New York: Sunday-School Union. Hardcover. No Date, circa 19th century. 32mo. Very good- in faded purple boards. Tiny volume about 4"x3". Minor damp staining thoughout though mostly to end pages and margins. Light foxing. Text is bright. Icludes frontis. 64 pages. Religion. REL11212. Very GoodVery Good -.
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New York: Abraham Paul, 1825. Hardcover. Very good in modern rebinding, black cloth with gilt lettering. The extra sheet is bound at the front of the volume, and contains An Essay On the Necessity of regularly reading the Arguments of the Reformers, in the Methodist Episcopal Church, in order to form a correct judgment concerning them. Foxing. Religion. REL1/5160. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, (1855). Hardcover. Small quarto. Very Good in original red cloth with gilt lettering. Some darkening to spine and edges of boards, corners and spine ends rubbed. Previous owner's name on early blank page. Small closed tear to front free end page. Light browning to edges of pages. Sporadic foxing though text remains clean and bright. Illustrations throughout. 256 pages. Religion. REL1/04121. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Joseph Rakestraw (tract 2), 1820 and 1822. Hardcover. Second tract published by Joseph Rakestraw. RARE AMERICANA. This volume includes two tracts written in 1820 and 1822 that provide an engrossing account of an important debate of the day on whether the Bible requires the observance of the Sabbath and, if so, whether it is proper for a civil government to enforce this observance. Tract one reprints the text of an essay appearing in the Boston Patriot that holds the position that the enforcement of the Sabbath is “not warrantable from Scripture.” It is followed by two responses in disagreement. The second tract of essays on the Sabbath’s observance first reprints the Boston Patriot essay, and then prints several essays for and against the position of the writer in the Boston Patriot. Both tracts are in very good condition, with aging and some foxing. The front and rear pages of tract two are more heavily foxed. There is also foxing to the front and rear pastedowns. In a later black cloth binding with very light bumping and rubbing and the gilt title “Sunday Police” to front board. Tract one: 36 pages; tract two: 48 pages. 12mo. Black cloth boards with gilt title to front board. AMHIST/022609. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1898. Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Brown leather backed maroon cloth boards with gilt title to front board. Inch long tear in bookcloth to rear board near spine. Minor rubbing to boards and bumping to corners. Pages are edged in gilt. Minor chipping to edges of some pages. Front hinge is starting. Secure binding. Interior has minor foxing. Illustration has been taped to verso of title page. One page has browning to lower left corner as a result of a previous owner attempting to tape the page back in. Page has now be expertly reatached to book. Includes related ephemera. 51 pp. PA/113004. Very Good.
circa 1875. Hardcover. A collection of works in Latin, Italian, and English regarding the Catholic Church: "De Intolerantia Catholica seu de Sententia "Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus" Dissertatio Theologica" Taurini: Ex Tip. A. Vecco et Sociorum, 1868 (142 pages); "Lucubratio Prima de Sacra Hebraeorum et Christianorum Monarchia et de Infallibili in Utraque Magisterio ex Divina Scriptura et Vetusta Synagogae et Ecclesiae Traditione Comprobatis" by Prof. aloisium Vincenzi. Rome: Typis Bernardi Morini, 1872 (84 pages); "Lucubratio Altera de Persona Cephae ab apostolo paulo reprehensi distincta a simone petro seu Jacobus Cephas et Joannes" by Prof. Aloisium Vincenzi. Rome: Typis Bernardi Morini, 1872 (pages 87 - 201 plus index); "Enchiridion ad Sacrarum Disciplinarum Cultores Accommodatum" Rome: Ex Typographia Polyglotta, 1877 (83 pages); Sermon at the Month's Mind of the Most Rev. M.J. Spalding DD., Archbishop of Baltimore, Preached in the Church of the American College, by the Very Rev. Dr. Chatard, Rector, March 7th, 1872" Rome: Press of the S.C. of Propaganda Fide, 1872 (30 pages); "S. Peter's Roman Pontificate" no date (pages 345 - 357); "Accademia Poliglotta che gli alunni del pontificio collegio urbano de propaganda fide dedicano al sommo pontefice Pio IX nel faustissimo giorno del suo giubbileo episcopale" Rome: Tipografia Poliglotta, 1877 (30 pages); "Pontificium Collegium Urbanum de Propaganda Fide" 1875 (15 pages); "De Rom. Pontificis Iure appelationes excipiendi dissertatio proposita" Rome: Ex Typographia Polyglotta, 1878 (44 pages); "Memorie Storiche della Basilica Costantiniana dei SS XII Apostoli di Roma e dei nuovi suoi ristauri " by Fr. Giovanni Antonio Bonelli, Rome: Coi Tipi del Salviucci, 1879 (92 pages); "Effect on the World of the Restoration of the Canon Law; Being a Vindication of the Catholic Church against a Priest" by D. Urquhart, London: Diplomatic Office of Review, 1869 (78 pages). The works are all bound in a three quarter vellum binding with marbled paper covered boards and leather title label to spine. Short splits to vellum along top of boh hinges, but binding remains secure. Ex-library with a call number to the spine. Chipping and wear to paper along edges of boards and where it overlaps vellum. Previous owner signature and stamp to early pages. There is a hand written table of contents to the rear. Offsetting and a few small chips to endpapers. Minor browning to margins and a few pen markings, but clean overall. REL/082616. Very Good.
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.