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"I have numerous readers among farmers and workers. They make India. Their poverty is India's curse and crime. Their prosperity alone can make India a country fit to live in:" Second Series of Mohandas K. Gandhi's Young India; signed and dated by him
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. Signed and dated by Gandhi on the front free endpaper, “MK Gandhi 3:4:29.” 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. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and in this condition.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 95311
Rare autograph note collection in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi, written at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. The collection includes two autograph notes, two autograph letters, and three autograph postcards with Gandhi’s “Blessings” inscribed at the conclusion of each. The postcards are postmarked May 27, June 26, and July 25 1926. Gandhi took leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921 and led nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women’s rights, and, above all, achieve Indian independence from British rule. In the wake of World War II, Gandhi opposed providing any help to the British war effort and campaigned against any Indian participation in the war. As the war progressed, Gandhi intensified his demand for independence, calling for the British to Quit India in a 1942 speech in Mumbai, hours after which he was arrested by the British government. Gandhi’s imprisonment lasted two years, although he was initially sentenced to six. He was released in May of 1944 due to failing health. Following the end of WWII, the new British government passed the Indian Independence Act of 1947, partitioning the British Indian Empire was into two dominions, a Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. In very good condition.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 114068
"The rarest of them all": First Edition of the First Catholic Bible to be printed in America and the First Quarto Edition Printed
The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate: Diligently Compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and Other Editions, in Divers Languages; and First Published by The English College at Doway, Anno 1609. Newly Revised, and Corrected, According to the Clementine Edition of the Scriptures. With Annotations for Elucidating the Principal Difficulties of Holy Writ.
Philadelphia: Carey, Stewart, and Co, 1790.
First edition of the first Catholic Bible printed in America, “the rarest of them all” and the first quarto edition Bible printed in America. Quarto, bound in full calf. Two volumes bound in one, title page to volume one, not title page of volume two as issued, two leaves of subscribers’ names. In very good condition with some of the usual toning to the text. An exceptionally rare work, most desirable.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 81020
Exceptionally rare Franco-Flemish miniature illuminated Book of Hours. 16mo, bound in full 18th century red velvet, script on vellum, illuminated with thirteen elaborately historiated initials and four brilliant illuminated initials within lateral floral borders and numerous other small initials. In near find condition. Housed in a custom box. A beautiful example.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 190504
Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 5605, 1845-46.
First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Octavo, 5 volumes. Translated by Isaac Leeser. Bound in contemporary embossed decorative leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, all edges gilt. Given as a wedding gift in London to Emily Sarah [Davis] by her new father-in-law Jacob Franklin, 12 December 1866. The groom was Lewis Abraham Franklin (1820-1879), who had gone to California in the Gold Rush, living in San Francisco from 1849 to 1855 and then in San Diego until 1860 before returning to England. In very good condition, inscribed in English and Hebrew on front flyleaf and half-title by Jacob Franklin. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 113020
Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 5605, 1845-46.
First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Octavo, 5 volumes. Translated by Isaac Leeser. Bound in contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Lightly rubbed, moderate wear. A very nice example of a scarce and important work.
Price: $22,500.00 Item Number: 49020
Philadelphia: Sherman & Co, 1866-68.
First editions of one of the ‘major builders of American Judaism’, Isaac Leeser’s Discourses on the Jewish Religion. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full leather, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In near fine condition. Complete sets are of the utmost rarity.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 107732
Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 5605, 1845-46.
First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Octavo, 5 volumes. Translated by Isaac Leeser. Bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In near fine condition. A nice example, rare in contemporary binding.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 78547
"Mary Baker Eddy was far ahead of her time in the emphasis she placed upon positive thinking, a force which modern psychology was belated in recognizing": Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; inscribed by her to her cousin, the daughter of President Franklin Pierce
Boston: Published by the Author, 1886.
