Kenner, LA: Charles E. Nolan, 1977. Hardcover. Uncommon. "Bayou Carmel is a narrative history of the Sisters of Mount Carmel of Louisiana. This book follows the community from the arrival of the first sisters in New Orleans in 1833 until the end of the controversy concerning Sister Apoline and the closing of the Oklahoma missions in 1903" (preface). Blue cloth boards with black title to spine and front cover. Minor wear including bumped corners. Red ownership markings to front free endpaper (ex-library, but this is only library marking). Includes photographic illustrations, notes, bibliography and an essay on sources. 190 pages. REL/061720. Very Good.
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National Conference of Catholic Bishops / United States Catholic Conference, 1984-1998. Paperback and Hardback. Six volumes. The first four are paperbacks and the last two are hardcovers with dust jackets. These volumes contain the full texts of pastoral letters and statements with appendices including important events within the Catholic Church in the U.S. Topics vary depending on the years they cover. Examples include many current events of the time: education, teaching, celebration of the sacraments with persons with disabilities, domestic violence, health care reform, HIV / AIDS crisis, moral education, political responsibility, genetic testing, welfare reform, Third World debt, Catholic-Jewish relations, US-Panama relations, handgun violence, hostages in Iran, race relations and poverty, farm labor, celibacy, peace and Vietnam, birth control, human rights, abortion, and much more. Minor sunning to spines of some volumes. Previous ownership markings in pen on front endpapers and/or title pages. Minor wear to edges of jackets (on two hardcover volumes). Volumes vary in pagination, but are around 400 - 500 pages each. This set may require an extra shipping fee. REL/070820. Very Good.
New York: Kenmare Publications; D. & J. Sadlier & Co., (1872). Daniel O'Connell (1775 - 1847) was an Irish politician who campaigned for Catholic emancipation. Partially disbound. Front board and first signature are present but detached. Cloth spine panel is detached and no longer present. Bound in elaborate green cloth boards with red leather inlays featuring the portraits of Curran, Doyle, Burke, Grattan, and O'Connoll. Ex-library with stamp and number to front free endpaper. Heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Full edges gilt. Includes multiple full page engravings with tissue guards. An elaborate production with ornate initial letters, borders, head and tail pieces. Includes a chromolithograph title page and frontispiece. A large, thick book. An attractive book despite the noted damage. Worthy of a restoration. REL/062520.
Washington DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1994. Hardcover. "Here for the first time, the compelling story of the Catholic Modernists is presented as a chronological narrative of events, with special emphasis placed upon the persons involved, their interrelations and opinions" (jacket). Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Ownership notation in red and black ink on front free endpaper, else clean. In white dust jacket with black panel to spine, titled in red on spine and front panels. 394 pages. REL/070820. Very Good / Fine.
Saint Louis, MO: Saint Louis University, 1977. Paperback. "This is the first scientific study of foundations of faith in a significant segment of the Saint Louis Archdiocese. It will, the researchers hope, give direction to future efforts in strengthening black Catholics in their faith, in pointing out ways to improve interracial relations among Catholics, and indicating methods for reaching other Blacks. It will offer guidelines for the archdiocese in future planning and it will suggest methods for fostering interracial Catholic communication, presently almost non-existant on a social level" (introduction). Includes numerous interviews with African American Catholics living in Saint Louis. Thin octavo. Bound in dark pink paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Rubbing to covers. Previous ownership marking in red pen to title page, else clean interior. 140 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Richmond, VA: Whittet & Shepperson, . Hardcover. First Edition. Ex-library with call number sticker to spine, pocket to rear, markings to early pages, and to some interior pages on margins. Bound in the original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Rubbing to boards. Closed tears to some pages. Illustrated. Minor foxing throughout. Creasing / rippling to some pages. A good reading copy of an uncommon book. 150 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Covington, Kentucky: Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, 1954. Hardcover. Green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration to front cover. Ex-library with minimal markings - only library markings are on front free endpaper, title page, and rear pastedown. There is also a randomly placed library stamp on the bottom of page 33. Otherwise, this book is clean and bright. Minor wear to edges of boards, foot of spine, and corners. Black scuff mark to spine. 1054 pages. REL/061820. Very Good.
[Boston]: Deena Schnitman Paper ARts, n.d. A unique blank journal with Deena's beautiful paste paper designs interposed among the blank pages. There are eight sections of four or five different paste papers that are cut into shapes and designs that interact and compliment each other. Deena describes her process of creating one of a kind papers as using traditional and handmade tools to create endless opportunities to explore color and designs. Bound in purple and black paste paper covers with a coptic stitch spine. There are loose strands of the stitching with various colored beads dangling from the top of the spine. An engaging and inventive work. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 9 inches. Unpaginated [about 80 pages]. ARTISTSB/070320. Fine.
Boston: Thomas B Noonan & Co, 1882. Hardcover. First Edition Thus. Bound in the original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Wear to spine ends, edges, and corners of boards. Chipping to spine ends. Previous ownership signature dated 1882 to front free endpaper. Red ownership marking (from later) to endpaper also. Pencil tick marks next to several chapter headings, else clean. Patterned endpapers. 442 pages. REL/070920. Very Good.
New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969. Hardcover. Originally printed in 1895. Dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Ownership marking in pen to front free endpaper, and minor staining from glue to gutters of first and last few pages - else clean. (Also - light foxing to title page.) 432 pages. AFAMER/070920. Very Good.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1963. Hardcover. First Edition. Signed and Inscribed by Sheen: "To my dear friend Father Ed Murphy with the affectionate esteem of Yours Fraternally in Christ + Fulton Sheen" Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895 - 1979) was known for his career in radio and television as well as his lectures and philosophical writings. This book "is far more than a book for priests, or for those considering the priesthood as a vocation. In these penetrating, deeply pondered discussions of the priesthood, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen has produced a work of lasting value, a book that will perhaps change many hundreds of lives, and certainly a book that will also interest readers who have no direct concern with the priesthood as a calling" (jacket). Bound in navy blue cloth over light blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. A few spots of soiling to first few pages including title page, but clean and bright otherwise. In blue dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Chipping and wear to edges of jacket. Light sunning to spine of jacket and minor browning to edges of flaps. 276 pages. REL/070920. Very Good / Very Good.
