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Rare First Edition of Edwards' A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will
Boston: S. Kneeland, 1754.
First edition of Edwards’ most important treatise, and is generally considered to be the first great philosophical work to be written and published in America. Octavo, bound in contemporary paneled calf. In very good condition, with the bookplate of the Founding Father William Samuel Johnson of Connecticut. William Samuel Johnson was an early American statesman who was notable for signing the United States Constitution, for representing Connecticut in the United States Senate, and for serving as the third president of King’s College now known as Columbia University. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.
"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.
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.
"IF I DIMINISH YOU, I DIMINISH MYSELF:" First Edition of Believe; Signed by DESMOND TUTU SIGNED FIRST EDITION
Colorado: Blue Mountain, 2007.
First edition. Small octavo, original half cloth, illustrated boards. Signed by the author on the title page, “God Bless You Desmond Tutu.” In fine condition.
New York: Random House, 2003.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Elaine Pagels on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket.
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.
Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England.
Cambridge: John Baskerville, 1762.
Finely bound example of The Book of Common Prayer. Quarto, bound in full contemporary gold-tooled calf, gilt decorated with floral and crown tools and foliate roll-tooling, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, gilt decorated, board edges gilt, turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
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.
"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. 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.
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.
“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. Octavo. Signed “God Bless You Desmond Tutu June 2004” on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
A LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF PRINTING, AND ONE OF THE GREATEST ILLUSTRATED BOOKS EVER PUBLISHED: 1493 FIRST EDITION OF THE MONUMENTAL “NUREMBERG CHRONICLE”
Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493.
First edition. Tall folio, bound in full blind-tooled calf, metal clasps, raised bands. With the xylographic title and double-page map of Europe, and hundreds of city and town views and portraits. Text complete with leaves 1-299 each numbered and present. Minor wear and contemporary marginal notes and a few small repairs. A near fine example of this monumental achievement in printing.
“FREEDOM IS THE OXYGEN OF THE SOUL”: First Edition of Moshe Dayan's Living With the Bible; Inscribed by Him
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1978.
First edition of Moshe Dayan’s Living With The Bible. Quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by Moshe Dayan on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Halle: Johann Justinus Gebauer, 1740-1753.
First editions of the Walch edition of works of Martin Luther. Thick quartos, 24 volumes. Bound in original full vellum with black and red titles, frontispiece in volume 1and double frontispiece in volume 24 with separate portaits of both Luther and Walch. In very good condition, with a light spot on the bottom spine where a former number was. An attractive set, uncommon.
Manuscript leaf from the book of Jeremiah, approximately 50 lines, in two columns with initial letters and decorative penwork in red and blue. Circa 14th century. The leaf measures 5.25 inches by 3.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14 inches.
London: Rider, 1999.
First British edition. Octavo. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author, “God Bless You Desmond Tutu 4/19/05”. This work chronicles Archbishop Tutu’s courageous chairing of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee.
“DO YOUR LITTLE BIT OF GOOD WHERE YOU ARE; IT'S THOSE LITTLE BITS OF GOOD PUT TOGETHER THAT OVERWHELM THE WORLD”: FIRST EDITION OF DESMOND TUTU’S NO FUTURE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS; SIGNED BY HIM
New York: Doubleday, 1999.
New York: Doubleday, 1999. First American edition of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning work which chronicles his courageous chairing of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Octavo, original half-cloth. Signed by the author, “God Bless You Desmond Tutu Mar 2006 Capetown.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.