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"THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK IN ENGLISH RELIGION AND CULTURE AND ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL TEXTS PRINTED IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE": EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND ALMOST COMPLETE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE
The King James “He” Bible. [The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated out of the Originall tongues: & with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by his Majesties Speciall Comandement. Appointed to be read in Churches.
Imprinted at London: Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majeste, 1611.
Exceedingly rare and almost complete first edition, first issue of the King James Bible, often considered "the only literary masterpiece ever to have been produced by a committee" with the scarce original title page of the Old Testament. One of only 198 copies produced according to the Brake-Hellstern 2017 worldwide census of King James "He" Bibles, this is number 119. First issue, containing the erroneous phrase “and he went into the citie” in Ruth 3:15, which was corrected to “…she went…” in all subsequent printings, the three lines repeated in Exodus xiv. 16, and other points detailed in Darlow &…
Price: $250,000.00 Item Number: 142486
First Edition of Gandhi's Young India; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
GANDHI, Mohandas K. [Mahatma].
Young India Second Series 1924-1926.
New York: The Viking Press, 1927.
First edition of the second series of the writings of Gandhi. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Gandhi founded and published the weekly periodical in English, Young India, from 1919 to 1931 to spread the philosophy and principles of the Satyagraha Movement and urge readers to participate in it. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with chips and wear, name to the front pastedown.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 142054
RARE FIRST EDITION OF JONATHAN EDWARDS TWO DISSERTATIONS
Two Dissertations, I. Concerning the End For Which God Created the World. II. The Nature of True Virtue.
Boston: S. Kneeland, 1765.
First edition of this important work by Edwards. Small octavo, bound in half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, morocco spine label. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 142014
Rare First Edition of Jonathan Edwards' The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended
The Great Christian Doctrine of Original Sin Defended.
Boston: S. Kneeland, 1758.
First edition of this important work by the famed theologian. Octavo, bound in contemporary calf. In very good condition, contemporary names to the front free endpaper. First editions are rare.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 141609
Rare set of Ethiopian Coptic Ge’ez Manuscript Prayer Scrolls
Ethiopian Coptic Ge’ez Manuscript Prayer Scrolls.
Ethiopia: c.19th century.
Pair of parchment scrolls written in Ge'ez, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. 2 scrolls, manuscript on parchment in red and black ink. Each scroll measures approximately 70 inches in length. Each scroll includes an Ethiopian cross motif. In very good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 141643
First Edition of Jonathan Edwards' A History of the Work of Redemption
A History of the Work of Redemption.
Rare first edition of this work by the famed philosopher and theologian. Octavo, bound in contemporary calf. In very good condition, contemporary name to the front free endpaper. Rare with only one appearing at auction in the last 100 years.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 141701
First edition of C.S. Lewis's Broadcast Talks; in the rare original dust jacket
Broadcast Talks: Reprinted with Some Alterations from Two Series of Broadcast Talks (Right and Wrong: A Clue to the Meaning of the Universe and What Christians Believe) Given in 1941 and 1942.
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1942.
First edition of the transcripts of Lewis's Right and Wrong: A Clue to the Meaning of the Universe and What Christians Believe; part of his series of BBC radio talks made between 1941 and 1944 during the Second World War. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a good dust jacket, name to the title page.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 141309
First Edition of John C. Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership; Inscribed by Him in the year of Publication
MAXWELL, John C.
5 Levels of Leadership.
New York: Center Street, 2011.
First edition of this inspiration work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the title page, "To Melody J. Maxwell 12.11." Very good in a very good dust jacket, marginalia. Jacket design by Brand Navigation.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 141311
From the collection of Joan Didion: First edition of Michael D'Antonio's Heaven on Earth
D'ANTONIO, Michael. [Joan Didion].
Heaven on Earth: Dispatches From America’s Spiritual Frontier.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1992.
First edition of the journalist's objective exploration of "New Age" spirituality. Octavo, original half cloth. From the library of Joan Didion with the original typed transmittal letter signed by the Senior Editor of Crown Publishers to Joan Didion laid in. The recipient, American journalist and novelist Joan Didion gained a reputation in the 1960s and 70s as a pioneer of the New Journalism style of news writing. Her articles and political writing engaged audiences in the realities of the counterculture of the 1960s, the Hollywood lifestyle, California culture, and California history. She also gained recognition for her sensational novels, including…
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 141834
"Dedicated to the millions of persons who are a part of the nonviolent revolution": First Edition, First Printing of The SCLC Story; signed by Martin Luther King, Jr. and containing one of the earliest appearances of his I Have a Dream Speech
KING, Jr. Martin Luther. Editor's note by Ed Clayton.
