New York: American Bible Society, 1856. Hardcover. Second edition of this rather scarce book. Except for a one page index and two page key to the orthography the text is entirely in the Native American Ojibwa language. Bound in contemporary brown leather with blind design to covers and black title label on spine. Binding is worn, bumped, and rubbed. Crack to spine label. Front cover is somewhat loose but still holding. Text block is tight. Interior pages are generally clean, with browning to edges of first and last few pages and very light browning to many pages that does not affect legibility. Slight rippling to pages from being tightly bound. Bookplate of George John Abdou, Jr. on front pastedown. A very good copy. About 4.5 x 7 inches. 717 pages. Very Good.
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London: Printed by T.H. for Richard Chiswell, J. Churchill, 1679, 1683, 1715. Hardcover. Written by Scottish philosopher and historian Gilbert Burnet (1643 - 1715), this was considered to be the standard reference on this subject for over a century. The Parliament of England voted to formally thank Burnet after he published the first volume and he was later awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Oxford University. Three volumes bound in full black morocco with gilt decoration, raised bands, and title labels reading "Burnet's Historical Works" to spines. Gilt emblems reading "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (a French saying that translates to: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") to front and rear boards of all volumes. This was the motto of the Order of the Garter, which Burnet became the Chancellor of in 1689. He served as the Bishop of Salisbury for the order from 1689 to 1715. Gilt rules to boards and dentelles. Full gilt edges to all volumes. Long cracks to front and rear boards of first volume, but boards remain attached. Chipping and wear to spine ends, edges, hinges, spine bands, and corners of all volumes. Minor rubbing to boards and to gilt emblems. Bookplates of William Pochin, Barkly Hall, Leichester, Lynden Bonnie Evans, and Blanche Guthrie Miller to endpapers. Previous ownership stamp "Withrow" and name "Mary Guthrie Miller Naquin" in pen to front endpapers, dated 1966. Another previous owner's name in pen to top margin of title page of volume two. William Pochin (1731 - 1798) was a member of the English Parliament and held the office of sheriff of Leichester from 1756-7. Illustrated title page plus seven plates to first volume, illustrated title pages plus eight plates to second volume, five plates to supplement. Interiors are clean overall with occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Volume I: Progress Made in it during the Reign of K. Henry the VII, 368 pages; Volume II: of the Progress made in it till the Settlement of it in the beginning of Q. Elizabeth Reign, 416 pages; Volumes III: Supplement, 426 plus a table of records and papers. An oversized, heavy set that may require an extra shipping fee. REL/032119. Very Good.
London: M. Withers and D. Prince in Oxford, 1761. First edition of this uncommon book. The title page continues with a much more detailed summary of the contents that include: the time when and manner of how America was first peopled, the certainty of an abyss of water on the earth, the origin of such natural phenomena as springs, lakes, mountains hills, caverns and grottos etc. There is a detailed table of contents as well. The Reverend Alexander Catcott (1725–1779) was an English geologist and theologian born in Bristol, who became the vicar of Temple Church, Bristol and the author of numerous works on science and theology. His views on the Bible as a scientific source were influenced by the ideas of John Hutchinson (1674–1737) and are expressed in this treatise. Bound in three quarter black leather with gilt titling to spine and marbled paper boards. Chipping and bumping to spine and corner edges. Small bookseller ticket on front pastedown. Half title and title pages are browned but interior pages are clean. Label of the Philomathean Society library of Pennsylvania on title page. Margin notations on title page and contents pages referring to text pages concerning how America was first peopled. With one copper plate representing the internal structure of the Terraqueous Globe, from the Center to the Circumference (p. 54). The plate and opposite page have brown spotting, mostly not affecting image. A very good copy. Octavo. 296 pages.