Early printing of the central text of the Christian Science which continues to rank as a best-seller to this day. Octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the second free endpaper in the year of publication, “Mrs. F. McNeil Potter, with love from the Author, 1886.” The recipient, Frances Maria McNeil Potter was the niece of President Franklin Pierce and his sometimes hostess in the White house, assisting First Lady Jane Pierce after the death of the president’s son Benny. In the winter of 1882, Mary Baker Eddy visited Washington, where “Mrs. Potter caller on [her] several times and showed considerable interest in Christian Science. Together they drove to the Botanical Gardens, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Congressional Cemetery where they knelt at the grave of General John McNeil, Mrs. Potter’s father and the cousin of Mrs. Eddy’s grandmother, Maryann McNeil Moore” (Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery). Potter and Eddy’s correspondence continued until Potter’s death and Potter remained one of Eddy’s biggest supporters when many distanced themselves from the religious leader and the founding of the Church of Christ, Scientist. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed and inscribed by Mary Baker Eddy are rare.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 90463
"Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed": Signed Photograph of Mahatma Gandhi
Rare signed photograph depicting Mohandas K. Gandhi in profile with his palms pressed together, inscribed in Gujarati (“[Truth at all costs]”) and signed in English M.K. Gandhi on the image in blue ink. With an autographed letter signed from Amrit Kaur, the secretary to Gandhi and later Health Minister of India, to Sgt. John McAleer, written on Gandhi’s behalf, enclosing the signed photograph and responding to his letter (“…Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed…”), 2 pages, Poona, 5 March 1946, with envelope; photograph of Gandhi and another in rickshaws being pulled by a ceremonial guard, stamped and inscribed “Bhullo chien Desia” on the reverse; and a newspaper cutting; altogether five items mounted and framed together. In very good condition with the inscription faded. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. A nice collection with noted provenance.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 100048
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever": Rare Mahatma Gandhi Autograph
Rare Mohandas K. Gandhi autograph, signed at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. Signed by Gandhi, “M.K. Gandhi 28-12-38 Segaon-Wardha.” Eight miles from the city of Wardha, the Indian village of Segoan became the site of Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram, established in 1936 when Gandhi was 67 years old. Gandhi renamed the site Sevagram, meaning “village of service”, and resided there until his death by assassination in 1948. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a large photograph of Gandhi. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 16.5 inches.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 89151
Rare early American land grant signed by the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn as the new province’s first governor. One page, script on vellum, the document is dated January 26, 1684 and grants s tract of land to one of the earliest Quaker colonists to settle in Philadelphia county, Thomas Simmons and reads in part, “Know yee that I have given granted & confirmed & by these present for me my Heirs & Successors, Proprietor of Pennsylvania do give grant & confirm unto ye s’d Thomas Simmons his heirs & assign for ever ye s’d Two Hundred Acres of Land to have & enjoy ye s’d Land to ye only & behoof of ye s’d Thomas Simmons to be holden of me my Heirs and Successors Proprietaries of Pennsylvania… In Witness to hereof I have caused these my Letters to be mad Patents, witness my self at Philadelphia ye Six & Twentieth day of ye First Month One Thousand six Hundred Eighty Four Being ye Sixth Year of ye King’s Reign & ye Fourth of my Government, William Penn.” Signed by William Penn at the conclusion of the document. Retaining the paper seal. In near fine condition. Elaborately double matted and framed with two lithographic portraits of Penn, and a large lithograph of his early residences. The entire piece measures 32.25 inches by 29.25 inches. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 121655
"Without the Way, there is no going, Without the Truth, there is no knowing, Without the Life, there is no living" First illustrated Latin edition of the most influential devotional work of the later Middle Ages: Thomas à Kempis' Imitatio Christi
Strasbourg: Johannes Gerson, 1489.
First illustrated Latin edition of the most influential devotional work of the later Middle Ages. Chancery octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, woodcut engraving of Christ with a suppliant at this feet, decorated illuminated initials. In near fine condition with light toning to the text. An exceptional example of this rarity.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 119380
Boston: Hinkley Co./Merrymount Press, 1905.
