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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
Rare 18th Century Heart-Shaped Christian Broadside; containing liturgical prayers, hymns, and creeds in latin
Germany: c. 1780.
Rare late 18th century liturgical broadside. Printed broadside mounted on a decorated heart-shaped hardwood frame with a hand-painted botanical border containing Protestant liturgical chants, daily prayers, and hymns. Text in Latin. In very good condition. Scarce and desirable.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 96227
Paris: c. 1697.
Rare late 17th century Book of Prayer. Octavo, bound in one quarter vellum over speckled red boards with a hand painted coat of arms to the front panel, all edges red, illustrated with two engravings, text in French manuscript. Dedicated on the title page to Madame de Maintenon. In very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 116083
"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
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
Ethiopia: C. 18th Century.
Wonderfully illustrated Ethiopian Coptic Ge’ez prayerbook. Small octavo, original wooden boards, parchment manuscript of 176 leaves on vellum, late-18th century. Written in Ethiopic Ge’ez script in two columns, in black ink with some words or letters in red (with 3 pages of text on blank pages at beginning and end in another less formal hand). With 9 full-page hand-painted miniatures in colors on 8 leaves depicting Biblical scenes from the Old and New Testaments. In very good condition.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 108637
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
"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
"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
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
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
"One of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature"; Rare 17th century example of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
Ex Officina Guilielmi Riverii: Atrebati [Arras, France], 1610.
Rare 17th century example of Thomas Aquinas’ “most perfect work, the fruit of his mature years, in which the thought of his whole life is condensed.” Folio, bound in full period calf with elaborate tooling to the front and rear panels, red morocc spine label lettered in gilt, raised bands to the spine, woodcut printers device to the title page, woodcut initials, title vignettes, head and tail pieces. Printed in double columns with marginal notes and double lines. Contains the three parts of the Summa theologica, followed by the Supplement as well as the indexes. In very good condition. A desirable example of this important and influential work.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 90392
"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
Summa Theologica Sancti Thomae Aquinatis, Divinae Voluntatis Interpretis: Sacri Ordinis Praedicatorum.
Parisiis: Sumptibus Maturini Henault, 1638.
Early printing of Aquinas’ seminal work. Folio, bound in full contemporary leather with a red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, woodcut engraving of Aquinas in prayer to the title page. In very good condition with tape repairs to the title page.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 90390
Paris: Lutetiae Parisiorum, 1640.
Folio, contemporary blind-stamped vellum. Greek and Latin text in parallel. Moderate wear to the binding, from the library of the Bishop of Vermont, generally sound otherwise.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 18000
He Palaia Diatheke Kata tous Ebdomekonta. Vetus Testamentum Graecum ex Versione Septuaginta Interpretum.
Cambridge: John Field, 1665.
Rare 17th century Greek Bible containing the Old and New Testaments. 12mo, two volumes bound in full 18th century morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling and miniature fleuron cornerpeices to the front and rear panels, stamped turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, patterned endpapers, woodcut devices to the title pages, text in two columns. In fine condition. Ownership inscription.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 117048
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
Francofurti ad Moenum: Johanne Oleario, 1691.
Rare 17th century example of the Pauline Epistles. Quarto, bound in full period vellum. Engraved headpiece, initials, and tailpiece. From the library of Professor F. A. Schmidt, one of the best known Lutheran scholars in the northwestern United States, with his bookplate to the front pastedown (Curtiss-Wedge, 409). In very good condition with some browning to the text.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 95907
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
"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
"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
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Book of Psalms
London: John Baskett, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, 1715.
Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 114564
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
Rare 18th century printing of the Roman Missal; elaborately bound in full gilt calf with two full page engravings of the Annunciation and Crucifixion and numerous pages of printed sheet music
Missale Romanum, ex Decreto Sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini Restitutum S.PIIV. Pontificis Maximi Jussu Editum: Clementis VII. Et Urbani PP. VII.
Augsburg: Philippi Jacobi Veith, 1739.
Rare 18th century printing of the Roman Missal. Folio, bound in full contemporary black morocco with gilt tooling to the spine in seven compartments within raised gilt bands, elaborate triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, brass edges and engraved clasps, gauffered edges, marbled pastedowns and green, blue, and purple silk ribbons laid in. Illustrated with numerous full page engravings including title page vignette, full page engravings of the Annunciation and Crucifixion, headpieces, tailpieces, woodcut initials, text in two columns in black and red ink, printed sheet music and lyrics, index. In very good condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 103526
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
"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
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
Rare Second Venetian edition of Giovanni Domenico Mansi's Latin translation of Antoine Augustin Calmet's dictionary of the Holy Scriptures
Dictionarium Historicum, Criticum, Chronologicum, Geographicum, et Literale Sacrae Scripturae, Cum figuris Antiquitates Judaicas repraesentantibus Authore R.P.D. Augustino Calmet Ordinis S. Benedicti Abbate, E Gallico in Latinum translatum A Joanne Dominico Mansi, Congregationis Matris Dei, Lucensi.
Venetiis: Apud Sebastianum Coleti, 1757.
Second Venetian edition of Giovanni Domenico Mansi’s Latin translation of Antoine Augustin Calmet’s dictionary of the Holy Scriptures, perhaps the most famous and meticulous exegetical, historical and geographical dictionary of the Holy Scriptures produced. Folio, 2 volumes bound in full vellum with morocco spine labels, all edges speckled red, elaborately illustrated with full-page woodcut engravings, folding maps, printers device to the title page. In very good condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 114059
Scarce 18th Century Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments; Printed by Reverend Leonard Howard
The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England, Illustrated and Explained By a Full and Comprehensive Paraphrase at the Bottom of Each Page. By the Rev. Leonard Howard, D. D.
