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Fine collection of autograph letters and cards signed by a number of prominent 19th and 20th century American clergymen including Henry Ward Beecher, Henry van Dyke, Charles Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody
Extensive collection of over forty cards and letters signed by a number of prominent 19th and 20th century American Clergymen including Henry Ward Beecher, Henry van Dyke, Charles Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody. The collection includes: an autograph letter dated January 25 1866 signed by Henry War Beecher; four typed letters and on autograph letter signed by Henry van Dyke between October and November 1912; a card signed by Dwight L. Moody; a card dated November 14 1887 signed by William Taylor; a card dated March 6 1874 signed by Charles H. Parkhurst; a card signed by Russell Conwell dated 1923; a John Crawford signed card dated September 22 1881; a Thomas De Witt Talmage signed card; four autograph letters signed by Justin D. Fulton; a shorthand sermon signed by Samuel Hopkins; and an autograph letter dated November 13 1890 signed by William Booth; an autograph letter signed by James Gould Schurman dated August 29 1893; a card dated September 30 1884 signed by Newman Hall; a John H. Vincent signed card dated March 15 1880; a William Croswell Doane clipped signature; an Edward Judson typed letter signed May 17 1913; and a Phillips Brooks autograph note signed among others. In very good to near fine condition. A fine collection of autographs.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 126098
June 14, 1878: June 14, 1878.
Autograph letter signed by American evangelist and publisher Dwight L. Moody. One page, the letter reads, “East Northfield, Mass June 14th 1878 Augusta, Maine Dear Sir: I am enclosing herewith an item of news with reference to the work of the Army Christian Commission. If you consider it of sufficient interest to your readers to give it a place in your paper I shall be glad. If you use it will you please send me a marked copy of the paper? Yours very truly D. L. Moody.” In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 126311
Donauworth: Erich Wewel Verlag, 2005.
Rare German edition of Pope Benedict XVI’s collected sermons. Octavo, original pictorial boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his brother’s former housekeeper and signed, “Benedictus PP XVI”. In fine condition. Books signed by Pope Benedict XVI as Benedictus PP XVI are rare.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 126808
"For a faint-hearted agnostic "just say no": First Edition of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything; From the Library of Novelist Anne Rice
New York: Twelve/ Hatchette Book Group, 2007.
First edition of this polemic by Hitchens, from the library of novelist and author of Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice. Octavo, original boards. On July 28, 2010, Rice publicly announced her disdain for the current state of Christianity, stating, “Today I quit being a Christian…. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.” Shortly thereafter, she clarified her statement: “My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn’t understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.” Following her announcement, Rice’s critique of Christianity was commented upon by numerous journalists and pundits. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rice elaborated on her view regarding being a member of a Christian church: “I feel much more morally comfortable walking away from organized religion. I respect that there are all kinds of denominations and all kinds of churches, but it’s the entire controversy, the entire conversation that I need to walk away from right now.” In response to the question, “how do you follow Christ without a church?” Rice replied: “I think the basic ritual is simply prayer. It’s talking to God, putting things in the hands of God, trusting that you’re living in God’s world and praying for God’s guidance. And being absolutely faithful to the core principles of Jesus’ teachings.” In 2011, Rice participated in the “I Am Second” project, with a short documentary about her spiritual journey. With her name on the front free endpaper, “Anne Rice Bought when published. Reopened Sept 1, 2010.” With her tabs and marginalia in the text. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anne Twomey. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 125686
“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, bookplate to the front pastedown. First printings are uncommon, especially signed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 124531
Chicago: Muhammad Islamic Foundation, 1982.
First edition of this prayer book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Muhammad Ali on the front free endpaper, “To Marc from Muhammad Ali 9-25-86.” In fine condition.
Price: $900.00 Item Number: 123489
"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
"People go off to marvel at the height of mountains and the great waves of the sea and the broad courses of rivers, and the flow of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars: but they neglect themselves": C.S. Lewis' copy of Sir Thomas Browne's highly influential 17th century Christian confessional Religio Medici; with Lewis' ownership signature and notes throughout
London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd, .
