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First Edition of N.T. Wright's Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church; signed by him
New York: HarperOne, 2008.
First edition of the award-winning author's popular work on the Scriptural emphasis of resurrection as the foremost hope of the Christian community. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by N.T. Wright on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover photograph by Ilona Wellmann.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 115079
"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: $4,800.00 Item Number: 105432
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…
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 114068
"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
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
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
"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: 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
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
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
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc, 1962.
First edition of the definitive text on Merton's thought and development. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anita Walker Scott.
Price: $65.00 Item Number: 110470
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1959.
First edition of Wouk's classic introduction to Judaism. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Robert Galster.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 112461
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…
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 109571
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
"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
"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…
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 104486
"This is not another gospel, but the same ancient gospel rediscovered for today!": Hans Kung's On Being a Christian; Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1976.
First edition, early printing of this landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To my friend Matthew: confidence and courage! Hans Kung." Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino. Translated by Edward Quinn.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 104732
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
San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1999.
First edition of this work by theologians Borg and Wright. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Borg on the front free endpaper prior to publication, "Dec. '98 To Maren, From one who knows yours parents, and with best wishes. Marcus Borg." Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 101663
"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…
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 90463
First Edition of N.T. Wright's For All God's Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church; Inscribed by Him
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Erdmans Publishing Company, 1997.
First edition of this "passionate and thoughtful book" (The Library Journal). Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Jacqueline with love Tom." In fine condition. Cover design by Lorraine White.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 100861
New York: The Viking Press, 1968.
First edition of this Campbell classic, which discusses the primitive roots of mythology. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Anne and Brendan with my love and good wishes from Joe." The recipient, Brendan Gill wrote for the New Yorker for more than 60 years where he wrote more than 1,200 pieces including scores of reviews and served as the main architecture critic from 1987 to 1996. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 101266
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
"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…
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 100048