Baltimore: Excudebant Joannes Murphy et Socii, 1886. Hardcover. Scarce. Very good in original black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed emblems to boards. A few small chips to book cloth in rear hinge and rear board. A few interior splits to binding, but all pages remain bound. In Latin. 77 pages. REL/083017. Very Good.
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Hartford, CT: D.F. Robinson and H.F. Suner, 1834. Hardcover. Bound in full dark brown leather with gilt titles to spines. Wear and rubbing to hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Foxing and occasional spots of soiling throughout. Browning and offsetting to pages with engravings. The family / births/ deaths page between the old and new Testaments is blank. Includes several laid in bookmarks, pressed leaves, two certificates of merit, and a letter dated 1854 from Esther Gates of Votuntown, CT. (She died just 3 years later in 1857.) In her two page letter she describes "the ravage" - an illness that has killed multiple friends and relations in her vicinity. An attractive set despite the noted condition issues. This Bible was obviously treasured for many years. 1440 pages with 6 pages of maps and multiple engravings. This is a large set and may require an additional shipping fee. REL/051320. Very Good.
Utrecht Brussel: Uitgeerij het Spectrum, 1948. Hardcover. Dutch translation of the Bible (old and new testaments) with 3 maps bound into rear. Attractively bound in full white pigskin with red leather title label and raised bands to spine. Gilt rules and gilt device to front cover. Minor spotting and discoloration to boards and spine. Two ribbon bookmarks bound in and frayed at the ends. Full edges gilt. Clean, bright interior. 1118 pages / 330 pages. REL/122922. Very Good.
Boston: Archdiocese of Boston, 1945. Paperback. Uncommon. Maroon and gilt patterned paper wrappers. Minor dampstaining to first few pages, else clean. Filled with full page photographic illustrations of priests / friars / members from each order in Boston. An interesting comparison in uniforms worn within varying orders. 64 pages. REL/072220. Very Good.
London: Fisher, Son, & Co., n.d. [circa 1840s]. These two sumptuous volumes contain four series of fine engravings of scenes and events from both books of the bible, with two series in each. The engravings are taken from paintings by famous artists such as Rubens, Copley, Rembrandt, Poussin, Vandyke, da Vinci, Raphael, and many more. There are 30 plates in each series except for the fourth, which includes 33. The plates are accompanied by the relevant text from the bible in English, French, and German. There is also an explanation in English of the meaning of the text. Bound in pebbled black leather with gilt ornaments and rulings to covers and to ornaments and titling to spine. Leather is rubbed, abraded, and worn. Book corners are bumped, with a small piece of leather missing from the lower right corner of Volume I. Hinges slightly tender. All edges gilt. Text pages are clean with very light aging to margins. The plates are generally in nice condition; however, many have foxing or browning in their margins. Only a few of the actual engravings are also affected. A handsome set in very good condition. Quartos. First Series: 78 pages; Second Series: 78 pages; Third Series: 84 pages; Fourth Series: 92 pages. ART/090822.
Strasbourg, France: Editions du Signe, 2005. Hardcover. Thin quarto. Illustrated glossy paper covered boards with grey spine panel titled in black. White title to front board. Filled with full color illustrations. Gift inscription from previous owner in pen to front free endpaper, else clean. 120 pages. REL/071620. Fine.
Philadelphia: Soloman W. Conrad, 1821. Hardcover. Bound in full mottled leather boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Minor rubbing and wear to boards, edges, and corners. Two inch split to leather along top of front hinge. Penned ownership name to front free endpaper. Minor foxing and occasional spots of soiling to interior. 184 pages. REL/062322. Very Good.
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 -.
Steyler Verlagsbuchhandlung Kaldenkirchen, 1962. Hardcover. Thin quqrto. Includes information on missions throughout the worlds, arranged by continent. Many black and white photographic illustrations. Green leatherette boards with gilt title to spine and front board. In green dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Minor wear and chipping to edges and corners of jacket. Browning to interior, heavier on margins, but clean overall. Text in GERMAN only. 205 pages. GER/071620. Very Good / Very Good.
South Orange, NJ: Seton Hall University, 2006. Hardcover. A bound thesis. Signatures of approval included. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper. Black cloth boards with title "Jewish-Christian Studies. 2006. Akpan, Linus G" to spine and full title to front board. Minor rubbing to boards. Clean and bright. Thin quarto. 134 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Los Angeles, CA: Florence B. D'Urso, 1999. Hardcover. 4to. A book celebrating the history and beauty of liturgical vestments created and embroidered for John Cardinal Farley (1848-1918), a revered Archbishop of New York. His successor, John Cardinal O’Connor, allowed the vestments to be given to the whole church. The vestments were worn at the Vatican in 1997 at the rededication of the Chapel of Pope Nicholas V, which was decorated with frescos by Fra Angelico. The book was rebound in rich maroon full morocco with an elegant gilt double border to the front board and gilt accents to the banded spine. It is housed in a beautifully executed gold cloth covered slipcase complete with illustrated pastedown inlay, maroon silk ribbon, and title stamp matching the front board. The slipcase is exceptional, made with double-thick boards and lined internally with maroon linen. This book is internally pristine and accented with textured maroon silk endpapers, with gilt to all text edges. There are color photographic illustrations throughout showing each of the garments, with detail plates to highlight their workmanship. Also includes photos from the rededication ceremony at the Vatican. This is a finely bound gift copy of the highest quality. 96 pages. REL/051706. Fine.
