New York: Frederick G. Melcher, 1958. Softcover. One of 1200 copies made by Meredin Gravure for students and lovers of the literature of children. The original book was printed in Boston in 1746 by B. Gray. From the colophon: "This facsimile of the once immensely popular story book in rhyme has been photographed from the only known complete copy now in the Library of the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts." The original author stated on the title page that the book is a pleasant and profitable companion for children and was composed on purpose for their use. The text describing the life of Jesus is in verse, with woodcut illustrations interposed. Bound in cream paper wrappers with gold star ornaments. In fine condition. 3 x 4 inches. Unpaginated [48 pages]. PRI/112817. Fine.
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Lugduni [Lyon]: Apud Petrum Valfray, 1692. Hardcover. A late seventeenth century Latin liturgical book containing rites of the Catholic church, including prayers, hymns, readings, and notations for daily use. It includes a Commune Sanctorum, a collection of psalms, readings, and notes common to a category of saints. There is a ten page handwritten supplement in Latin bound in following the Commune Sanctorum, a handwritten small sheet tipped in between pages 386-387, and a clipping from another contemporary book affixed to back of title page. Bound in contemporary full leather with gilt ruling and ornaments to covers. Gilt decorated spine with five compartments. Chipping, bumping and a small crack to leather at lower edge of spine. Hinges are tender. Printed in black and red with small illustration to title page and two full page engravings. Missing free endpapers. Very good. Bookplate of previous owner affixed to front pastedown. 454 pages; Sanctorum: i-cxxx pages. REL/042415. Very Good.
World Islamic Call Society, 1989. Hardcover. Scarce and interesting item from this Islamic organization. The World Islamic Call Society was established in 1972. It was led and funded by leading elements of the Gaddafi regime and comprised 250 Islamic organizations governed by a General Congress. It is believed that the society played a double-game by promoting Libyan interests as well as acting as a religious charity. One of its main focuses was to promote a version of Islam opposed to interfaith co-existence and seeking the establishment of a single - Islamic - religion. At the end of the Libyan civil war it was announced that some elements of the society would be purged, but that it would still serve as a religious charity. The calendar text is in both Arabic and English. It begins with a mission statement and an overview of its organizational structure. The rest of the volume is a conventional calendar with two days per page. Most interesting are the 32 color photographs, of which 16 are of Muammar Gaddafi, "the muslim leader." The other photos are of mosques, meetings, and one showing "traces of an American raid on Tripoli." Bound in dark green cloth with title in silver, in English on front cover and Arablic on the rear. Nothing written in. In near fine condition. Unpaginated. Near Fine.
New York: D & J Sadlier & Co, circa 1900. Hardcover. Volume 10 only of Gerald Griffins Works: Life and Lettters. Original purple cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine. Fading to cloth on spine. Ex-library from the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation with their book plate. Aside from bookplate, the interior is clean and bright. 406 pages. REL080508. Very Good.
1859. Hardcover. Ver good. Library rebound in dark maroon leather covered boards with beautiful gilt decoration to front board. Original cloth front cover bound in. Wear to interior includes foxing throughout and one page towards middle loose. Crack to rear interior hinge. 768 pages. Religion. REL309071. Very Good.
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 -.
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.
n.p. "Printed for the Publisher" 1836. Hardcover. No author is given for this scarce work, although some bibliographic records attribute it to Erastus Brown and/or Nathan Lanesford Foster. The "other pieces" following the poem are also religous. Bound in contemporary brown cloth with no title or other information. Stained and lightly bumped. Foxed endpapers. Light horizontal creases to many of the pages not affecting legibility. Very good condition. 3.75 x 6 inches. 68 pages. REL/060616. 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.
Andover: Mark Newman, 1827. Hardcover. Second Edition. German orientalist, Johann Jahn (1750 - 1816), was a professor of theology and oriental literature. He also wrote several theological and philological works. Very good in marbled full calf with dark red title label to spine panel. Minor rubbing to hinges and edges of boards with a few creases to leather on spine. Small dampstain to both covers and darkening to spine. Small loss to leather on front cover. Bookplate of Thomas Cradock Jensen to front free endpaper. Antiquated ink signature of previous owner to front pastedown and edge of title page. Includes folding map of Palestine, which was repaired with tape along one edge at one time. The tape has since fallen off and left a small browned area. Creasing to map along edges. Browning to endpapers and minor foxing throughout. Small passage in pencil to rear free endpaper. 573 pages including an index of Bible passages illustrated or alluded to in this work. REL/052217. Very Good.