Minneapolis: Angel Bomb Press, 2016. Open edition. This is an artful three-color letterpress mini-book designed and printed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The book has an accordion fold structure that allows the front spread to be from the perspective of Doctor Frankenstein and the reverse to be from the perspective of the monster. The original story was re-read and condensed down into 9 distinct spreads with artwork created for each and relevant copy from the original work provided to tell the story. With black covers and a stretch black band with a tassel wrapped around it. Housed in a grey box designed to look like a cigarette package with title on top. In fine condition. Measures 2x 3.25 inches. ARTISTSB/070320. Fine.
New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969. Hardcover. Originally printed in 1860. Dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Ownership marking in pen to front free endpaper, and minor staining from glue to gutters of first and last few pages - else clean. Light foxing to title page. 187 pages. AFAMER/070920. Very Good.
Cincinnati, OH: World Library of Sacred Music, Inc., 1966. Paperback. For Chorus in Unison. Includes Masses on: Negro Spirituals, Modern Man, World Peace, Social Justice, and more. Red, white, and blue side-stapled paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Minor rubbing to covers. Clean. 40 pages. MUS/061720. Very Good.
Philadelphia: A.J. Holman and Co. Ltd, 1895. Hardcover. Illustrated with over 500 fine engravings. Includes a history of the books in the Bible, Illustrations of ancient coins and gems from the Bible, Cruden's Complete Concordance, and 4,000 questions and answers on the old and new testaments. Bound in the original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed title to front cover. Rubbing and wear to covers, hinges, corners, and edges of spine and boards. Ownership stamp to front free endpaper and pencil markings to endpapers. Browning to interior, darker on marings, but clean overall. Chipping and tears to edges of some pages including first page of text. Paper is thin and brittle but remains readable. Several splits to binding, but pages remain bound. 536 pages plus 194 page concordance. An early edition of this pronouncing Bible dictionary. REL/062520. Very Good.
Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1972. "This book critically examines the various aspects of this anti-black movement between 1780 and 1910, and it lays bare the baleful impact of white racism upon human relations in the South. While not ignoring secondary writings, the author bases his conclusions upon a first-hand examination of the primary documents. Although the South is the area of major attention, its racial ideology and patterns of white supremacy are explored in relation to the racial sentimetns and practices prevailing elsewhere in the United States" (jacket). Blue cloth boards with silver title to spine. Penned ownership marking to front free endpaper, else clean. In grey dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Spine panel of jacket has faded to turquoise. 318 pages. AFAMER/070920.
Sag-Harbor, L.I. O.O. Wickham, 1842. Paperback. Includes signs of the Zodiac and how they relate to a mans body, normal almanac stuff about the sun, as well as a miscellany of poetry, prose, and "facts" for farmers. Off-white paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Hand sewn with white and black threads. One interior page has been repaired in a similar manner with white thread. There is a long closed tear to the front cover, which has been repaired with stitches of black thread. Chipping and tears to edges of many pages. Folded over corners. Minor soiling, browning, and spotting throughout. Unpaginated. ALM/070220. Good.
Baltimore, MD: Particular Council / St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1965. Hardcover. "The story of a moment of charity, an hour of need, and a century of service. It is the history of Baltimore and the biography of thousands of the city's most thoughtful citizens" (foreword). Tan cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Red notation in pen to front free endpaper, else clean. Illustrated. Thin octavo. 97 pages. BALT/070820. Very Good.
Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2020. Number 10 of 40 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. This splendid production from Jennifer Farrell's Starshaped Press celebrates her love for Chicago and showcases the impressive type and ornament collection that she has gathered and uses for her work. For this production she created ten multi-colored prints, or ELEVATIONS, that cover the themes of printing, women, labor, music, neighborhoods, architecture, motherhood and perseverance. Each tells a story in image and anecdote while featuring a grouping of typefaces based on her approach to the subject. Ten CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS designed to resemble traditional architectural bluelines explain and document the text and typography of the prints. Each set is held in an archival folder and housed in a clamshell box. She writes: "Since 1999, Starshaped Press has stayed true to the original craft of letterpress, disregarding the naysayers that claim antique metal & wood type is too limiting for quality design. With solid presswork and hard working midwestern gumption, I like to buck popular trends by showcasing the beauty and relevance of well-designed, historic type. Unlike most letterpress shops, Starshaped focuses on reusing existing materials (some over 150 years old) for all projects, meaning no plastic is ever used in production. The substantial metal type collection at Starshaped Press is constantly growing and evolving alongside my life experiences that are deeply rooted in Chicago. The urban environment is the backdrop for this typographic memoir that showcases the studio’s type collection and serves as a pictorial representation of the first 25 years of my life in the city." Printed on Mohawk Superfine Cover paper. The clamshell box is covered with red cloth with a pictorial title label affixed to the cover. Fine condition. Prints measure 11 x 17 inches. Box is 11.75 x 18 inches. ARTISTSB/061920. Fine.
Techny, IL: Divine Word Publications, 1957. Hardcover. Includes a laid-in letter from the publisher. Orange cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine. In yellow, black, and white dust jacket with red title to spine and front panels. Minor wear including a few chips to edges of jacket. Ownership marking in pen to front free endpaper, else clean. 279 pages. REL/070820. Very Good / Very Good.