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  1. 132175
    First edition, first impression. Taking the form of a series of letters between an experienced devil and a subordinate, The Screwtape Letters addresses numerous questions of Christian theology. Though the book sparkles with wit, Lewis found its composition difficult and unpleasant: "The strain produced a sort of spiritual... Learn More
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  2. 133743
    First trade edition of this wonderful example of Victorian book production. Longman employed the finest wood-engravers of the day and the project was overseen by the antiquary and illuminator Henry Shaw (1800-1873): "He provided initials and ornament for the prestigious New Testament published by Longman in 1864 with engravings... Learn More
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  3. 133632detail
    Second Baskerville edition (first published the previous year), this the preferred of two impressions, with the lozenge-and-star border framing each page. John Baskerville (1706-1775) was the most significant English typographer of the 18th century, and the typeface that carries his name remains widely in use today. Baskerville... Learn More
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  4. 133166
    First and only edition, no other copy traced. Green - who styles himself L.T., perhaps "lay teacher"? - opens with what he evidently felt was a clear statement of the underlying principle of his publication; "Seven is composed of the first two numbers, equal and unequal, three and four; for the number two consisting of... Learn More
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  5. 132174
    The magnificent Paris edition of the works of St Cyril of Alexandria produced by the consortium of printers and booksellers formed in November 1582 to publish the works of the church fathers. The text is founded on the translation from Greek into Latin of Gentian Hervetus. Cyril of Alexandria (c.378444) was bishop of Alexandria... Learn More
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  6. 125275
    A collection of religious tracts, predominantly Scottish imprints and mostly dating from the last decade of the 18th century, and bound soon after. The collection provides a valuable illustration of popular theology of the time, with many of the works present going through many editions, while two of the works are apparently... Learn More
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  7. 131698comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "For Marie with best wishes Alan Watts", on the front free endpaper. This is Watts's "manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence" (jacket blurb), exploring the self's relation to the universe and drawing on the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to... Learn More
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  8. 131540
    A scarce signed cabinet photo of renowned occultist and founder of theosophy Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891); auction records recording no comparable examples. This photo, often referred to as the "Sphinx" portrait, shows Blavatsky in her most common pose, with her head resting on her hand gazing directly to the viewer. It... Learn More
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  9. 131423
    First edition, first printing, of the author's final book, published posthumously. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. Watts had intended further chapters on what Taoism could offer Western civilization, but died before he could... Learn More
    £75