Finely bound set of the Bible, limited edition, one of 86 copies, this is number 43, printed on Japan paper. Octavo, 14 volumes. Bound in full blue morocco, elaborate gilt tooling and inlay to the front panel, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Illustrated with photogravure plates after old masters, captioned tissue guards. In fine condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 100390
First edition of The People's Ancient and Just Liberties Asserted: in the Tryal of William Penn, and William Mead; bound in full calf
First edition of the proceedings of the historic trial of William Penn which established beyond question the independence of the jury in the English legal system. Octavo, bound in full modern calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, quadruple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels. In near fine condition. Rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 119238
"Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity": First Edition of The Authors Landmark Work The Seven Storey Mountain; signed by Thomas Merton
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1948.
First edition, first-issue binding in white cloth and in the first-issue dust jacket with the photo on rear panel captioned: “Author is second from the left.” Signed by Thomas Merton on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are rare.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 81934
"Poet, Singer, Great heart, may our god bless your name, and the womb that held you, and the breasts that gave you milk. and may god forgive us all"; First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's Jesus The Son of Man; Warmly Inscribed by him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928.
First edition of Kahlil Gibran’s masterful retelling of the story Jesus of Nazareth. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations by the author. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Roy and D. from Howard and Bill With the blessing upon you four, and with the gratitude of Kahlil Gibran 1928.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable inscribed and in the original dust jacket.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 89433
"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
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 Item Number: 81155
“The destiny a person suffers therefore has a twofold meaning: to be shaped where possible, and to be endured where necessary": First Edition of Viktor E. Frankl's The Doctor and the Soul; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955.
First edition of Frankl’s classic work which explores topics on the meaning of life in general as well as the meaning of specific areas of one’s life, such as work and personal relationships. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Mrs. Norma Phil- Cips Viktor Frankl May 1st 1955 Chicago.” Bookplate of the recipient to the front pastedown, near fine in a good dust jacket. Typography, binding and jacket design by Herbert Bayer. Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119462
“The destiny a person suffers therefore has a twofold meaning: to be shaped where possible, and to be endured where necessary": First Edition of Viktor E. Frankl's The Doctor and the Soul; Signed by Him
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955.
First edition of Frankl’s classic work which explores topics on the meaning of life in general as well as the meaning of specific areas of one’s life, such as work and personal relationships. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Viktor Frankl on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Typography, binding and jacket design by Herbert Bayer. Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 102478
"The Highest of distinctions is service of others": Royal Coronation Edition of The Book of Common Prayer; Used at the Magnificent Coronation of King George IV at Westminster Abbey in 1821
Oxford: Bensley, Cooke, and Collingwood, 1816.
Royal Coronation edition of The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments used at the Coronation of King George IV on July 19th, 1821. Quarto, bound in full dark blue velvet, gilt arms of George IV to both front and rear panels, all edges gilt, housed in a custom locking full morocco clamshell box. From the library of American banker Mortimer L. Schiff, whose renowned collection of fine bindings was sold by Sotheby’s in 1938, with his gilt leather bookplate on the front free endpaper. Laid in is a printed copy of Martin Luther’s Hymn used in the Coronation ceremony. In very good condition in an excellent clamshell box. An exceptional piece of history from one of the most extravagant events of the Regency era.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 79456
The Koran, Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mohammed, Translated into English Immediately from the Original Arabic; with Explanatory Notes, Taken from the Most Approved Commentators.
London: Printed by C. Ackers for J. Wilcox, 1734.
First edition of George Sale’s important translation of the Koran, the first to translate the original text directly from the Arabic into English. Quarto, bound in full morocco by Bayntun with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling and stamping to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition with the text exceptionally clean. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 119670
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”: Original photograph of Mother Teresa meeting German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; Signed by both
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Signed by Mother Teresa, “God bless you M. Teresa mc” and signed by Helmut Kohl. Mother Teresa and Chancellor Kohl met on July 13, 1986 at Mother Teresa’s home in Oggersheim. Kohl gained a reputation for his strong commitment to European integration and French–German cooperation. He was also a dedicated ally of the United States and supported Reagan’s policies in order to weaken the Soviet Union. He has been described as “the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century” by both U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 13.75 inches.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 96017
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949.
