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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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 -.
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.
London: Thomas Astley, 1732. Hardcover. Scarce second edition of a popular work first published in 1724. It was reprinted several times in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Bound in contemporary full brown leather. Bumped, soiled, rubbed. Pastedown and free endpapers are soiled, have offsetting, and a few handwritten names, notes. Volume II also has a few endpapers with dampstaining. Hinges are slightly cracked. Interior pages have occasional smudges, foxing, darkening but are generally very good. Pencil lines marking a few passages. Two fold out maps of the travels of the children of Israel and of Jerusalem in Volume I that are in very good condition. Measure 4.75 x 8 inches. Volume I: 397 pages + index; Volume II: 310 pages + xxxiv chronological table + index + publisher ads. REL/052421. Very Good.
Lancaster, PA: W. & W.H. Freeman, n.d. [1860s]. Hardcover. A scarce and ambitious edition of this famous history by D'Aubigné. Bound in three quarter leather with brown cloth boards. Gilt decoration and titling to spines. Both volumes have wear, bumping, and rubbing. Volume I is dampstained throughout not affecting legibility but leaving stains on otherwise handsome engraved plates. Also with offsetting. Volume II is free of dampstaining but has offsetting and scattered foxing. Despite flaws still a good set with this important historical text. Quarto. Volume I: 732 pages; Volume II: 558 pages plus one page instruction to binder. REL/051821. Good +.
Paris: Sebastien Hure, 1652. Uncommon edition of the author's writings. Francois de Sales (1567 – 1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is revered as a saint in the Catholic Church. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God. This edition from Sebastien Hure is an important one. It is a comprehensive compilation of the writings of de Sales, and includes engravings and decorated initials in the Introduction to the Devout Life (Introduction a la Vie Devote) and the Treatise on the Love of God (de l'Amour de Dieu). The letters offering spiritual direction are also a major portion of this volume. Bound in contemporary full brown leather. The leather is chipped, rubbed, worn, and bumped. Chipping along edges reveal the boards underneath. Raised bands and red label to spine. Front hinge has cracked open but text block is still tightly holding to the cords. Page ends were marbled but marbling has faded. Marbled paper pastedowns but marbled free endpapers presumedly missing. Light dampstains to the subject index. Browning and spotting throughout text but pages are still quite legible and relatively clean. Small stamp of Library Sulpician Seminary Washington, DC.Text is printed in two columns that are individually numbered.There are 2308 columns or over 1000 pages. A separate index of subjects of about 70 pages refers the reader to the relevant text column number. Very good. Measures 10 x 15 x 3.5 inches. Heavy book requiring extra postage. REL/102021.
Brookfield, MA: E. & G. Merriam, 1830. Hardcover. Fifth American Edition. Bound in contemporary brown leather with spine label. Leather is rubbed, scuffed, and bumped. Interior pages have scattered foxing throughout. Ownership signature dated 1831 on free front endpaper. Good plus condition. Small octavo. 400 pages plus two pages of publisher ads. RELIGION/ 071921. Good +.
Paris: F. Kellerhoven, . Hardcover. A beautiful book with chromolithographs that are based on the paintings at the Sainte-Ursule Church in Cologne. The text and plates in this work were previously unpublished. "Saint Ursula is a legendary Romano-British Christian saint who died on 21 October 383. Her legendary status comes from a medieval story that she was a princess who, at the request of her father King Dionotus of Dumnonia in south-west Britain, set sail along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens to join her future husband, the pagan governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica. After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the Pope, Cyriacus, and Sulpicius, bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The Huns' leader fatally shot Ursula with an arrow" [Wikipedia]. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. The leather is chipped, bumped, and rubbed. Edges of paper boards are chipped and worn. Hinges are tender but text block is tight. This book's appeal are the twenty-one gorgeous chromolithographic plates by Hangard-Maugé. The plates are in very good to near fine condition despite the foxing and offsetting to their tissue guards. Text pages are generally clean with aging to page edges and occasional spotting. Ownership signature dated 1945 on half-title and bookplate on ffep. Very good. Quarto. 218 pages. REL/101221. Very Good.
Philadelphia: William S. Martien, 1850. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of this Presbyterian history of Virginia. William Henry Foote (1794 – 1869) was an American Presbyterian minister in Virginia and North Carolina. He served as a Confederate chaplain during the American Civil War. He wrote several books about the history of Presbyterians in the American South. Foote received a Doctorate of Divinity (D.D.) from Hampden–Sydney College (H–SC) in 1847. He served on its Board of Trustees from 1851 to 1870, and Board President from 1864 to 1866. While he was at H–SC, he wrote a two-volume history of Presbyterians in Virginia; Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical (1850) and Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical, Second Series (1855). Bound in tan three quarter leather with marbled boards, page edges, and endpapers. Leather is faded, rubbed, and bumped, and paper boards are scuffed. Light scattered foxing and but text remains quite legible. Ownership signature on ffep and apparent acquisition number on next ffep. Very good copy. Measures 5.75 x 9.25 inches. 568 pages. AMERSTATE/050621. Very Good.