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  10. 131426
    First edition, first printing. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. In this, his fourth book, the author accounts for how Eastern philosophy and religion can provide happiness for the Western individual. Learn More
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  11. 131427
    First edition, first printing. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. In the present work he outlines the need to blend Western Christianity with Eastern metaphysics. Learn More
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  12. 131429
    First UK edition, first impression. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. In this work, he outlines his view that the Western individual's alienation from nature has led to sexual anxiety, which can be cured through Eastern philosophy.... Learn More
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  13. 131431
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of essays on mankind's relationship with the natural environment. Alan W. Watts (1915-1973) was a seminal figure in the dissemination and popularization of Eastern philosophy throughout the West. Learn More
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  14. 131939
    A striking Victorian bible, attractively bound and illustrated, with copious commentary throughout. Learn More
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  15. 128504
    An exquisite example of late Victorian embroidered binding by Helen Margaret Dixon, in excellent condition. Inscribed by John Ruskin, expressing his admiration, to the rear endpaper: "much admired by yours truly John Ruskin, 25th June 93". The binding was shown to Ruskin by his cousin Joan Severn at Brantwood that month,... Learn More
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  16. 131795
    The first American facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible, the second overall following the German Insel Verlag facsimile of 1913-14; one of 1,000 unnumbered copies. The Gutenberg Bible was the first complete book printed from moveable type, published in Mainz in 1455. This facsimile was derived from the Insel Verlgag facsimile,... Learn More
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  17. 131215
    First edition of the Macklin Bible, "the most ambitious edition produced in Britain, often pirated but never rivalled" (ODNB). This vast undertaking, dedicated to the king, was published in 70 parts, each at 1 1s. (Lowndes). Macklin (1752-1800) issued his prospectus for the bible in 1789; he commissioned new type, new paper,... Learn More
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  18. 130297
    Second edition, first published the same year, and one of several editions published in 1774. "After the death of his wife, on 29 September 1761, Gregory wrote A Father's Legacy to his Daughters to relieve his loneliness and to record her opinions about the education of their two surviving daughters... He may have incorporated... Learn More
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  19. 130510
    First edition, first printing, of this expansive photographic collection of Gothic sculpture. This work, which crucially combines architectural elements of art history with their contextual social history, highlights the rich material culture found within and without medieval places of worship. Lester Burbank Bridaham (1899-1992)... Learn More
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  20. 124800
    First edition, uncommon, no copy traced on OCLC. A superb example in the elaborate provincial publisher's binding. Following the enactment of Nicholas II's ukase On Tolerance Development in 1905, which lightened strictures on the observances of the Old Believers, Uralsk merchant Andrey Vasillievich Simakov established the... Learn More
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  21. 129216
    First French edition, translated from the English by Daniel de Larroque, following the London edition of 1697. "Prideaux 1648-1724 lamented how many Deists had charged Christianity with imposture, and he meant to hold up Islam as an actual fraud against which Christianity's legitimacy would become more apparent. Knowing... Learn More
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  22. Alcorani textus universus.
    First edition of Marracci's Qur'an, "the greatest pre-modern European work of Qur'anic scholarship" (Burman). The second volume, "Refutatio Alcorani", comprises the second obtainable edition of the original Arabic, a Latin translation considered "by far and away the best translation of the Qur'an to date" (Hamilton), and... Learn More
    £10,500

