe and Company, 1836.
Scarce first edition of Emerson’s important anonymously published essay collection which established the principles of Transcendentalism. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt title to the front panel. In very good condition. A previous owner has inscribed Emerson’s name to the title page. Scarce and desirable.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 95308
"Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage": FIRST EDITION in book form OF DICKENS The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club; finely bound by morrell
London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ first novel and one of his greatest works. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Morrell with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon bound in, with 43 engraved plates by Seymour and Browne and the two Buss plates which Dickens requested to be removed in subsequent printings on pages 69 and 74. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. Am exceptional example.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 121551
"Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage": FIRST EDITION in book form OF DICKENS The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
London: Chapman and Hall, 1837.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ first novel and one of his greatest works. Octavo, bound in three full quarter morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with 43 engraved plates by Seymour and Browne. In very good condition.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 121789