London: James Bowden, (1896). Hardcover. Number 322 of 500 copies signed and numbered by the author. A charming edition of this edition that the author describes as neither literature nor theology. He professes himself as having a faith that is real and concerning, and this work puts forward his views. Bound in cream cloth with a gilt version of the title page illustration by Nelly Erichsen. Spine sunned, bumping and some soiling but still very nice. Interior pages also very good with light aging to margins. Frontis portrait of Kernahan by Bertha Newcombe. Quarto. 70 pages. LIT/042721. Very Good.
Parma, Italy: Alberto Pazzoni and Paolo Monti, 1696. Hardcover. Quite scarce. Annibale Leonardelli (1623-1702) was an Italian Jesuit priest and biblical commentator. He was the author of several works on religion and morals. Bound in contemporary vellum. Binding is soiled, bumped, and missing a piece along the bottom of the front cover, revealing the board underneath. Brown leather spine label with titling. Marbled endpapers missing front free endpaper. Half title page has tear along right edge. Text pages are browned and spotted, not affecting legibility. A good copy of an uncommon book. In Italian. Measures 3 x 5.75 inches. 480 pages including index. ITALLANG/073021. Good +.
London: J. Gray, 1731. Hardcover. Scarce First English edition. Originally published by Dutch Remonstrant theologian Philip Limborch (1633-1712) in 1692. The translator, Samuel Chandler, who was vehemently anti-Catholic, added the large introduction concerning the rise and progress of persecution and the real and pretended causes of it. Bound in later full brown leather by Tonwnsend Book Bindery in New Market , VA, with gilt titling to spine. Both volumes have sunning to spines, and Volume II is also sunned on the front cover where it was exposed to light by a shorter book. Light rubbing but otherwise very good. First several pages of Volume I are waterstained along bottom right edge. Several pages in rear are lightly waterstained on top edge. Both volumes have scattered foxing not affecting legibility. With library debossed stamp. There are eight engraved plates, four of which are fold-outs all in very good condition. They depict torture, habits of penitents, standards, and processions of prisoners. A very nice copy of this classic history of the inquisition. Small quarto. Volume I: 260 pages; Volume II: 319 pages. Very Good.
Antwerp. Hardcover. Two volumes only of a four volume set. Collection of sermons and homilies written in Latin by the Italian Joseph Mansi (Giuseppe), in the late sixteenth century. Bound in full brown leather with gilt ornaments to covers and spines. Covers are bumped, and worn, spines with six compartments faded, and joints and hinges cracked. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages generally nice with some creasing and browning. Folio volumes. Volume I: 875 pages plus unpaginated indexes; Volume II: 913 pages plus unpaginated indexes. REL/081621. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1892. Hardcover. First edition. In his preface, Pennell states that he is neither a Jew hater nor a Jew lover. However, this book presents an almost consistently negative portrait of the Jewish people that he encountered. A manuscript note on the free front endpaper written by a former owner came to that conclusion as well. Also ink lettering on rear pastedown.Bound in original orange cloth with gilt titling to spine and blacktitling and image of a Jewish man on the front cover. Slight bumping. Interior pages clean. Very good plus. Measures 6 x 7.75 inches. 130 pages. REL/042821. Very Good+.
London: J. Flesher for R. Royston, 1655. Hardcover. The author John Spotswood (1565-1639) was archbishop, primate of all Scotland, and a historian of Scotland. During his illustrious career he followed James VI to England upon his succession, later crowned Charles I in 1633, and was appointed Lord Chancellor of Scotland, a position he retained until 1638. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. This dense and comprehensive history of Scotland's church is presented in seven books and is related chronologically. Bound in later three quarter black leather with brown cloth covers and six spine compartments. Light bumping and rubbing, and soiling to cloth but still very nice. Later endpapers. Interior pages are generally quite clean, with occasional spots and browning to page edges. With two illustrations of Spotswood and of Charles I. Very good condition. Folio. 546 pages + one page poem, several page tables (index), publisher's book list, plus page of errata. REL/042021. Very Good.
London: T. Cadell, W. Davies, and J. Murray, 1816. Hardcover. First edition. From title page: " With descriptions of its monumental structures, and an account of its chapels, altars, shrines, and chantries. Also comprising biographical sketches of the lives of the archbishops and deans of Canterbury; and historical notices of the celebrated Convent of Christchurch; with lists and interesting particulars of its deans, priors, and distinguished monks." This extensive history of this famed cathedral includes twenty beautiful plates of exteriors and interiors that were engraved by Woolnoth from drawings by T. Hastings. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, soiled and paper boards are scuffed and scraped. Interior pages have offsetting from the plates and browning around edges of plates, not affecting images. With book plate of John W. Davis on front pastedown along with a penciled note stating that the book was acquired at a Sotheby's sale of [?} Newman's stock of books August 1877. Folio in very good condition. Very Good.