The SCLC Story in Words and Pictures.
Atlanta, Georgia: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1964.
First edition, first printing of The SCLC Story containing one of the first appearances in print of Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream Speech. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers as issued, illustrated with photographs including a full-page photograph of King, photographs of the officers, executive board, regional, and secretarial staffs of the SCLC. Signed by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the front panel, "Best Wishes Martin Luther King." With a letter of provenance that relays that the magazine was signed at an event where King spoke in Atlanta in 1964 and that it may have been first obtained when…
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 141073
First Edition of David Ben-Gurion's The Jews in Their Land
The Jews in Their Land.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1966.
First edition of this finely illustrated work by David Ben-Gurion. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ben Shahn. Translated from the Hebrew by Modechai Nurock and Misha Louvish.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 140779
“HAPPINESS IS NOT SOMETHING READY MADE”: First Edition of The Art of Happiness At Work; Signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA AND HOWARD C. CUTLER,.
The Art of Happiness At Work.
New York: Riverhead Books, 2003.
First edition of this beloved classic. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lisa Amoroso.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 140812
Rare 18th Century Oxford Book of Common Prayer printed by John Baskett
The 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: Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David.
University of Oxford: Printed by John Baskett, 1716.
Rare 18th Century Oxford Book of Common Prayer printed by John Baskett. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco richly decorated in gilt with gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling and scrolling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, extra-illustrated with additional engraved title page, frontispiece, and 50 engraved plates, red ruled borders. In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 140601
Rare first edition of Henry Hesketh's Piety the Best Rule of Orthodoxy
Piety the Best Rule of Orthodoxy. Or, an Essay Upon this Proposition: That the Conduciveness of Doctrines to Holiness or Vice, is the best Rule for private Christians to judge the Truth or Falshood of them by.
London: Printed by Walter Kettilby, at the Bishops-Head in S. Paul's Church-yard, 1680.
Rare first edition of Hesketh's classic essay. 12mo, bound in full contemporary mottled calf with gilt tooling to the spine in five compartments within raised bands, gilt turn-ins, all edges marbled. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 140234
Rare early 18th Century Oxford Book of Common Prayer; finely bound in full contemporary calf together with The Whole Book of Psalms
The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England: Together with the Psalter of Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be Sung in Churches. [Together with]: The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English Metre, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and Others.
Oxford: Printed by the University Printer, 1729.
Rare early 18th Century Oxford Book of Common Prayer. Duodecimo, bound in full contemporary polished tree calf with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in five compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt central ornament within gilt ruling and fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panel, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In near fine condition. Together with The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English Metre, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and Others. [London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1729] in an identical binding. In near fine condition. A very nice set.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 140235
Rare 17th century printing of the Ecclesiastical Constitutions and Canons treated upon by the Bishop of London, president of the convocation for the province of Canterbury
Constitutions and Canons Ecclesiastical, Treated Upon by the Bishop of London, President of the Convocation For the Province of Canterbury, and the Rest of the Bishops and Clergie of the said Province: And Agreed upon with the Kings Majesties License in their Synod begun at London, Anno Domini 1603.
London: Printed by the Assigns of John Bill Deceas'd: And by Henry Hills, and Thomas Newcomb, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1683.
Rare 17th century printing of the Ecclesiastical Constitutions of the Province of Canterbury. Quarto, bound in full contemporary mottled calf with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, engraved armorial frontispiece. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 140232
First edition of the Holy Bible printed For The Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge at the Clarendon Press
The Holy Bible, According to the Authorized Version; with Notes, Explanatory and Practical; Taken Principally From the Most Eminent Writers of the United Church of England and Ireland.
Oxford: Printed For The Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge at the Clarendon Press by Bensley, Cooke, and Collingwood, Printers to The University, 1817.
First edition of the King James Bible printed For The Society For Promoting Christian Knowledge at the Clarendon Press for the use of families. Quarto, 4 volumes (including a duplicate of vol. I) bound in full contemporary polished calf by W. Hayes of Oxford, gilt titles and ruling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, illustrated with nine engraved maps (including two folding) and 55 plates. In very good condition. Family register to the front free endpaper of volume I. A very attractive presentation.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 140219
First edition of Jean-Louis Bourgeois' Spectacular Vernacular: The Adobe Tradition; signed by him and Carollee Pelos and from the library of Peter Matthiessen
BOURGEOIS, Jean-Louis. Photographs by Carollee Pelos. [Peter Matthiessen].