First edition of Merton’s companion volume to his famed The Seven Storey Mountain. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated, frontispiece. Signed by Thomas Merton on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 110762
London: Imprinted by Thomas Dawson for John Harison and George Byshop, 1577.
First edition in English of John Calvin’s commentaries on the Pauline Epistles. Octavo, bound in full speckled calf with raised bands to the spine, all edges red, rebacked. Title within architectual woodcut border, woodcut initials. In very good condition. First editions are rare.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 96188
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
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 Item Number: 82404
Color photograph portrait of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer boldly signed, “God bless you, M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches. An iconic photograph of Mother Teresa, rare and desirable and signed.
Price: $5,600.00 Item Number: 98753
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”: Photographic Portrait of Mother Teresa; Signed by her
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa sharing a chicken with a fellow nun, signed by her, “God bless you M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.75 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $5,600.00 Item Number: 95834
"A great man is fallen": Sammelband collection of sermons and orations upon the occassion of the death of General George Washington; with his last will and testament
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.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 81241
"I fear neither you nor all the sachems": Scarce printing of John Elliot, The Apostle to the American Indians
Philadelphia: Published by the Sunday and Adult School Union, nd.
Scarce printing of the biography of John Eliot. Octavo, one of 50 brief dialogues, biographies, and tracts bound as one in full contemporary tree calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, illustrated with woodcut engravings including an illustration of Eliot. In near fine condition. Scarce with only 2 copies traced in OCLC.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 119423
Rare collection of six illuminated leaves from three late 15th century Books of Hours. Six vellum leaves decorated with illuminated initials and borders. Each leaf is framed allowing visibility of both sides of each page. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 110201
"My dear Brother be useful be earnest be fruitful and the blessing of God will rest on you"; Lengthily Inscribed by D.L. Moody
New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1870.
Rare early edition of this work by Newton. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Moody on the front free endpaper, “To John Syme D.L. Moody My dear Brother be useful be earnest be fruitful and the blessing of God will rest on you.” In good condition. Signatures of the legendary evangelist are rare, especially with such a lengthy inscription.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 110127
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 Item Number: 3828
Fine 19th century Quran. Small octavo, bound in full goatskin elaborately decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, double-page illuminated manuscript, decorative gilt borders to each page. In near fine condition. A beautiful example.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 114037
First Edition of Isaac M. Wise's The Combat of the People; Published by the oldest Jewish Printing House in America
Cincinnati: Bloch & Co, 1859.
First edition of American Reform Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise’s historical account of the era of Herod I. Octavo, contemporary cloth over boards, lacking the front free endpaper, library bookplate to the front pastedown, later collector’s stamps to the title page, with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. In good condition. Rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 82600
Paris: A. Michel, 1955.
First edition of this work on the Nobel laureate. Quarto, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Schweitzer on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Jean Marie Dubernard upon leaving Lambaréné with my good thoughts, Albert Schweitzer Lambaréné, 18 March 1957.” Photographs by Erica Anderson. Text by Eugene Exman. Preface by Daniel Halevy. In near fine condition. Books signed by Schweitzer are rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 120738
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa, boldly signed by her, “God bless you M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 10 inches.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 117469
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.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 79343
Rare first edition of La Sagrada Biblia Nuevamente Traducida Al Español; the first Catholic Bible printed in Latin America
La Sagrada Biblia Nuevamente Traducida Al Español, é Ilustrada Con Notas Por Don Felix Torres Amat. [The Catholic Amat Bible].
Méjico: Librería de Galvan, Portal de Agustinos, 1835-1836.
