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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 of 20th-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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  • 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. 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 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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  • “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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  • First Edition of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything; Signed by Christopher Hitchens

    Hitchens, Christopher.

    God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

    New York: Twelve/ Hatchette Book Group, 2007.

    First edition of this polemic by Hitchens. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anne Twomey. First printings are uncommon signed.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • Handwritten manuscript on works relating to St. Thomas Aquinas

    Thomas Aquinas.

    Handwritten Manuscript on Works Relating to St. Thomas Aquinas.

    1708.

    Octavo, bound in period vellum with title in ink on spine, leather ties. Unpaginated, approximately 200 manuscript pages in Latin. With two hand colored title pages at front. Volume in neat Latin script, apparently concerning the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. The title page is dated 1708.

    Price: $1,800.00

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  • Illuminated Lord's Prayer by O. Frances Rhinelander

    Rhinelander, O. Frances.

    Illuminated Manuscript: The Lord’s Prayer.

    1936.

    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.

    Price: $2,800.00

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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 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.

    Price: $75,000.00

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  • “FREEDOM IS THE OXYGEN OF THE SOUL”: First Edition of Moshe Dayan's Living With the Bible; Inscribed by Him

    Dayan, Moshe.

    Living with the Bible.

    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.

    Price: $400.00

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  • First Walch Editions of Luther’s Collected Works

    Luther, Martin; Edited by Johann G. Walch.

    Martin Luthers Sämtliche Schriften (The Works of Martin Luther)

    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.

    Price: $4,000.00

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  • Manuscript Leaf From the Book of Jermemiah

    Medieval Manuscript Leaf From the Book of Jermemiah.

    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.

    Price: $650.00

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  • “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less": First Edition of Mere Christianity; Signed by C.S. Lewis

    Lewis, C.S.

    Mere Christianity.

    London: Geoffrey Bles, 1952.

    First edition of this classic C.S. Lewis work, which was adapted from a series of BBC radio talks made between 1942 and 1944. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by C.S. Lewis on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $15,000.00

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  • Tutu, Desmond.

    No Future Without Forgiveness.

    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.

    Price: $600.00

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  • “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

    Tutu, Desmond.

    No Future Without Forgiveness.

    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.

    Price: $350.00

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  • First Edition of Frederick Buechner's Now & Then; Signed by Him

    Buechner, Frederick.

    Now & Then.

    San Francisco: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1983.

    First edition of the author’s second memoir. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Frederick Buechner on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Catherine Flanders.

    Price: $225.00

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