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"We often fail to grasp the seriousness of the menace to the jewish heritage involved in the modern ideology": First Edition of Mordecai Kaplan's A New Approach to Jewish Life; Inscribed by Him
New York: Hartmore House, 1973.
First edition of the early writings of one of the most influential philosophers in twentieth century American Judaism. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author, “To Mariam Greenberg, the lady with a new heart and a new spirit, Mordecai M. Kaplan.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear.
Autograph quote signed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. The quote reads, “Only at quite rare moments have I felt really glad to be alive. I could not but feel with a sympathy full of regret all the pain that I saw around me, not only that of men but that of the whole creation. From this community of suffering I have never tried to withdraw myself. It seemed to me a matter of course that we should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon the world.” Signed by Schweitzer beneath the quote. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Schweitzer. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 17.5 inches. A unique example, rare and desirable signed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
London: Oxford University Press, 1930.
First edition of English Egyptologist and philologist Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated with twenty-two plates and three hundred illustrations in the text. In near fine condition. A nice example.
Early example of Jonathan Edwards' biography of american missionary David Brainerd; the most reprinted of all of Edwards' works
Edinburgh: Printed by John Gray and Gavin Alston for William Gray, 1765.
Early example of “one of America’s most important and original philosophical theologians,” American revivalist preacher Jonathan Edwards’ biography of Reverend David Brainerd. Title reads in full: An Account of the Life of the Late Reverend Mr. David Brainerd, Missionary to the Indians, from the Honorable Society in Scotland, for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, and Pastor of a Church of Christian Indians in New Jersey. Octavo, contemporary sheepskin, gilt titles to the spine, red morocco spine label. In good condition with rubbing and wear to the extremities, toning to the title page and pastedowns.
Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
First edition of the 50th Anniversary edition of the Stott’s classic work, originally published in 1958. Octavo, original black boards. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For ____ with best wishes from John Stott.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Books signed by John Stott are uncommon.
Philadelphia: Sumptibus Johannis W. Moore, 1849.
First edition of the first Hebrew Bible printed in America with vocalized text. Quarto, original three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt title and tooling to the spine, all edges red. Text in Hebrew with preface in Latin by Issac Leeser, one of the most prominent and influential figures in American-Jewish history. In good condition with light rubbing to the extremities and crown of the spine. A very nice example of this rare and important piece of history.
Bibliotheca Magna Rabbinica de Scriptoribus & Scriptis Herbraicis, Ordine Alphabetico Hebraice, & Latine Digestis.
Rome: Typographia Sacrae Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, 1675-1694.
First edition of this monumental work, the first systematic, all-inclusive bibliography of Jewish literature. Folio, 5 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Title pages printed in red and black, 10 tables printed in red and black in volume 2, music printing in volume 4, 2 engraved portraits, woodcut device on 4 title-pages, woodcut initials, head-and tail-pieces. First editions are scarce.
London: Viking Press, 1991.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, "Dear Derek with all love from John Julius Publication Day, 14.x.91." Fine in a fine dust jacket.
London: Morgan & Scott, 1875-1878.
First editions of these works edited by J. Hudson Taylor regarding information on Chinese life. Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in original pictorial cloth, frontispiece, illustrated throughout, maps, gilt edges. Volume one covers July 1875 to December 1876. Volume two covers January 1878 to December 1878. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
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.
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference": First Edition of Reinhold Niebur's Discerning the Signs of the Times; Inscribed by Him
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1946.
First edition of this collection of writings by Niebuhr. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To ____ _______ with gratitude and high respect for a great teacher Reinhold Niebuhr.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and a small closed tear to the front panel. Books signed and inscribed by Niebuhr are rare.
Philadelphia: Sherman & Co., 1836.
First edition of one of the ‘major builders of American Judaism’, Isaac Leeser’s Discourses on the Jewish Religion. Volume I only of the original ten volumes. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, rubbing and wear to the extremities, early ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. In good condition. A rare and unrestored example of early American Judaica.
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.
Reverend John Wesley's Explanatory Notes upon the New Testament; one of the fundamental texts of early Methodism
London: Printed for the Author, 1788.
Fifth edition of Reverend John Wesley’s Methodist doctrinal standard. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco, black morocco spine label, gilt titles to the spine, engraved frontispiece portrait of Wesley by Ridley from an original drawing by Edridge. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
FIRST EDITION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER'S MAUNDY THURSDAY SERMON BOUND TOGETHER WITH A RARE 1864 MANUSCRIPT CONTAINING A LITERAL TRANSLATION
Wittenberg: Jobst Gutknecht, 1523.
First edition of Dr. Martin Luther’s Maundy Thursday Sermon with explicit instruction on the correct preparation for receiving the holy sacraments. Quarto, 24 leaves of German text disbound from the original Gutknecht edition and tipped in to accompany a rare 16-page handwritten manuscript containing a literal translation in English from 1864. Bound in full brown morocco, elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels, tooling to the spine, yellow silk endpapers, gilt turn-ins, inner dentelles, all edges gilt.
"A great man is fallen": Sammelband collection of sermons and orations upon the ocassion of the death of General George Washington; with his last will and testament
Boston: John Kneeland, 1746-1804.
Sammelband collection of thirteen sermons, orations and memorials addressed by some of the leading historical and clerical figures in mid-eighteenth century Boston, with particular focus on sermons preached on the occasion of the death of the first president of the United States, George Washington with his Last Testament and Will included. Contents include both printed text and hand-written script, including: The Last Will & Testament of General George Washington(1800), Extract of a Sermon Preach’d at the South Church in Boston by the Reverend Mr. Thomas Prince(1746), A Sermon Occasioned by the Death of George Washington by Samuel West, Pastor of the Church of in Hollis Street, Boston(1796), A Defence of the Legislature of Massachusetts or the Rights of New England Vindicated(1804), and An Oration of the Sublime Virtues of General George Washington(1800). Octavo, bound in full period calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine label. Period bookplate from the library of William Peters Reeves, Westboro, Mass., Sept. 1908. In very good condition. An exceptional collection.
“IT IS THROUGH WEAKNESS AND VULNERABILITY THAT MOST OF US LEARN EMPATHY AND COMPASSION AND DISCOVER OUR SOUL”: FIRST EDITION OF GOD HAS A DREAM; SIGNED BY DESMOND TUTU
New York: Doubleday, 2004.
First edition of this powerful work by Archbishop Tutu. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “God Bless You Desmond Tutu June 2004” on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Kathleen DiGrado.
"How does one find the way to an awareness of God through beholding the world here and now?" First edition of Abraham J. Heschel's God in Search of Man
New York: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1955.
First edition of 20th century Jewish theologian Abraham J. Heschel’s third book on the philosophy of Judaism. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a fine dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities and a chip to the crown of the spine, bookplate. A bright example.