Rare first edition of the first Catholic Bible printed in Latin America. Small octavo, 17 volumes bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling to the spine and panels, black spine labels lettered in gilt, all edges marbled. In very good condition. Scarce.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 116037
Rare devotional prayer card signed by Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa. Inscribed by Mother Teresa, “God Bless you M Teresa mc.” Double matted and framed. The prayer card measures 6 inches by 4 inches. The entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 10.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Mother Teresa.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 95833
"PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED THE COURSE OF HISTORY": Thomas Norton's English translation of one of the most influential works of Protestant theology: John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion
The Institution Of Christian Religion, Written In Latin By M. John Calvine, Translated Into English According To The Authors Last Edition; With Sundry Tables To Finde The Principall Matters Intreated Of In This Booke.
London: John Norton, 1611.
1611 edition of Calvin’s seminal work on systematic theology, regarded as one of the most influential works of Protestant theology. Quarto, bound in full contemporary leather with six raised bands to the spine, elaborate architectural borders to the title page, woodcut headpieces and tailpieces. In very good condition with reinforcement to the hinges. Rare.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 105432
"Virtue which is not supported with gravity gains no repute among men": Rare Early edition of The Morals of Confucius; A Cornerstone of Chinese Philosophy
London: T. Horne, 1706.
Rare second edition in English of The Morals of Confucius. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep contemporary sheep. In very good condition, toning to the extremities.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 107212
New York: Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy, 1958.
First edition of this work which stands alongside The Seven Storey Mountain as one of Merton’s most popular works. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Thomas Merton on the title page. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Jacket, typography and binding by Enrico Arno.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 114467
The Christian Pattern, or the Imitation of Jesus Christ, being an abridgement of the works of Thomas a Kempis. By a Female Hand.
Germantown: reprinted by Christopher Sowr, 1749.
First American edition of The Imitation of Christ and the first printing of any work by a Kempis in America and one of the earliest works of Catholic Americana. In very good condition with some browning to the text and rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 112577
"A SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN SECOND ONLY TO THE BIBLE": 1706 EDITION OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER with the arms of Westminster Abbey decorating the front and rear panels
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church According to the Church of England; Together with the Psalter of Psalms of David, Pointed as the are to be Sung or Said in Churches: and the Form or Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.
London: Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1706.
1706 Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments. Folio, bound in full contemporary morocco decorated with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling and decorations to the panels with central motif displaying the arms of Westminster Abbey with the Tudor arms between Tudor Roses above the attributed arms of Edward the Confessor, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, pictorial engraved title page. In near fine condition, rebacked. A superior and highly desirable example.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 114688
“Perhaps the most significant thinking since Freud and Adler" (The American Journal of Psychiatry) First Edition of Viktor Frankl's The Will to Meaning; Signed by Him
New York and Cleveland : World Publishing Company, 1969.
First edition of “one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years” (Carl Rogers). Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Viktor Frankl on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning to the spine. Jacket design by Robert Webster. Jacket photograph by Moscati.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 111511
“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
New York: Prentice-Hall, 1952.
First edition of Norman Vincent Peale’s enduring classic. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Norman Vincent Peale on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears. First printings are uncommon, especially signed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 44003
First Edition of Joseph Campbell's The Flight of the Wild Gander; Inscribed to fellow writer Richard Adams
New York: The Viking Press, 1969.
First edition of Campbell’s first collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Richard Adams on the occasion of our first meeting- with all good wishes Joseph Campbell 4/19/78.” Best known as the author of Watership Down, English novelist Richard Adams was heavily influenced by American professor Joseph Campbell’s work in comparative mythology, specifically the concept of the monomyth, or journey of the archetypal hero that can be applied as a common template to a range of mythological narratives. Popularized in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell described the narrative pattern of the hero’s journey as follows: “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” He and other scholars described the narratives of Odysseus, Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Jesus Christ in terms of the monomyth. Adams’ Watership Down exhibits strong parallels to the epic themes of Homer’s Odyssey, following a group of anthropomorphised rabbits who encounter perils and temptations on their journey to establish a new home after their warren is destroyed. Bookplate of Richard Adams, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jules Maidoff.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 94764
"The establishment of peace on earth is a fundamental belief of universal Judaism with its principles of one universal God and one humanity": Rare type-written manuscript signed and hand-corrected by Palestine's first attorney general Norman Bentwich
Rare manuscript written by Mandatory Palestine’s first attorney general, British Zionist Norman Bentwich. 21 pages, type-written with copious corrections and revisions in Bentwich’s hand throughout, signed by Bentwich at the conclusion of the last page. Developed during his term as Chairman of the United Restitution Organization, the manuscript contains content and notes which would later be published as Bentwich’s 1959 book: The Religious Foundations of Internationalism; A Study in International Relations Through the Ages. Also included at the conclusion of the text is a list of suggested reading. In very good condition. A rare and desirable signed manuscript.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 81253
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953.
