Bonn: Verlag von Max Cohen and Cohn, 1866. Hardcover. Ex-library with stamps to endpapers and spine. Bound in modern red cloth boards. No title to binding. Library call numbers to spine and evidence of removed title label. Wear and minor fraying to spine ends and edges of boards. Chipping and some loss to endpapers. Some pages are disbound and many splits to interior binding. Includes all 51 plates, some in color, one fold out. Text in German. Clean overall with occasional spots of foxing to text pages. Occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling (mostly to margins) of plates. Some short closed tears to edges of pages. A good reading copy. 379 pages plus 51 plates. REL/042419. Very Good.
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Nashville, TN: The A.M.E. Sunday School Union, 1957. Hardcover. Full black leather boards with gilt title "A.M.E. Discipline 1956" to spine and front cover. Gilt name of Rev. R.R. Stokes to front cover. Penned name "Stokes" to fore-edge of textblock. Pen markings to endpapers, else clean. Repair to interior front hinge. 626 pages. Size: 6 x 4 inches. REL/041619. Very Good.
Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr, circa 1900. Hardcover. First edition. Blue cloth boards with gilt title "Gallitzin Letters" to front cover, but no title to spine. Chipping to spine ends and split to book cloth along front hinge. Binding remains secure. Minor wear and chipping to edges of boards. Ex-library with stamps to endpapers and previous owner inscription to front pastedown. Occasional foxing and browning to interior, but clean overall. A few internal splits. 156 pages. REL/042619. Very Good.
Budapest: Corvina Kiado, Helikon Kiado, 1982. Hardcover. A small book: 2.75 X 4 inches. Fine in maroon velvet covered boards with gilt lettering. Text and reproductions in color. Two Papers on the Codex is separate volume, same size, in white paper wrappers. Both fit into illustrated white paper case. Wear to edges of case including closed tear and creasing. Two Papers is 170 pages; Book of Hours is unpaginated. Religion. ILL/041919. Fine.
New York: Harper & Brothers, . Hardcover. First edition, later state with later binding and 4 line dedication page. Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace published by Harper and Brothers on November 12, 1880, and considered "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century". It became a best-selling American novel, surpassing Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) in sales. The book also inspired other novels with biblical settings and was adapted for the stage and motion picture productions. Ben-Hur remained at the top of the US all-time bestseller list until the publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind in 1936 (Wikipedia). There were some issues surrounding the original binding. Apparently Mrs. Wallace objected to its floral decorative cloth. The first edition was issued in a series which the Harpers were then publishing. It was bound in cadet-blue cloth, and decorated with clusters of flowers in red, blue, and green on the front cover and a vase of flowers in the same colors on the back cover. Harpers apparently retaliated at Susan Wallace's objections over the binding. In the next two binding states (all first editions), the text was bound in drab, brown mesh cloth over beveled boards [Binding State 2] and brown pebbled cloth over beveled boards [Binding State 3]. (Wikipedia) This copy is an octavo in a later binding of dark blue cloth with gilt titling and a striking gilt star on the front cover. Wear and fraying to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Bump / chip to edge of front board. Minor rubbing and soiling to boards. Interior pages show some aging but clean overall. On one page a quote is bracketed in pen with an asterisk. Previous owner's signature in pencil to front free endpaper. Some pulling to signatures but text block is tight. In very good condition. 560 pages plus 16 pages of advertisements. LIT/041919. Very Good.