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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
"If you don't do your part, don't blame God": First Edition of The Real Billy Sunday; Signed by Billy Sunday
Dayton, OH: The Otterbein Press , 1914.
First edition of this biography on the great evangelist. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed on the front free endpaper, “W.A. Sunday Psalm 34.” Light rubbing to the cloth, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear and a chip to the crown of the spine. Books signed by Billy Sunday are rare.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 27096
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
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
"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
Octavo manuscript in Arabic on paper, consisting of two works, including Fakhr al-Din al-Razi’s (1149-1209) Hashiya ‘ala sharh hidayat alhikma, contemporary blind-tooled leather. In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 71008
London: The Cresset Press, 1935.
First edition of the author’s doctorate thesis on the theory and function of dreams in primitive cultures. Octavo, original cloth, engraved frontispiece. In very good condition with toning to the spine. Very rare.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 115384
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly": First Edition of Yogananda Paramhansa's Autobiography of A Yogi
New York: The Philosophical Library, 1946.
First edition of one of the most important spiritual books of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. In near fine condition. Preface by Walter Evans-Wentz.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 103488
New York: Twelve/ Hatchette Book Group, 2007.
First edition of this polemic by Hitchens. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anne Twomey. First printings are uncommon signed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 68041
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
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
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of French physician and Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer. One page, text in French. The letter is addressed to Miss Mary Hebe Degler of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and reads in part, “Thank you for very much for the beautiful photographs. The are very natural. All is well at the hospital but the number of hospitalizations increase with each year. Best Regards, Albert Schweitzer.” Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope post dated December, 27, 1960. In fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 116818
"I use the word miracle to mean an interference with nature by supernatural power"; First edition of C.S. Lewis' Miracles: A Preliminary Study; from the library of British Anglican theologian Arthur Peacocke
Geoffrey Bles: The Centenary Press, 1947.
First edition of Lewis’ study of the logical possibility of miracles, in which he presents the case that a supernatural world may exist including a benevolent creator. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Arthur Peacocke with his ownership inscription to the half title page, “A.R. Peacocke Oxford June 21st, 1947.” Arthur Robert Peacocke was a British Anglican theologian and biochemist. He is perhaps best known for his attempts to argue rigorously that evolution and Christianity need not be at odds and remains the most well-known theological advocate of theistic evolution as author of the essay “Evolution: The Disguised Friend of Faith?” In one of the five arguments contained in the essay, the Jesus-as-pinnacle-of-human-evolution argument, Peacocke proposed Jesus Christ to be “the consummation of the purposes of God already incompletely manifested in evolving humanity.” Lewis made the same proposition in Mere Christianity, and began to develop his thoughts on the subject in the present volume which was apparently highly influential in Peacocke’s development and was attained by him as a student at Oxford. In very good condition. Bookplate to the pastedown.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 104486
"For Richard Adams, Animal Master Supreme, with warm good wishes": First Edition of The Way of the Animal Powers; Inscribed by Joseph Campbell to Richard Adams
San Francisco: Alfred Van Der Marck Editions/ Harper & Row, 1983.
First edition of this work on mythology by the author of The Hero With A Thousand Faces. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Richard Adams, Animal Master Supreme, with warm good wishes. Joseph Campbell 9/15/84.” 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, fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 95632
Very attractive palm leaf book in East Asian script (possibly Burmese). Approximately 159 palm leaves between two wooden covers with beveled edges, loosely bound with a cord, with a medallion at each end. Each leaf approximately 1.25 inches by 13.5 inches, with manuscript in black ink on rectos and versos of each leaf, initial and final leaves blank. 19th century.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 52015
“HAPPINESS IS NOT SOMETHING READY MADE”: The Art of Happiness: A Handbook For Living; Signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.
Early printing of this beloved classic. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lisa Amoroso.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 108377
"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
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1955.
First edition of this work by Meher Baba. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With an introduction by C.B. Purdom.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 117989
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
Massadah & Alumoth: Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, 1962.
Elaborately bound example of Szyk’s magnum opus. Quarto, publisher’s full velvet cloth with gilt stamping to the spine, front and rear panels, illustrated profusely with full color illumination. With the English translation printed in black and brick red and Hebrew text accompanied by elaborate full color illuminations. Edited by Cecil Roth. In fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s three quarters morocco plush-lined clamshell box which is in very good condition. A beautiful presentation.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 114563
New York: Decland X McMullen Company, 1947.
First edition of this classic work which recounts the life of Jesus, from his birth to his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “My Dear Jack and Jim, May you love Jesus each day more and more- Fulton Sheen.” Inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrated by Rafaello Busoni.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119549