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  • Rare First Edition of Edwards' A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will

    Edwards, Jonathan.

    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.

    Price: $9,800.00

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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

    Kaplan, Mordecai M.

    A New Approach to Jewish Life.

    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.

    Price: $175.00

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  • Lengthily Inscribed by Mordecai Kaplan

    Kaplan, Mordecai M.

    A New Zionism.

    New York: Herzyl Press, 1959.

    Second enlarged edition. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily Inscribed by Mordecai Kaplan to a noted Zionist on the half-title page. In near fine condition.

    Price: $95.00

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  • First Edition of the 50th Anniversary Edition of John Stott's Basic Christianity; Inscribed by Him

    Stott, John R.W.

    Basic Christianity.

    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.

    Price: $650.00

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  • "IF I DIMINISH YOU, I DIMINISH MYSELF:" First Edition of Believe; Signed by DESMOND TUTU SIGNED FIRST EDITION

    Tutu, Desmond.

    Believe: The Words and Inspiration of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

    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.

    Price: $225.00

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  • First Edition of Beyond Belief; Inscribed by Elaine Pagels

    Pagels, Elaine.

    Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas.

    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.

    Price: $95.00

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  • FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST HEBREW BIBLE PUBLISHED IN AMERICA WITH VOCALIZED TEXT

    Van der Hooght, Everardi; Introduction by Isaac Leeser.

    Biblia Hebraica.

    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.

    Price: $6,000.00

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  • Rare First Edition of Bartolocci and Imbonati's Bibliotheca magna rabbinica

    Bartolocci, Giulio and Carlo Giuseppe Imbonati.

    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.

    Price: $15,000.00

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  • Finely Bound Example of The Book of Common Prayer

    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.

    Price: $1,800.00

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  • First Edition of Byzantium; Inscribed by John Julius Norwich on date of Publication

    Norwich, John Julius.

    Byzantium: The Apogee.

    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.

    Price: $400.00

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  • Rare First Editions of J. Hudson Taylor China's Millions

    Taylor, J. Hudson (Editor).

    China’s Millions.

    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.

     

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • "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

    Niebuhr, Reinhold.

    Discerning the Signs of the Times: Sermons for Today and Tomorrow.

    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.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • 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

    Leeser, Isaac.

    Discourses, Argumentative and Devotional, on the Subject of Jewish Religion.

    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

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  • Reverend John Wesley's Explanatory Notes upon the New Testament; one of the fundamental texts of early Methodism

    Wesley, John.

    Explanatory Notes upon the New Testament.

    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.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • FIRST EDITION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER'S MAUNDY THURSDAY SERMON BOUND TOGETHER WITH A RARE 1864 MANUSCRIPT CONTAINING A LITERAL TRANSLATION

    Luther, Dr. Martin.

    Eyn Sermon Doctoris Martini Luther (Dr. Martin Luther’s Maundy Thursday Sermon).

    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.

     

     

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  • "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

    Washington, George.

    George Washington: Sermons & Orations.

    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.

     

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  • “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

    Tutu, Desmond.

    God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time.

    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.

    Price: $350.00

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  • "The history of the reformation is a book for all Christians, or rather for all mankind": First Editions of D'Aubergine's important history of the great reformation; from the library of Millard Fillmore, the first president who established the White House library, with his ownership signature in each volume

    D'Aubigne, J. H. Merle (Millard Fillmore).

    History of the Great Reformation of the Sixteenth Century in Germany, Switzerland.

    New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1843-1853.

    First edition set of Aubergine’s important history of the protestant reformation from the library of the thirteenth President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, who established the first White House library. Octavo, 5 volumes. Bound in three quarters contemporary black calf over olive green boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised tooled bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portrait of Martin Luther with tissue guard present. In very good condition with Millard Fillmore’s ownership inscription and library catalog notes on the title page of each volume, “Millard Fillmore March 26, 1857 Rebound April 16, 1860” who has also crossed out the “J-5”  bookshelf designation, replacing it with “G-1” in pencil. An exceptional piece of American history from the President who created the White House Library.

     

     

    Price: $7,800.00

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  • Is Christianity Good For the World?: A Debate; Signed by Both Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson

    Hitchens, Christopher and Douglas Wilson .

    Is Christianity Good For the World?: A Debate.

    Moscow, Idaho: Cannon Press, 2008.

    First edition, second printing. Octavo, original glossy boards. Signed by both Christopher Hitchens and inscribed by Douglas Wilson on the title page. In fine condition. Foreword by Jonah Goldberg.

    Price: $400.00

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  • A LANDMARK IN THE HISTORY OF PRINTING, AND ONE OF THE GREATEST ILLUSTRATED BOOKS EVER PUBLISHED: 1493 FIRST EDITION OF THE MONUMENTAL “NUREMBERG CHRONICLE”

    Schedel, Hartmann.

    Liber Chronicarum (Nuremberg Chronicles).

    Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493.

    First and only Latin edition of the most fully realized illustrated book of the fifteenth century and one of the most impressive volumes ever published. Tall folio, bound in full blind-tooled calf, metal clasps, raised bands, copiously illustrated with more than 1,800 woodcuts throughout with the xylographic title and double-page map of Europe present and hundreds of splendid illustrations depicting the beginning of the world as told in the biblical narrative up until the establishment of the major cities and towns of the fifteenth century. Text complete with 20 unnumbered preliminary leaves with leaves 1-299 each numbered and present, 6 unnumbered leaves at rear. Minor wear and contemporary marginal notes and a few small repairs. A near fine example of this monumental achievement in the history of printing which has survived over five centuries.

    Price: $75,000.00

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