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  1. 116480

    The Holy Bible,

    containing the Old and the New Testaments; newly translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majesty’s Special Command.
    A handsomely printed Georgian Bible in a grand period binding, with a fascinating provenance: from the library of the prominent Liverpool merchant and slave trader John Sparling (1731-1800). "John Sparling was in partnership with William Bolden in the Virginia trade from the 1750s, importing turpentine, tar and tobacco and exporting salt, hardware and woollen goods. Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1768

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 116480

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  2. 116459

    The Book of the Holy Graal.

    First edition, first impression of this collection of poetry. Arthur Edward Waite was a mystic and historian of occultism and alchemy and is most famous now for his pictorial tarot deck, designed in 1910 with Pamela Coleman Smith; however, he "was never truly an occultist: in all his work he presented himself as a non-denominational mystic" (ODNB). The publisher was the owner of Watkins Books, or, as it was then known, the "University of Rejected Sciences", a meeting place for leading occult figures. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116459

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  3. 116445

    Edmund Campion.

    First edition, first impression. A very tricky book to find in genuinely nice condition. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116445

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    Namibia.

    The story of a bishop in exile.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed "Do not walk in front of me - I may not follow / Do not walk behind me - I may not lead / Walk beside me and just be my friend / Colin Winter 31 August 1980". With a small quantity of associated correspondence, letters, with envelopes, a thank you card and two photographs laid in. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: Guildford & London

    Stock Code: 115975

    Signed: Yes

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  5. Leichter und Sicherer Weg zum Himmel.

    Leichter und Sicherer Weg zum Himmel.

    In gewissen Lebens-Reglen und beständigen Andachts-Ubungen, so auf alle Tag, Wochen, Monath, und Jahr vorgeschriben, leicht und höchst-verdienstlich können gebraucht werden. Allen ihrer ewigen Seeligkeit beflissenen Christglaubigen zu Nutzen nunmehro das achte mahl in Druck hervor gegeben, hin und wider verbesseret und vermehret.
    This Jesuit text, noted for its prescriptions regarding the use of magic, was first published in 1736. "A southern-German priest, Hermenegild Adam, wrote a book of devotional entitled An Easy and Sure Way to Heaven, which by 1771 had ten editions. If magic is suspected, Adam recommends that a priest bless the place, and then it be sprinkled with ‘Ignatius-water' or ‘Three Kings water' … or St John's wine … If a cow is bewitched, Adam recommends that it be given blest bread or salt, and fumigated daily with the smoke of blest sulphur or palm branches or herbs" (Chadwick, The Popes and European Revolution, pp. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1751

    Published: Augsburg and Wurzburg

    Stock Code: 115767

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  6. The Bible.

    The Bible.

    Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations made in divers languages. With most profitable annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appear in the epistle to the reader. [Bound with, as issued:] HERREY, Robert F. Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, or large and ample tables alphabeticall [… and:] The Whole Booke of Psalmes […].
    An interesting early Jacobean edition of the Geneva Bible, untraced in ESTC, which identifies two other 1608 printings by Barker, neither containing Herrey's Concordances or the Psalms (and each with a different collation in the main text). With the ownership inscription of noted Victorian liturgical writer and hymnologist William Winstanley Hull, signed Lincoln's Inn, to the front free endpaper, an interesting 18th-century family genealogy written on the verso of the Concordances title page, and the early ownership inscription of one Ralph Knapton to p. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1608

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115537

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  7. The Holy Bible.

    The Holy Bible.

    Containing the Old & New Testament & the Apocrypha.
    A splendidly bound and illustrated Bible. The appealing plates are mostly signed by either John Fulleylove (1845-1908), who "exhibited drawings of the Holy Land in 1902" (ODNB), or by R. Talbot Kelly (1861-1934) with the date 1896 or 1902, this last being the year that A & C Black published his popular work, Egypt Painted and Described. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: London and Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 115378

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  8. "L'Office de la semaine sainte,"

    "L'Office de la semaine sainte,"

    À l’usage de la maison du Roy. Imprimé par exprès commandement de Sa Majesté. Conformément aux breviaires et messels romain et parisien. Avec les cérémonies de l’Église.
    A beautifully presented copy of this French liturgy, from the press of the official printer to Louis XV, and attractively gilt-tooled with Bourbon insignia. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1753

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115337

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  9. Alcorani textus universus.

    Alcorani textus universus.

    Ex correctioribus Arabum exemplaribus summa fide, atque pulcherrimis characteribus descriptus, Eademque fide, ac pari diligentia ex Arabico idiomate in Latinum translatus; Apposititis unicuique capiti notis, atque refutatione: His omnibus praemissus est Prodromus Totum priorem Tomum imples, In quo contenta indicantur pagina sequenti.
    First edition of Marracci's Qur'an, "the greatest pre-modern European work of Qur'anic scholarship" (Burman). The second volume, entitled Refutatio Alcorani, comprises the second obtainable edition of the original Arabic, alongside a Latin translation considered "by far and away the best translation of the Qur'an to date" (Hamilton), and an analysis and refutation of each surah, and is preceded by the second edition of Marracci's extensive prefatory work, the Prodromus ad Refutationem Alcorani, which was first published in 1691 and includes a life of Muhammad. Learn More
    £10,500

    Date of Publication: 1698

    Published: Padua

    Stock Code: 115141

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  10. The Pilgrims Progress.