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  23. 125082
    A single paper leaf from the 1462 Fust and Schoeffer Bible, being the text of II Chronicles, chapter 17, commencing at the end of verse 13, leading through to the end of verse 17. The Fust and Schoeffer bible was the fourth bible ever printed, following Gutenberg's bible in circa 1455, and two others circa 1460. It was the... Learn More
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  24. 104633
    First edition. "The format shows that this volume consists of two distinct bodies of work, i.e., one that is the unfinished work on the church written about 1809-1813, the other the stricture on the National School Society, apparently drafted later as an appendix to the Chrestomathia" (Chuo). Learn More
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  25. 123344
    First edition. A politician and Quaker leader during the English Civil War and Interregnum, Alexander Jaffray represented Aberdeen in parliament between 1644 and 1650 and was one of the covenanter commissioners sent to the Netherlands to negotiate with Charles II. He was later held prisoner by the English for six months... Learn More
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  26. 128900comp
    First separate publication, following appearance in an English periodical. Presentation copy, inscribed on the title page: "Charles Weld from his friend the author", with Weld's signature in pencil underneath. Nicholas Wiseman (1802- 865) was an Irish Cardinal, who in 1850 became the first Archbishop of Westminster upon... Learn More
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  27. 128761
    First edition of Donne's first published book (though written after Biathanatos), an argument for conformity by English Catholics. A desirable copy with a rich provenance: from the Buxton family library at Shadwell Park, Norfolk, with book label dated 1842; subsequent collectors' book labels and plates of Clarence S. Bemens,... Learn More
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  28. 125600
    A handsomely bound copy of the psalms, with the name and mayoral title of Thomas Staniforth (1735-1803) emblazoned on the front cover in gilt, dated 1797. Staniforth, a former slave-trader and merchant, was elected Major of Liverpool in 1797, a post he held until the following year. It is probable that the book was presented... Learn More
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  29. 123783
    The first printing of the Hawaiian church's founding constitution, the text of which "was drawn up in Boston just prior to the departure of the first American Protestant missionaries to Hawaii. Although issued without an imprint or colophon it can be dated to 1830. The last signatures on this are those of the Third Company... Learn More
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  30. 126891
    First edition in French, first published in Latin in 1705, an English edition was published in 1712, and a German in 1715. "Edited by David Durand this important work by the Dutch orientalist Reeland sets out to correct misconceptions in the popular about Islam, and to bring a better understanding of it. The work was based... Learn More
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  31. 126552detail
    First edition thus, with the plates after two of the finest French illustrators of the period, Marillier and Monsiau, presented here in the superior quarto issue. This is a beautiful set bound by Charles Hering (d. 1809), "the artistic successor to Roger Payne, the doyen of English bookbinders" (Judith Goldstein Marks,... Learn More
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  32. 43623
    First edition thus. Scarce, one copy only on OCLC, at Harvard. Extracted from the Bulletin de l'Alliance Israélite Universelle, paginated pp. 48-162, this copy has the MS notation "Edition corrigée" to the upper wrap. Based in Paris, the Alliance, the first international Jewish organization, advocated the emancipation... Learn More
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  33. 90894
    First of three Latin editions printed by Weissenburger. The book derives from the Tractatus (or Speculum) artis bene moriendi, composed in 1415 by an anonymous Dominican friar, probably at the request of the Council of Constance. The Ars Morienda is taken from the second chapter of that work, and deals with the five temptations... Learn More
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  34. 125483
    A pleasing and fairly typical example of the distinctively Scottish herringbone binding style. The style was established by 1725 and was in decline by the late 1770s. The herringbone consists of a vertical stem placed in the centre of the cover with "ribs" of paired tools placed symmetrically on either side. A variety of... Learn More
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  35. 122082
    Seventh edition of this biography of Muhammad, first published in 1697. Prideaux intended his polemic against the Prophet to counter the growth of deism, by paralleling the movement with the rise of early Islam. Despite its zealous tone, Prideaux's tract shows the influence of recent Arabic scholarship, especially the work... Learn More
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  36. 119977comp
    Inscribed by the author on the second blank, "Truly yours, Mark Twain, Dec /08". Uncommon inscribed, with five other copies traced at auction. Clemens often signed works under both his pseudonym and as Clemens; this novel is the only work to be published under the alternate pseudonym of Louis de Conte. Originally published... Learn More
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  37. 124609
    A finely bound hymn book produced by the distinguished Florentine booksellers, binders and paper makers Giulio Giannini and aimed directly at the high-end Grand Tour market. Founded originally in 1856 by Pietro Giannini (1811-1882), the business was radically transformed by his son Giulio Sr. (1853-1931) who concentrated... Learn More
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  38. Litterae iaponicae annorum M.DC.IX et X. ad R. admodum piae mem. P. Claudium Aquavivam generalem praepositum Societatis Iesu A.R.P. Provinciali eiusdem in Iapone Societ. missae.
    Second Latin edition of this relation concerning the Jesuit mission to Japan during the years 1609 and 1610, the first Italian edition was published by Bartolomeo Zanetti in Rome, 1615, and the first Latin edition, translated by Halloix, appeared in Douai, 1615. The report was addressed to the Superior General of the order,... Learn More
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  39. 123696
    A handsomely bound copy of Ranke's classic work in which he coined the term "Counter-Reformation", first published in German in 1834-6 and first translated into English by Sarah Austin in 1840. Learn More
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  40. 63077comp
    First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 1 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 950 copies. The Holy Places is based on an article Waugh wrote for Life magazine, "The Plight of the Holy Places," (24 December 1951) after visiting Israel Palestine... Learn More
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  41. 118255
    Editio princeps, a wide-margined copy of the handsomely printed first edition in the original Greek, providing a comprehensive history of the Jews from Creation to the end of the war with Rome (70 CE). The printed work is taken from manuscripts in the library of Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, for whom the editor Arlenius was... Learn More
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  42. 108480
    First edition of the Roman Catholic version of the Bible, the Old Testament in a contemporary Douai binding, presentation copy from John Knatchbull, vice-president of the English College at Douai to Lady Joanna Berkeley (1555/6-1616), abbess of the Benedictine Convent of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady, Brussels, with... Learn More
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  43. 117515
    First edition of this political tract, published in the years preceding the Mexican War of Independence, in an unusually excellent and richly decorated Mexican binding. Fernandez de San Salvador (1756-1842), was a writer and lawyer devotedly loyal to the Old Regime and the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII. The first of these... Learn More
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  44. 123382
    First edition thus, from the library of Thomas Robert Malthus's daughter-in-law, with gift inscriptions at the head of the titles "Sophia M. F. Otter from her Grandfather 1823". Sophia Marian Frances Otter was daughter of William Otter, bishop of Chichester. As an undergraduate Otter befriended Malthus and accompanied him... Learn More
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  45. 123281

    Queer Dharma.