Hardcover. One of 300 copies. A lovely fine press book designed by Victor Hammer and printed by Jacob Hammer. It is one volume of a beautifully presented text of the four gospels, based on the Tynsdale translation of 1526, which was the first translation of the Bible into English. According to an article by Burton Milward, “Private Press Tradition in Lexington, Kentucky,” published in 1992 in the Kentucky Review, the Anvil Press was part of the resurgence of fine press printing in Lexington, led by Joseph Graves, who was influenced and taught by Victor Hammer. The Anvil Press was unusual in that it was an association comprised of ten members, inspired and guided by Hammer and his wife, Carolyn. Their books were printed on any one of the several presses owned by members of the group, and were sold at cost. Bound in light beige paper boards with a paper spine label with title S. Luke. Covers are slightly soiled and there is darkening to the top edges of boards. Speckling and light foxing to page edges. Offsetting and light foxing to pastedowns and free endpapers. Some splits to few gutters but text block is firm. The interior is otherwise clean and bright. Pages are unopened. The title page is preceded by a pair of woodcuts from the Holkham Bible depicting Saint Luke and his symbolic representation of a Bull. Very good condition. Measures 5 x 6.5 inches. Paginated on recto only: xciii pages. PRI/120922. Very Good.
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1932. Hardcover. One of 328 copies on paper. There were also 25 copies printed on vellum. This magnificent book was one of the last issued by the Ashendene Press. In the bibliography of the Press, its founder, St John Hornby stated that "in my humble judgment it is one of the most satisfactory of the books of the Press." In his history of the Ashendene Press, Colin Franklin writes on page 187: "qualities which separately had triumphed in many Ashendene volume were assembled as before the final curtain of an opera. Short chapters and sections showed the poetic setting of Subiaco which best suited that type....Red headings and shoulder notes, frequent and varied intervals assist the reading of a miraculous text." Bound in bright orange vellum with four silk ties and gilt titling to spine. Slightest tiny wear to corners with original white vellum showing, otherwise fine. Printed on Batchelor paper in red and black with beautiful hand drawn initials in green and blue done by Graily Hewitt and his assistants Ida D. Henstock and Helen E. Hinkley. The colophon credits them along with H. Gage-Cole, the pressman, and and the compositor A.J. Fisk. Top edge is trimmed with the other edges uncut. Missing the original slipcase was nicely housed in a custom brown cloth box with gilt title to spine. A wonderful copy in fine to near fine condition. Measures 7.5 x 11.5 inches. 182 pages. PRI/011823. Fine.
Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1921. One of 236 copies on paper. There were 10 copies on vellum. This exquisite small volume from the Ashendene Press reprints the text of the original manuscript of the Life of St. Clare, written by Verino in the late 15th century and purchased by St. John Hornby, founder of the Ashendene Press in 1918. The Florentine humanist and poet Ugolino Verino was commissioned in by the sisters of the Convento di Santa Chiara Novella in Florence to write this “Life of St. Clare” in Italian. Although a biography of St. Clare of Assisi (1194–1253) had been available in Latin since the thirteenth century, this Italian version allowed members of the Order to read in the vernacular about their founder’s saintly poverty. Charles Harry St. John Hornby writes in his Ashendene Bibliography: "The original manuscript of this Life of Saint Clare, which is here printed for the first time, was purchased by me at the sale of Lord Vernon’s library at Sotheby’s in 1918. It was written at Florence on 39 leaves of vellum in a beautiful late XVth Century hand. At the sale the MS. attracted the attention of the distinguished Franciscan scholar Walter Seton, of University College, London, who asked permission to study it, as it was apparently a hitherto unknown version of the Life of St. Clare. The results of his study are summarized in the Introduction and Notes which are printed before and after the text of the MS. in this volume.". Seton's Introduction tells the history of the manuscript in Hornby's collection and also documents the life of St. Clare and the influence of Saint Francis of Assisi on her religious conversion and lifelong vow of poverty. A facsimile of the beautiful first four pages of the original manuscript is inserted after the introduction. Bound in limp vellum with gilt titling to spine and original green silk ties. Vellum has somewhat darkened but is otherwise fine. Printed in Subiaco type on hand-made paper. The rubricated portions of the manuscript are printed in red and the initials are printed in blue. Text pages are clean and bright with the slightest darkening to page edges. Small quarto measuring 6 x 8 inches. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase. Near fine. i-xvi, 96 pages. PRI/112222.
Richmond: Diocese of Richmond, 1956. Hardcover. Ex-library with removed sticker to spine, folder to rear, and markings to early pages. Tiipped-in article about the author to front free endpaper. Red cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine and emblem to front cover. Fading to spine. Clean interior aside from libary markings and browning from news article. 249 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Catholic Standard and Times, 1987. Paperback. "Mother Katharine Drexel is America's most famous nun for she seared the country's conscience on the problems of racism before equal rights was a coined expression. A stunning debutante, charismatic, a generous millionaire, she was a woman of towering idealism who worked selflessly for social justice but she was also a woman torn apart by the flaming injustices of the society in which she lived. A comprehensive, informative, compelling look at the struggles of a great woman in a pathetically unyielding milieu" (James McGrath review on rear cover). Illustrated black paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Light rubbing to covers, else clean and bright. Includes laid-in ephemera with prayer for Drexel. 104 pages. REL/061720. Fine.
Lloyd G. Barras (self published), 1993. Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Uncommon. Thick quarto. An extensive history of Catholics in this area of Louisiana. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Penned ownership markings to front endpapers. IIncludes black and white photographic illustrations and chapters on St. Charles Academy, Landry Memorial School, the Sisters' Hospital, various parishes in the area, St. Louis High School, and multiple priests. 420 pages. REL/062520. Very Good.
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1909. Hardcover. Red cloth boards white title to front cover. White titling has chipped off of spine completely and is heavily chipped on front cover. A few small dampstains to covers and spine. Occasional small spots of soiling to interior, but clean overall. 320 pages. LIT/100318. Very Good.