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Photograph inscribed by Albert Schweitzer in German, text slightly faded. Framed and matted, which measures 4 inches by 6 inches.
“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace": First Edition of The Dalai Lama's An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life; Signed by Him
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 2001.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Nicholas Vreeland. Afterword by Khyongla Rato and Richard Gere.
Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
First edition of the 50th Anniversary Edition of the author’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.
Biblia Hebraica, Secundum Ultimam Editionem Jos. Athiae, a Johanne Leusden, Denuo Recognitum, Recensita Variisque Notis Latinis Illustrata, ab Everardo Van Der Hooght. Editio Prima Americana, Sine Punctis Masorethicis.
Philadelphia: Printed by William Fry for Thomas Dobson, 1814.
Rare first edition of the first Hebrew Bible published in America. Octavo, 2 volumes, full red straight grain morocco, elaborately tooling to the spine and front panels, raised bands, hand painted page edges. Text without vowel-points or accents, based on the 1661 critical edition edited by Calvinist theologian Johannes Leusden. Contemporary inscription on each front free endpaper, “Presented to John Van Cleve by Dr. A. Dunlap of Rushville, Ill. Dec. 12, 1839.” The recipient, John Van Cleve was a preacher in the Southern Illinois Methodist Episcopal Church and a proponent of the post-Revolutionary War religious revival. Bookplates to the front panel of each volume. Light browning and wear to a few pages. An exceptional 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.
"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.
“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.
New York: Twelve/ Hatchette Book Group, 2007.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Vellum illuminated leaf. Artist’s signature and dated on inside of the rubricated opening letter “O. Frances Rhinelander.” Complete piece measures 14 inches by 16 inches, with the image 11 inches by 12 inches, corner to corner. In near fine condition. Text and decoration: “Our Father Who Art In Heaven…” fourteen lines in gothic script preceded by a three line heading in gold, with an illuminated initial “O.” Scribe and Artist: Sister Olive Francis Rhinelander (d. 1943). Initial O, decorated with a gilt, presents a Crowned Lord seated amid golden candles and stars, cloaked in red, holding an open book, above and before bands of color. Border has a standing Jesus and 7 angels, each bearing a different iconic image. The Morgan Library has examples of the artist’s work and, according to Heidi Ardizzone. Librarian Belle Da Costa Greene “was probably closest to Olive Frances Rhinelander, who practiced the art of illuminating manuscripts using natural inks and colors” (An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene’s Journey from Prejudice to Privilege).
Is Christianity Good For the World?: A Debate; Signed by Both Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson
Moscow, Idaho: Cannon Press, 2008.
First edition, second printing. Octavo, original glossy boards. Signed by both Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson on the title page. In fine condition.
La vie miraculeuse de la seraphique et devote Sainte Catherine de Siene: Avec ses divines meditations sur la Passion de Nostre Seigneur, pour chacun jour de la sepmaine.
Paris: Chez Nicolas Gasse au mont Sainct Hillaire pres la court d'Albret, c.1609.
Title-page with elaborate engraved historiated border, at the center of which the printed title of the present work has been pasted over an earlier engraved title, as issued. Small woodcut of Catherine on the title page of the third section, p.459. 12mo, contemporary vellum, ink titles to the spine. In very good condition with browning and usual wear, bookplate. This work went through a number of contemporary editions or printings, but all are scarce.
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.
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.
"REDESIGNING THE SHAPE OF HISTORYAUGUSTINE WOULD DOMINATE WESTERN THOUGHT FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM": RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF AUGUSTINES CITIE OF GOD
London: George Eld, 1610.
First English edition of the author’s monumental work. Translated by John Healey. Folio, contemporary full brown calf. Front and rear panels double-ruled in gilt, gilt floral cornerpieces, spine double-ruled in gilt. Large woodcut printer’s device on title (McKerrow 375). Decorative woodcut head-pieces and decorative and woodcut initials, including three twelve-line initials. Binding shows some rubbing with some contemporary marginalia. Overall a very good copy of this scarce and important work, rare in contemporary calf.