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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
"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
“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
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
"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
Plainfield, NJ: Logos International, 1968.
First edition of Cruz’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Nicky Cruz on the front free endpaper. Additionally signed by David Wilkerson, who as the evangelist who led him to his conversion. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Written with Jamie Buckingham. Introduction by Billy Graham. Rare and desirable signed by Cruz and Wilkerson.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 44011
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
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
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
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
Rare original woodblock-print diploma from the 1970 Polish Sacrosong Music Festival. Signed by Pope John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła), “Karol card Wojtyla.” The famous Polish Sacrosong Festival was established in 1969 to preserve Catholic identity during the Cold War, future pope Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was a major patron of the festival, featured vocalist, and appeared in a full-length feature album, Pope John Paul II At The Festival Sacrosong, produced and distributed in more that 30 worldwide networks in 1979. In excellent condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 19 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Pope John Paul II.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 82450
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
Large photograph of Albert Schweitzer in Lambarene purchasing supplies for the hospital, signed and inscribed by him. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches. One of the largest signed photographs we have seen or handled.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 117846
"God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better": First Edition of Just As I Am; Inscribed by Billy Graham to Bob and Delores Hope
San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1997.
First edition of Billy Graham’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to Bob Hope and his wife Dolores, “To my dear friends Bob and Dolores God bless you always Billy Graham.” Though this copy is personally signed and inscribed by Graham, attached to the front end page is a tipped-in note with the author’s apologies for being unable to personally sign books due to his Parkinson’s Disease. Rare personally signed and a wonderful association copy. From the library of Bob and Dolores Hope. Accompanied by a signed letter from Linda Hope, certifying that this volume is from the Library of Bob Hope. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 2998
New York and London: The Queen Anne Press; The British Book Centre, 1953.
Signed limited issue, number 23 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator Reynolds Stone, from a total edition of 1,000 copies. Quarto, original red morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gray endpapers, top edge gilt. Frontispiece woodcut and title page printed in brown, 3 further woodcuts in text printed in black. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 71894
"I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war": The Book of Common Prayer; Uniquely signed by President Gerald Ford
New York: The Seabury Press, 1953.
The Book of Common Prayer, boldly signed by President Gerald Ford as follows, “I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war. Gerald R. Ford.” Octavo, bound in full leather, all edges gilt. In fine condition. The famous phrase “I would rather walk a thousand miles for peace than to have to take a single step for war” was first spoken by President Gerald Ford at an Air Force commissioning ceremony in Arizona on November 14, 1974. It was subsequently used the following week as Ford departed for Japan, becoming the first president to make an official trip to the island nation and marking Ford’s first trip as president. During the trip, President Ford met with Emperor Hirohito and worked to improve trade relations. The now-famous phrase was used during the trip, upon departure from the South Lawn of the White House and at the Japan Press Club. A unique piece.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 122598
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
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