Baltimore: Excudebant Joannes Murphy et Socii, 1886. Hardcover. Scarce. Very good in original black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed emblems to boards. A few small chips to book cloth in rear hinge and rear board. A few interior splits to binding, but all pages remain bound. In Latin. 77 pages. REL/083017. Very Good.
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Boston: Archdiocese of Boston, 1945. Paperback. Uncommon. Maroon and gilt patterned paper wrappers. Minor dampstaining to first few pages, else clean. Filled with full page photographic illustrations of priests / friars / members from each order in Boston. An interesting comparison in uniforms worn within varying orders. 64 pages. REL/072220. Very Good.
London: Fisher, Son, & Co., n.d. [circa 1840s]. These two sumptuous volumes contain four series of fine engravings of scenes and events from both books of the bible, with two series in each. The engravings are taken from paintings by famous artists such as Rubens, Copley, Rembrandt, Poussin, Vandyke, da Vinci, Raphael, and many more. There are 30 plates in each series except for the fourth, which includes 33. The plates are accompanied by the relevant text from the bible in English, French, and German. There is also an explanation in English of the meaning of the text. Bound in pebbled black leather with gilt ornaments and rulings to covers and to ornaments and titling to spine. Leather is rubbed, abraded, and worn. Book corners are bumped, with a small piece of leather missing from the lower right corner of Volume I. Hinges slightly tender. All edges gilt. Text pages are clean with very light aging to margins. The plates are generally in nice condition; however, many have foxing or browning in their margins. Only a few of the actual engravings are also affected. A handsome set in very good condition. Quartos. First Series: 78 pages; Second Series: 78 pages; Third Series: 84 pages; Fourth Series: 92 pages. ART/090822.
Strasbourg, France: Editions du Signe, 2005. Hardcover. Thin quarto. Illustrated glossy paper covered boards with grey spine panel titled in black. White title to front board. Filled with full color illustrations. Gift inscription from previous owner in pen to front free endpaper, else clean. 120 pages. REL/071620. Fine.
Schenectady, NY: Henry Stevens & Co, 1818. Hardcover. First Edition. A compilation of documents related to the trials of John Chester, Mark Tucker and Hooper Cumming. Chester and Tucker were accused of slandering Reverend Cumming, who in turn was accused of inappropriate behavior. Bound in full brown leather with red leather spine label. Leather is stained and worn with tender hinges. Offsetting to endpapers, and browning to pages. With a fold-out sheet outlining the charges by the committee at various points in the proceedings. With bookplate of William Ward Wight. Blue stamp of an honors academy on title page. Very good minus. Octavo. 255 pages plus errata page. REL/081621. Very Good -.
Steyler Verlagsbuchhandlung Kaldenkirchen, 1962. Hardcover. Thin quqrto. Includes information on missions throughout the worlds, arranged by continent. Many black and white photographic illustrations. Green leatherette boards with gilt title to spine and front board. In green dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Minor wear and chipping to edges and corners of jacket. Browning to interior, heavier on margins, but clean overall. Text in GERMAN only. 205 pages. GER/071620. Very Good / Very Good.
n.p. n.p., ca. 1530. An exquisite small leaf taken from a French Book of Hours from the early 16th century. Books of Hours were personal prayer books and were not only works of art, but cultural documents of their time. They were made of the finest materials, by the best artisans, for the small portion of the population that could both appreciate and afford them. The book's Latin text is printed in black, with horizontal gold ink ornaments at the end of each sentence. The text has a gold ink border with an ornamental bow at its bottom. The border and ornaments are highlighted with a thin line in red ink. There are fourteen initials in gold and black. There are thirteen two-initials and one of three lines. This leaf is for pages 161-162 of the book. It measures 2.5 x 4.25 inches. In fine condition with the outline of the intials from one page visible on the other page. MANUS/031723. Fine.
South Orange, NJ: Seton Hall University, 2006. Hardcover. A bound thesis. Signatures of approval included. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper. Black cloth boards with title "Jewish-Christian Studies. 2006. Akpan, Linus G" to spine and full title to front board. Minor rubbing to boards. Clean and bright. Thin quarto. 134 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Los Angeles, CA: Florence B. D'Urso, 1999. Hardcover. A book celebrating the history and beauty of liturgical vestments created and embroidered for John Cardinal Farley (1848-1918), a revered Archbishop of New York. His successor, John Cardinal O’Connor, allowed the vestments to be given to the whole church. The vestments were worn at the Vatican in 1997 at the rededication of the Chapel of Pope Nicholas V, which was decorated with frescos by Fra Angelico. The book was rebound in rich maroon full morocco with an elegant gilt double border to the front board and gilt accents to the banded spine. It is housed in a beautifully executed gold cloth covered slipcase complete with illustrated pastedown inlay, maroon silk ribbon, and title stamp matching the front board. The slipcase is exceptional, made with double-thick boards and lined internally with maroon linen. This book is internally pristine and accented with textured maroon silk endpapers, with gilt to all text edges. There are color photographic illustrations throughout showing each of the garments, with detail plates to highlight their workmanship. Also includes photos from the rededication ceremony at the Vatican. This is a finely bound gift copy of the highest quality. 96 pages. REL/051706. Fine.