First edition of the daily journal of American Trappist monk Thomas Merton. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Thomas Merton on the title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $2,600.00 Item Number: 96038
Rare hand-illuminated apostolic benediction signed by Pope Pius XI with a circular portrait of him. The blessing in elaborate script reads, “Most Holy Father, Margaret, Katherine, Regina, John, Leo and Charles Lougrhan, humbly prostrate at the feet of Your Holiness beg one special blessing.” Signed by the pope at the conclusion, “Pope PP. XI.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 19 inches. Uncommon signed by Pope Pius XI.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 88158
Ethiopia: C. 18th Century.
Rare illustrated Ethiopian Coptic Ge’ez Bible. Small octavo, bound in full leather with elaborate tooling stamped in blind to the front and rear panels, braided leather ribbon bound in, parchment manuscript of approximately 120 leaves in black and red ink, with a full-page miniature depicting Madonna and child flanked by two cherubs and double-page spread featuring Saint George slaying the dragon. Housed in the original leather chemise case with leather carrying handle.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 90405
"Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, pray for us now at the hour of our death": First edition and signed limited edition of T. S. Eliot's Ash-Wednesday
New York: The Fountain Press Inc./London Faber & Faber Ltd, 1930.
First edition and signed limited edition of T. S. Eliot’s “conversion poem”. Octavo, original cloth decorated in gilt. One of six hundred numbered copies signed by the author on the colophon, this is number 323. Near fine in the rare original slipcase. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box signed in gilt by Asprey.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 116397
"A Work Calculated to Promote the Protestant Religion By Giving a Pious and Christian Turn to the Mind": The Vicar of Oakley's Improved Edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs embellished with copious illustrations
The New and Complete Book of Martyrs, or, An Universal History of Martyrdom: Being Fox’s Book of Martyrs.
London: Printed for Alex Hogg, 1784.
Folio, bound in full brown calf, gilt title and tooling to the spine, front and rear panel, raised bands. Engraved frontispiece, copiously illustrated with engravings throughout. In very good condition with some spotting.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 54022
London: Printed for J. Harris, late Newbery, c. 1800.
An exceptional example of the Newbery Bible in miniature. Bound in the original full crushed red morocco with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, fleuron cornerpieces within elaborate gilt ruling to the front and rear panels with central green morocco onlays with the holy cypher lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated with numerous full-page engravings. Miniature bookplate to the pastedown. In fine condition. A superior example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 108551
Biblia, Dat is, De gantsche H. Schriftuure vervattende alle de Boeken des Ouden ende Nieuwen Testaments; Nu Van nieuws uyt D.M. Luthers Hoogduitse Bybel in onze Nederlandsche Taale getrouwelyk overgezet, Tot dienst van de Christelyke Gemeynten, d’Onveranderde Augsburgsche Confessie toegedaan in deeze Nederlanden. [Biblia Neerlandica].
Amsterdam: Jacob Lindenberg, 1702.
Rare early 18th century Dutch Luther Bible illustrated with exquisite engravings by renowned Dutch Baroque artist Romeyn de Hooghe. Folio, original full calf with ruling and central motifs to the panels stamped in blind, brass cornerpieces and clasps, illustrated with engravings including frontispiece portrait of Martin Luther, pictorial title page, portrait of Henricus Vos. Amstelodamensis, initials, headpieces and tailpieces. From the library of American interior and architectural designed Edward Francis Searles with his bookplate to the pastedown. Housed in a custom clamshell box. In good condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 116383