Spectacular Vernacular: The Adobe Tradition.
New York: Aperture Foundation, Inc, 1980.
First edition of this spectacular celebration of traditional Adobe architecture in the West. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated with photographs by Carollee Pelos. Historical Essay by Basil Davidson. Signed by Jean-Louis Bourgeois and Carollee Pelos on the half-title page. From the library of Peter Matthiessen with his bookplate to the pastedown. American writer Peter Matthiessen remains the only writer to have won the National Book Award in both nonfiction (The Snow Leopard, 1979) and fiction (Shadow Country, 2008). A prominent environmental activist, Matthiessen received the National Book Award for Fiction in 2008 at the age of 81 for Shadow Country.…
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 140210
RARE ELABORATELY ILLUMINATED LEAF FROM A 16TH CENTURY BOOK OF HOURS DEPICTING THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE SHEPHERDS
Illuminated 16th Century French Book of Hours Manuscript Leaf. [The Annunciation of the Shepherds].
Paris: c. 1500.
Rare illuminated leaf from a 16th Century French Book of Hours, likely executed by Gilles and Germain Hardouyn. The detailed hand-painted miniature is elaborately decorated with gold leaf and depicts the Annunciation of the Shepherds on the recto. The verso contains text, illuminated initials and elaborate decorated borders. In near fine condition. The entire piece measures 8.5 inches by 5.25 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 132104
"Undoubtedly the most influential of all English language versions of the Bible": THE GREAT KING JAMES "SHE" BIBLE
[The King James “She” Bible]. The Holy Bible: Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly translated out of the Originall Tongues: and with the former Translations diligently compared and reuised by his Maiesties speciall Comandement. Appointed to be Read in Churches.
London: Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majestie, 1611.
Rare first edition of the King James Bible with the erroneous phrase found in the first issue “and he went into the citie” in Ruth 3:15 corrected to “…she went…” Folio, bound in full early calf with gilt ruling and stamping to the spine, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, lacking the title page to The Old Testament, The New Testament title page with elaborate historiated woodcut border dated 1611 with the words "Appointed to be read in churches" and "Cum priuilegio" at the foot, woodcut initials & headpieces, with the opening calendar printed in red and black,…
Price: $95,000.00 Item Number: 139786
“When you expect the best, you release a magnetic force in your mind which by a law of attraction tends to bring the best to you": First Edition of The Power of Positive Thinking; Signed by Norman Vincent Peale
PEALE, Norman Vincent.
The Power of Positive Thinking.
New York: Prentice-Hall, 1952.
First edition of Norman Vincent Peale's enduring classic. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Norma-Jean Roth with best wishes Norman Vincent Peale." Near fine in a very good dust jacket. First printings are uncommon, especially signed.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 140273
The Memorial edition of the Revised Version of the Holy Bible; in the publisher's deluxe full morocco
The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated Out of the Original Tongues: Being the Version Set Forth A.D. 1611 Compared with the Most Ancient Authorities and Revised.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1881-1885.
The Memorial edition of the Revised Version of the Holy Bible with a presentation slip signed by the President and Secretary of the American Committee of Revision. Royal octavo, three volumes, original publisher's deluxe full pebbled morocco, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt. In very good condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 139542
First Editions of Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam; First Edition Six Volume Set of Great Religions of Modern Man
J. LESLIE DUNSTAN [PROTESTANTISM]; GEORGE BRAND [CATHOLICISM]; ARTHUR HERTZBERG [JUDAISM]; RICHARD A. GARD [BUDDHISM]; LOUIS RENOU [HINDUISM]; JOHN A. WILLIAMS [ISLAM],.
Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam: Six-Volume Set of Great Religions of Modern Man.
New York: George Braziller, 1961.
First editions of this classic collection of works. Octavo, original cloths, 6 volumes, original slipcase. Near fine in near fine dust jackets. Jacket design by Joseph Low.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 140432
First Edition of C.S. Lewis' A Christian Behaviour: A Further Series of Broadcast Talks
A Christian Behaviour: A Further Series of Broadcast Talks.
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1943.
First edition of the second book of Lewis’ BBC radio talks which would later appear in Mere Christianity. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 139713