    San Francisco: 1998-2000

    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, of this unprecedented anthology of gay Buddhist writing. This copy derives from the personal collection of editor and publisher Winston Leyland, with his inscription "Winston Leyland July 2017" to both title pages. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine... Learn More
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  46. 123277
    First Flint edition. A very attractively illustrated and printed copy of the first book book published by the Medici Society, in a fine binding. This edition of the Song of Songs was first published in 1909 in extra crown quarto by Riccardi Press Books. Learn More
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  47. 117626
    First and apparently only edition, scarce, only one copy traced in auction records. Pool had previously been a missionary in India. His book is notable for its description of the Liverpool Muslim Institute, the first functioning mosque in Britain, founded by convert William Qulliam in 1889; Pool visited at Quilliam's personal... Learn More
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  48. 117634
    Third edition, revised and enlarged, originally published 1874 from a series of lectures delivered at the Royal Institution the same year. From the library of British colonial officer and Arabist Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a bookplate noting his wife's bequest of his collection to Bath Public Library in 1920,... Learn More
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  49. 121264
    First edition of the first work of John Lingard (1771-1851), Roman Catholic priest and historian, "a work which reveals him to be a moderate upholder of the Catholic cisalpine and Gallican tradition of historical scholarship. In this work he sought to oppose the errors of a generation of protestant Anglo-Saxon scholars who... Learn More
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  50. 121094
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 356 of 500 copies printed on handmade paper; a further 12 copies were printed on vellum, of which 10 were for sale. The Book of Genesis "constitutes Cayley Robinson's finest achievement as a book illustrator" (ODNB). Cayley Robinson's The Death of Abel, reproduced as the third plate... Learn More
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  51. 117410
    First edition of Knight's biography of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who first visited England in 1498, later spending a number of years Cambridge. This copy with the frontispiece and plates listed in the list of cuts, with the additional plates as called for in Lowndes. Samuel Knight was an English clergyman and... Learn More
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  52. 117580
    First edition, rare, no copy listed at auction since 1914. "A Muslim modernist and orthodox Shi'i, Ali was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries a leading polemicist of Islam. His message was both for his co-religionists and for the British. In his publications, notably his Spirit of Islam (1891), developed from his... Learn More
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  53. 116480
    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... Learn More
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  54. The Holy Bible.

    The Holy Bible.

    London and New York: c.1957

    Fourth Collins edition. A handsomely bound copy of The Bible. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 97102

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  55. 117162
    Deluxe limited issue, number 19 of 20 copies printed on handmade paper and bound in morocco from an edition of 250. The rest of the edition comprises ten copies printed on vellum and bound in morocco, and 240 copies printed on handmade paper of which 20 were bound in morocco, 100 in vellum and 120 in quarter forrel. This... Learn More
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  56. 114886
    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... Learn More
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  57. 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... Learn More
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  58. The Bible.
    An interesting early Jacobean edition of the Geneva Bible, untraced in ESTC, which identifies two other 1608 printings by Barker, neither accompanied by 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... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 115537

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  59. The Holy Bible,

    The Holy Bible,

    Edinburgh: 1806

    A charming Georgian-era Scottish Bible. The publisher Sir David Hunter Blair, 3rd Baronet of Dunskey, succeeded his father, Edinburgh banker and provost James Hunter, in the "Old Corruption" post of King's Printer, in 1787. He is also noted for having built Blairquhan Castle, Ayrshire, in 1821. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 114870

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  60. ui1
    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

    Stock Code: 114655

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