London: Printed for J. Pottinger, 1761.
Scarce 18th century Book of Common Prayer printed by the Rev. Leonard Howard, Chaplain to the Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales. Quarto, bound in full calf with gilt titles and five raised bands to the spine, ruling and cornerpieces to the panels stamped in blind, all edges marbled, illustrated with engravings including frontispiece portrait of King George II. In very good condition. Gift inscriptions and history of provenance to the front free endpapers and verso of the frontispiece. Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha was the Princess of Wales from 1736-1751 and became Dowager Princess of Wales when her husband Frederick, Prince of Wales died and the throne was passed to their eldest son, King George III in 1760. Scarce. ESTC locates only four other copies.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 109571
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, Pointed as they are to be sung or said in Churches.
Cambridge: Printed by John Archdeacon, 1771.
Rare 18th century Book of Common Prayer. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary calf tie gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, double gilt ruing and cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In very good condition. Ownership inscriptions. Desirable in a contemporary binding.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 118145
"But the main thing in view all along has been to vindicate the moral character of the Deity from the injurious representations, either of designing, or well-meaning but mistaken men" First edition of James Dana's Second response to Jonathan Edwards' The Freedom of the Will
New Haven: Printed for Thomas and Samuel Green, 1773.
First edition of American Protestant clergyman James Dana’s second published response to Jonathan Edwards’ Inquiry into the Modern Prevailing Notions of the Freedom of the Will, preceded by Dana’s prior examination of the same subject published anonymously in 1770. Octavo, original three-quarter period calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels, raised bands. A rare and desirable example illustrating the tensions that shaped the Evangelical Revival in eighteenth century America.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 82405
Halae Magdebvrgicae, 1774.
First edition. Octavo, three quarters leather over marbled boards. In very good condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 2416
London: Fielding and Walker, 1777-78.
Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, red and green morocco spine labels in gilt, with frontispieces, numerous engraved plates, some folding. In very good condition, with the armorial bookplates of Samuel Bostock, rebacked
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 119219
"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
"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
First Edition of Triomphe de l'évangile ou mémoires d'un homme du monde revenu des erreurs du philosophisme moderne Révolution, religion naturelle, philosophie; Finely Bound
Triomphe de l’évangile, ou Mémoires d’un homme du monde, revenu des erreurs du philosophisme moderne; ouvrage où l’on combat d’une manière victorieuse les sophismes de l’incrédulité, et dans lequel on démontre la vérité de la religion catholique. [Triumph of the Gospel, or Memories of a man of the world, returned from the errors of modern philosophy; work in which one victoriously fights the fallacies of unbelief, and in which one demonstrates the truth of the Catholic religion].
Lyon: Chez Bruyset aîné et Buynand, 1805.
First edition of this philosophic defense of Catholicism. Octavo, 4 volumes. Bound in speckled calf, gilt title to the spine with red and green labels. Engraved frontispiece in volume one. In very good condition. Scarce.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 59046
"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
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": 1828 Edition of the Book of Common Prayer
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1828.
Nineteenth century Book of Common Prayer. Octavo, bound in contemporary red morocco, engraved throughout, including portraits, illustrations, page borders, with volvelle on the Circular Table, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In very good condition, rebacked.
Price: $1,000.00 Item Number: 53087
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
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
London : L. and G. Seeley, 1840.
Finely bound example with a foredge painting of a sailing ship initialed and dated 1840 of one of the most significant works of religious English literature, Pilgrim’s Progress. Octavo, bound in full morocco, all edges gilt, 15 plates and illustrations, all hand-colored, with a fore-edge painting of a sailing ship initialed and dated 1840, engraved frontispiece. In very good condition. An nice presentation.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 120842
"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
"Arise shine for thy light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee": Rare Sanborn & Carter Pocket edition of the holy bible
The Everlasting Gospel and The Holy Bible, Containing The Old Testament and The New; Translated out of the Original Tongues: and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised.
Portland: Sanborn & Carter, 1843.
Sanborn & Carter pocket edition of the Holy Bible. Duodecimo, original full leather with gilt titles to the spine, engraved frontispiece of the Repose in Egypt, engraved title page. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 114401
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: 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 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
"Patriotism, honor, glory, and national prosperity are terms to which the Christian and the mere politician attach different ideas": Second edition of American abolitionist William Jay's A Review of the Causes and Consequences of the Mexican War
Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey & Co, 1849.
Second edition of American abolitionist and jurist William Jay’s classic antiwar treatise. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to the spine. In good condition with some wear to the crown and foot of the spine.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 82412
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
Rare first edition of A Dictionary of the Bible Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography, and Natural History; finely bound in full vellum
London: John Murray, 1863.
First edition of Smith’s Dictionary of the Holy Bible. Octavo, three volumes, bound in full vellum with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, all edges red, illustrations with three maps and illustrations throughout text. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplates.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 111032
First Edition of Isaac M. Wise's The Divine Service of American Israelites for the Day of Atonement; published by bloch in the rare original cloth
Cincinatti: Block and Co., Publishers and Printers, 1866.
First edition of one of the earliest Jewish American devotionals, written by one of the most influential Reform rabbis in the history of the United States and published by the oldest Jewish printing house in the United States. With text in Hebrew, English and German. Small octavo, original publisher’s cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt. In good condition with some rubbing to the extremities.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 82401
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: Sherman & Co, 1867.
First edition of one of the ‘major builders of American Judaism’, Isaac Leeser’s Discourses on the Jewish Religion. Volume I only of the original ten volumes. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, rubbing and wear to the extremities, early ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. In good condition. A rare and unrestored example of early American Judaica.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 82502
"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
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 Item Number: 69068