    The Pilgrims Progress.

    From This World to That Which is to Come Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream.
    First Burnand edition, handsomely bound. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: Guildford

    Stock Code: 115133

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  11. Facsimile of All Religions are One.

    Facsimile of All Religions are One.

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, in full morocco with a set of proofs showing the progressive states of the collotype process, from a total edition of 662 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy derives from the Trianon Press Archive, from the estate of Trianon publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115045

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  12. Facsimile of All Religions are One.

    Facsimile of All Religions are One.

    First edition thus, number 2 of 662 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history. He summarises the gnomic intent of Blake's early tractate thus: "Blake identifies the Poetic Genius, that is God, with ‘Divine Humanity'. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115044

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  13. 114886

    La Cité antique.

    Étude sur le culte, le droit, les institutions de la Grèce et de Rome.
    First edition of the author's best known work, published at a time of renewed interest in religious history. "Its fundamental idea is that the beliefs of man are the determinants, and even the creators, of his institutions. In the preface to La Cité antique Coulanges wrote: ‘The past never completely dies for men. Man may forget it, but he keeps it with him always. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1864

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 114886

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  14. ui1

    Ueber Toleranz und Gewissensfreyheit, nach den Grundstzen des allgemeinen und protestantischen Kirchenrechts. Nebst einer actenmssigen Erzhlung dessen, was mit dem gewesenen Prposito zu Wahren, Herrn Hermes wegen seiner ausgestreuten irrigen Lehren in Mec

    [Bound with:] HERMES, Johann August. ... Nachricht an das Publikum von dem Verfahren des Mecklenburgischen Konsistoriums gegen ihn seiner Lehrmeynungen halber nebst angehängten Auszügen aus seinen Schriften und andern dahin gehörigen Beylagen.
    First edition of two works discussing tolerance and freedom of conscience, according to the principles of general and Protestant church law, written in reply to Lüdke's 1774 work on the same subject. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1776, 1777

    Published: B

    Stock Code: 114655

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  15. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New

    The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New

    Cambridge: by J. Archdeacon and J. Burges, Printers to the University; and sold by C. Dilly, F. & C. Rivington, and B. & J. White, in London; and J. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge, 1795; [together with] The Book of Common Prayer …
    A very pretty trio of English bindings, the Bible split into Old and New Testaments, with an accompanying Book of Common Prayer. The bindings are unsigned, but good quality work. Each volume and the inside of the box have the printed labels of Sophia Atkinson, with the date 1799 added in manuscript. The endpapers have printed "Promises to be fixed at the beginning (and end) of the Bible" (Bath: printed and sold by J. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1790

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 114650

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  16. Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

    Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

    First edition, first impression. The Original Thesis was originally written in 1948 and distributed among close friends - it quickly gained attention and in 1951 received its first official publication in this scarce hardcover edition. This copy bears the corrective ink stamp to the jacket front panel and the title page, changing the address from The Hubbard Dianetic Foundation, Wichita, to a new personal address, "L. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: [1951]

    Published: Wichita, Kansas

    Stock Code: 114533

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  17. The Hind and the Panther.

    The Hind and the Panther.

    First edition, first issue, with the preliminary Leaf of Licence and no errata on p.145. Rare, only two copies of the first edition have appeared at auction in the past 24 years. The Hind and the Panther was a series of fables attempting to bring together Anglican and Catholic political interests (the Catholic Church being the Hind, the Church of England the Panther), whilst still supporting Catholic doctrine, to which Dryden himself had converted more or less simultaneously with the accession of the Catholic King James II to the throne in 1685. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1687

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114518

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  18. History of the Jews.

    History of the Jews.

    First US edition, a handsome library edition. Graetz was amongst the first historians to write a comprehensive history of the Jewish people from a Jewish perspective. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: c. 1891.

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 114352

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  19. Commentaire philosophique sur ces paroles de Jesus-Chrit sic.

    Commentaire philosophique sur ces paroles de Jesus-Chrit sic.

    Contrain-les d’entrer; où l’on prouve par plusieurs raisons démonstratives qu’il n’y a rien de plus abominable que de faire des conversions par la contrainte, & l’on refute tous les Sophismes des Convertisseurs à contrainte, & l’Apologie que s. Augustin a faite des persécutions. Traduit de l’Anglois du Sieur Jean Fox de Bruggs par M. J. F.
    First edition of Bayle's brilliant and impassionate defence of religious tolerance, a Huguenot exile's response to the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes which had been enacted the previous year. The Commentaire philosophique established its author as a defender of free conscience for all believers and for atheists. It detailed Bayle's notion of errant conscience, scandalous to Protestants, Catholics and militant atheists alike: that error believed to be truth must be allowed all the privileges of truth. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1686

    Published: Canterbury chez Thomas Litwel [but Amsterdam

    Stock Code: 114336

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  20. Essays and Reviews.

    Essays and Reviews.

    Head of front joint lightly rubbed; a very good copy.
    First edition of this groundbreaking collection of theological essays, the first assault on Biblical literalism from within the ranks of British theologians. The edifice of literalism had been crumbling for several decades, under assault from the science of Lyell and Darwin and the new Biblical criticism of Baur and Strauss at the University of Tbingen. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1860

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 114187

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