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  1. Baralam and Yewasef.

    Baralam and Yewasef.

    Being the Ethiopic Version of a Christianized Recension of the Buddhist Legend of the Buddha and the Bodhisattva. Volume II. The Introduction, English Translation, etc.
    First edition. Volume I contained the full Ethiopic text. Better known as Barlaam and Josaphat, the legend tells of the efforts of King Abenner in India to prevent his son from converting to Christianity. The story has its origins in the life of the Buddha, first having been christianized in Georgia in the tenth century, and translated into Greek and Latin in the eleventh. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1923

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    Stock Code: 49810

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  2. Reunion by Destruction.

    Reunion by Destruction.

    Reflections on a Scheme for Church Union in South India: Addressed to the Laity.
    First edition, first impression. Pamphlet 7 of the Council for the Defence of Church Principles. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: [1943]

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    Stock Code: 49140

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  3. The Life and Times of the Rev. Samuel Wesley,

    The Life and Times of the Rev. Samuel Wesley,

    Rector of Upworth, and father of the Revs. John and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodists.
    First edition. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1866

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 47716

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  4. Let Dons Delight.

    Let Dons Delight.

    Being variations on a theme in an Oxford common-room.
    First Edition, First Impression. A mildly fantastical series of reveries of incidents dreamed by a sleeping don from 1588 to 1938 at periods of 50 years. Learn More
    £220

    Date of Publication: 1939

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    Stock Code: 46803

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  5. The Essentials of Mysticism and other essays.
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London & Toronto

    Stock Code: 46429

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  6. Autograph letter, with original captioned ink sketch, to Henry Ridgard Bagshawe.
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    Autograph letter, with original captioned ink sketch, to Henry Ridgard Bagshawe.

    A wittily satirical sketch by Pugin, the Roman Catholic architect, sent to his friend Henry Ridgard Bagshawe (1799-1870), a prominent Catholic lawyer. Bagshawe sat on the committee of the Lincoln's Inn Fields district New Church Erection Fund. That area already had the Sardinian Chapel, well-known as the oldest Roman Catholic chapel in London and restored since the Gordon Riots, but the 1840s was a time of rapid Catholic expansion and new churches were needed. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1841

    Published: Ramsgate, Kent

    Stock Code: 46369

    Signed: Yes

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  7. The Journal, with introduction by John Greenleaf Whittier.
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    The Journal, with introduction by John Greenleaf Whittier.

    First edition thus, a reprint of Woolman's journal in The Chalfont Library series, pocket editions of Quaker classics and other works. Presentation copy from Bertrand Russell to Ottoline Morrell, with his autograph gift inscription on the front free endpaper, "O.M. from B. April 1911. Studlands." Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: [1911]

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    Stock Code: 46181

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Stories from the Old Testament Retold.

    Stories from the Old Testament Retold.

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy with the author's inscription to someone with the same surname, i.e. "G[----]. Smith from the author". Woolmer notes that this is apparently bound by the Woolfs, as the wrappers appear in a number of differing colours and designs; this copy matches Woolmer's description of it. The number of copies printed is not known, although 439 copies were sold by the end of August 1923, and it was out of print in 1925, suggesting that the print-run was a small one. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1920

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    Stock Code: 46113

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  9. Summa S. Thomae

    Summa S. Thomae

    hodiernis academiarum moribus accomodata, sive Cursus theologiae ... Ad usum scholarum thomisticarum ... Editio Nova, ab Auctore aucta & emendata.
    Billuart's highly-regarded commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica was first published between 1746 and 1751. A famous preacher, Billuart defended publicly in Maastricht the doctrine of the Real Presence, reportedly silencing his Calvinist opponents by his incisive logic and extensive learning. Learn More
    £1,200

    Date of Publication: 1769

    Published: Maastricht:

    Stock Code: 19837

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