C.S. Lewis’ copy of Browne’s celebrated 17th century “confession of Christian faith qualified by an eclectic and generally skeptical attitude” (The Oxford Companion). Octavo, original boards, paper spine label, gilt vignette to the front panel, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Browne. British author and theologian C.S. Lewis’ copy with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper, “C.S. Lewis April 1919”, underlines, marks, and footnotes to several pages, most notably a lengthy quote from The Confessions of St. Augustine to page 29: “(1) Et eunt homines mirari alta montium et ingentes fluctus maris et latissimos lapsus fluminum et oceani ambitum et gynos siderum et relinquunt se ipsos nec mirantur. (Augustin.Conf.X.viii.15). Cf Davies Nosce Teipsum. Introd.p.49”, which translates as: “People go off to marvel at the height of mountains and the great waves of the sea and the broad courses of rivers, and the flow of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars: but they neglect themselves”, which Lewis has added as a footnote to the passage, “we carry with us the wonders we seek without us: there is all Africa and her prodigies in us “(1)” We are that bold and adventurous piece of nature, which he that studies wisely learns, in compendium, what others labour at in a divided piece and endless volume.” Lewis has also noted “Antimonies p. 41” on the verso of the rear endpaper and left marginal pencil marks next to several passages including, “As for those wingy mysteries in divinity and airy subtleties in religion which have unhinged the brains of better heads, they have never stretched the pia mater of mine. Methinks there be not impossibilities enough in religion for an active faith; the deepest mysteries ours contains have not only been illustrated, by maintained, by syllogism and the rule of reason” and “There is therefore some other hand that twines the thread of life than that of nature: we are not only ignorant in antipathies and occult qualities: our ends are as obscure as our beginnings: the line of our days is drawn by night, and the various effects therein by a pencil that is invisible.” Regarded by many as one of the most influential Christian apologists of his time, C.S. Lewis has been referred to as “The Apostle to the Skeptics” due to his early approach to religious belief as a sceptic, and his following conversion. Lewis was very interested in presenting an argument from reason against metaphysical naturalism and for the existence of God. His works Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, and Miracles were all concerned, to one degree or another, with refuting popular objections to Christianity. His autobiography, Surprised by Joy, recounted his conversion and his most famous work, Chronicles of Narnia contained strong allegorical Christian messages. In near fine condition. A remarkable example linking two great intellectual theologians and exhibiting Browne’s direct influence on Lewis’ thinking.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 122430
"IF YOU DON'T DO YOUR PART, DON'T BLAME GOD": FIRST EDITION OF THE REAL BILLY SUNDAY; SIGNED BY BILLY SUNDAY
Dayton, Ohio: The Otterbein Press, 1914.
First edition of Brown’s biography of renowned American evangelist, Billy Sunday. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece portrait of Sunday, illustrated. Boldly signed by Sunday on the front free endpaper, “W.A. Sunday Psalm 34.” In near fine condition. Books signed by Sunday are uncommon.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 124135
Rare autograph land grant signed by the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, William Penn, as the first governor of Pennsylvania. One page, script on vellum, the document is dated June 4, 1684 and grants a tract of land in the county of Philadelphia to one of the earliest Quaker colonists to settle in Philadelphia county, John Longworthy. Signed by William Penn at the conclusion of the document. Retaining the paper seal. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120848
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
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
First British edition of Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado's Heart of Joy; lengthily inscribed by Mother Superior Agnes Mariam de la Croix
London: Founts Paperbacks, 1988.
First British edition, second impression this collection of Mother Teresa’s thoughts on the transfiguring power of self-giving. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Association copy, lengthily inscribed by Mother Superior Agnes Mariam de la Croix on the front free endpaper, “Dear Saruleh, you are God’s gift to us and our poor. Remain in His love and share His love with all you come in contact with. May God bless you Sr. M. Agnes, mc 26th Aug. 1989.” Christian nun Mother Agnes is mother superior of the monastery of St James the Mutilated in Syria, a Melkite Greek Catholic monastery in the town of Qara in the Homs diocese. In very good condition. Cover illustration by P.J. Lynch.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 115901
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
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
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
Color photograph signed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “God bless you Desmond Tutu 10.12.98.” The photograph measures 5.75 by 4.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 112961
Color photograph of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, boldly signed by him. The photograph measures 5 inches by 3.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 112958
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