Religion

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to theology primarily, including holy books, writings about religion, and religious controversy.

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  1. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.

    Paris : 1962

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Pour Claudie et Claude Tardits en amical hommage, Claude Levi Strauss", and with the recipient pencil annotations. Claude Tardits (1921-2007) was a French ethnologist and anthropologist specialised in Africa, best known for his thesis on the Bamoum kingdom, published in 1980.... Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 140937

  2. Vedanta for Modern Man.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher (ed.) Vedanta for Modern Man.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the editor on the front free endpaper "To Andy, with best wishes Christopher Isherwood". An anthology of writings addressing Vedanta, the school of Hindu philosophy addressing the divine nature of man, ideas to which Isherwood was introduced by his friend Aldous Huxley, who introduced him to Swami Prabhavananda... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 138996

  3. An Enquiry into the History of Tithe,
    (TITHES.) An Enquiry into the History of Tithe,

    Dublin : 1808

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the title page "from the author 1809". The author proposes a method of reforming the tithe system in Ireland, to quieten discontent and to support both the Protestant and Catholic clergy.

    Provenance: The Lawes Agricultural Library, with their shelfmarks to front pastedown and title page and their... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 129254

  4. Twenty Drawings.
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.

    New York : 1919

    First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings, retaining some parts of the rare dust jacket laid in. "For Gibran the canvas represented another form in which his poetry could be expressed... the pieces included in Twenty Drawings clearly demonstrate the mystical qualities Gibran imbued in all his works, whatever... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 137326

  5. A Philosophicall Essay Towards an Eviction of the Being and Attributes of God.
    [WARD, Seth.] A Philosophicall Essay Towards an Eviction of the Being and Attributes of God.

    Oxford : 1652

    First edition. This was the first book (excluding his contribution to the 1644 volume Certain Disquisitions and Considerations) published by Seth Ward (1617-1689), then Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford, later bishop of Exeter and of Salisbury. The Essay is on the nature of God and the soul in general, but also constitutes... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 136679

  6. Sketch of the Sikhs;
    MALCOLM, John, Sir. Sketch of the Sikhs;

    London : 1812

    First edition of this scarce account of Sikhism, the cornerstone of later publications on the topic, annotated over four pages by a British Officer who interacted with the Sikhs during his service. This "preliminary effort" (Khurana, p. 22) on the subject sheds some light on the history of the Sikhs, their countries and government, and their religion.... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 135209

  7. Madrasiana by W. T. Munro, Philomath [pseud.].
    [TAYLOR, William.] Madrasiana by W. T. Munro, Philomath [pseud.].

    Madras : 1868

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Colonel Macdonald from the Author, Madras 24 Jany. 1871". Scarce, Library Hub cites just two copies among British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Scotland), WorldCat adds one other (Bibliothek der Franckeschen Stiftungen). 43 subscribers, including a Rev.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 128976

  8. Remarks on Lady Morgan's Statements Regarding St. Peter's Chair Preserved in the Vatican Basilic.
    WISEMAN, Nicholas. Remarks on Lady Morgan's Statements Regarding St. Peter's Chair Preserved in the Vatican Basilic.

    Rome : 1833

    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 the re-establishment of the Catholic... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 128900

  9. New Testament, in Greek.
    EMBROIDERED BINDING - RUSKIN, John (inscr.) New Testament, in Greek.

    Oxford : 1880

    An exquisite example of late Victorian embroidered binding by Helen Margaret Dixon, inscribed by John Ruskin 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; a letter survives from Severn to Dixon telling her of Ruskin's esteem for her craft.... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 128504

  10. Queer Dharma.
    GAY SUNSHINE PRESS. 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 Press books were sold to... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 123281

  11. Hope and Suffering.
    TUTU, Desmond Mpilo. Hope and Suffering.

    Grand Rapids, MI : 1984

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on Christmas Day 1984, just a few weeks after he was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning against apartheid in South Africa: "To Donald Cooke, God bless you. Thank you for your concern & support, Desmond Tutu, 25 Dec 84" (front free endpaper). Originally... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 107053

  12. My Guru and His Disciple.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. My Guru and His Disciple.

    New York : 1980

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "for Carole, with admiration from her friend Chris. June 14 1980" on the title-page. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 106764

  13. The Glory in the Garret.
    SPENCER, Walter. The Glory in the Garret.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To my colleague and friend, David R. Mace from Walter Spencer, with every kind thought. June 27th 1932." A Methodist minister's account of Christian missions among the slums of South London. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 91344

  14. Apartheid and the Archbishop.
    PATON, Alan. Apartheid and the Archbishop.

    Cape Town : 1973

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 77968

  15. On Going to Church.
    SHAW, George Bernard. On Going to Church.

    East Aurora, NY : 1896

    First edition, pirated by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft movement. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "I repudiate all responsibility for this bowdlerised piracy. Elbert Hubbard, who perpetrated it, is dead. Why not bury it with him? G. Bernard Shaw. 27/5/22." Additionally inscribed by Hubbard on the front free endpaper, "To Leonard... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 73675

  16. The Holy Places.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. The Holy Places.

    London & New York : 1953

    First US edition, signed limited issue, number 36 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 1,000 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 in 1951 with his friend Christopher... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 67863

  17. The Holy Places.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. The Holy Places.

    London : 1952

    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 in 1951 with his friend... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 63077

  18. Earthly Discourse.
    (STEINBECK, John.) WOOD, Charles Erskine Scott. Earthly Discourse.

    New York : 1937

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "To John & Carol Steinbeck in sorrow for their un-social thought and behavior, 'The Cats', Los Gatos California, November 11 1938". He has also autographed the frontispiece. Wood (1852-1944) was a writer, lawyer, and prominent supporter of radical causes, and Earthly Discourse is a collection of... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 59244

  19. The Scrolls from the Dead Sea.
    WILSON, Edmund. The Scrolls from the Dead Sea.

    New York : 1955

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Cousin Dorothy with love from Edmund Wellfleet Mass. October 19, 1955" on the front free endpaper. With a correction to the text in Wilson's hand. Dorothy Mendenhall was Wilson's cousin, a respected researcher, obstetrician, and pioneer in methods of childbirth. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 42863

  20. Sanctuary. The Path to Consciousness.
    LEWIS, Stephen, & Evan Slawson. Sanctuary. The Path to Consciousness.

    Santa Monica : 1998

    First Edition, First Printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "To Ann welcome to sanctuary Steve." Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 41634

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