Hardcover. One of 300 copies. A lovely fine press book designed by Victor Hammer and printed by Jacob Hammer. It is one volume of a beautifully presented text of the four gospels, based on the Tynsdale translation of 1526, which was the first translation of the Bible into English. According to an article by Burton Milward, “Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky,” published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. Bound in light beige paper boards with a paper spine label with title S. Luke. Covers are slightly soiled and there is darkening to the top edges of boards. Speckling and light foxing to page edges. Offsetting and light foxing to pastedowns and free endpapers. Some splits to few gutters but text block is firm. The interior is otherwise clean and bright. Pages are unopened. The title page is preceded by a pair of woodcuts from the Holkham Bible depicting Saint Luke and his symbolic representation of a Bull. Very good condition. Measures 5 x 6.5 inches. Paginated on recto only: xciii pages. PRI/120922. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Catholic Standard and Times, 1987. Paperback. "Mother Katharine Drexel is America's most famous nun for she seared the country's conscience on the problems of racism before equal rights was a coined expression. A stunning debutante, charismatic, a generous millionaire, she was a woman of towering idealism who worked selflessly for social justice but she was also a woman torn apart by the flaming injustices of the society in which she lived. A comprehensive, informative, compelling look at the struggles of a great woman in a pathetically unyielding milieu" (James McGrath review on rear cover). Illustrated black paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Light rubbing to covers, else clean and bright. Includes laid-in ephemera with prayer for Drexel. 104 pages. REL/061720. Fine.
Lloyd G. Barras (self published), 1993. Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Uncommon. Thick quarto. An extensive history of Catholics in this area of Louisiana. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Penned ownership markings to front endpapers. IIncludes black and white photographic illustrations and chapters on St. Charles Academy, Landry Memorial School, the Sisters' Hospital, various parishes in the area, St. Louis High School, and multiple priests. 420 pages. REL/062520. Very Good.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1909. Hardcover. Red cloth boards white title to front cover. White titling has chipped off of spine completely and is heavily chipped on front cover. A few small dampstains to covers and spine. Occasional small spots of soiling to interior, but clean overall. 320 pages. LIT/100318. Very Good.
Boston: S. Hall and Manning & Loring, 1801. FIRST EDITION. Unbound. 8vo. SCARCE. Appears to be formerly bound into a volume. This signature is clean and bright beginning with the half-title page and continuing to the "finis" and its rear blank endpage. Clean and bright with only slight toning. 38pp. REL/090806. Very Good.
New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1931. Hardcover. "The story narrated in the following pages is not a story of merely extraordinary and exceptional episodes in the history of the Sisters of Mercy, but rather it gives a glimpse into the normal, the usual, in teh life of these devoted women" (introduction). Ex-library with call number sticker to spine and pocket to rear endpaper. Bound in the original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Frontispiece and several illustrations. Clean. Chipping and tears to edges of some pages (where they were opened poorly). Split to front after first free endpaper. 281 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Garden City: Doubleday and Company Inc, 1973. Hardcover. First Edition. "In text written especially to complement the Harrises' bold illustrations, Father Berrigan draws on personal experiences, particularly in prison, to explore the symbolism of the cross. At the same time, he commments on war, the Church, madness and sanity, the individual's evaluation of his role in society, and the cross itself as it has been and can become for each person" (jacket). Thin Quarto. Grey cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Ex-library marking in red pen to front free endpaper and to half title page. Full page color illustrations. In orange dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Sunning to spine of jacket. Closed tears and wear to edges of jacket. Minor rubbing and light soiling to jacket. Clean interior. Unpaginated. REL/062520. Very Good / Very Good.
Baltimore: Press of Isaac Friedenwald Co, 1891. Hardcover. Ex-library with stamp to front endpage. In original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards, spine ends, and corners. Minor soiling to boards. A few chips, creases, and tears to edges of endpages. Light dampstaining to edges of some pages. Hinges appear to have been restored. A good reading copy. 528 page. REL/051514. Very Good Minus.
Geneve, chez Iules Guillaume Fick, 1856. Hardcover. Very good minus in original vellum boards with black title to spine. Moderate soiling to boards and chip to yapp edge on rear board. Lacks ties. Woodcut initials, head and tail pieces, and vignette illustrations of several popes. Browning to end pages and sporadic light foxing to interior. Dampstain to margins of a few pages. Binding remains tight, although there are short closed tears to the bottoms of both joints. There are also a few internal splits. 188 pages plus table of contents. In French. Religion. REL108141. Very Good Minus.