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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. 144376
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. Clergymen of the Church of England.

    London : 1866

    First and only edition, collecting Trollope's articles on the clergy of the Church of England, originally published in the Pall Mall Gazette in 1865 and 1866. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144376

  2. Dawn of the Gods.
    HAWKES, Jacquetta. Dawn of the Gods.

    London : 1969

    Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by Hawkes on the limitation leaf and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf, of this study in the emergence of the ancient gods. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144649

  3. Mahometism Fully Explained.
    RABADAN, Muhammad. Mahometism Fully Explained.


    First ever English language edition of a biography of the Prophet written by a Muslim, presenting for the first time to a European readership a sympathetic view of Muhammad himself, and of the culture of Islam. Well represented institutionally, we can trace only two complete copies at auction.

    English translation of a biography of the Prophet... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141305

  4. Bhagavad-Gita.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher, & Swami Prabhavananda (trans). Bhagavad-Gita.

    Hollywood : 1944

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mary Herbold, with gratitude and good wishes, Christopher Isherwood", and signed within this also by his fellow translator the great guru Swami Prabhavananda. This is a superb association copy of this significant English translation of this major Vedic text.

    The... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143597

  5. Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.
    YAZICIOGLU MEHMET. Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.

    Istanbul : 1880-1 CE

    Uncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, written in Arabic by the Ottoman Sufi poet Yazıcıoğlu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe") and translated into Ottoman Turkish by his younger brother Ahmed Bican. Mehmet, a native of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 122439

  6. The Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church.
    (BEWICK, Thomas.) LINGARD, John. The Antiquities of the Anglo-Saxon Church.

    Newcastle : 1806

    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 argued for an English church,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 121264

  7. 141815
    MARSILIUS OF PADUA. Opus insigne sui titulum fecit autor Defensorum Pacis,

    Basel : 1522

    First edition of the Defensor pacis, a major work of political theory, establishing the supremacy of the state over the Church, and thereby laying the foundations of modern popular sovereignty.

    Marsilius of Padua became rector of the University of Paris in 1313, where he met one of the leading Averroists of the day, John of Jandun, with whom... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141815

  8. Fust and Schöffer 48-line Bible leaf.
    BIBLE; Latin; Vulgate. Fust and Schöffer 48-line Bible leaf.

    Mainz : 1462

    A single leaf from the 48-line Bible printed at Mainz by Johann Fust and Peter Schöffer in 1462, the fourth printed Bible but the first to include information about the place of printing, the printer, and the date of publication, preceded only by the 42-line Gutenberg Bible, the 36-line Pfister Bible (Bamberg) and the 49-line Mentelin Bible (Strassburg).

    The... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144814

  9. Muslim Home.
    JAHAN, Sultan H. H., Nawab Begum of Bhopal Muslim Home.

    Calcutta : 1916

    First edition, first impression. The work, intended as the first in a series, was written "in the style of an advice manual to a newly married couple" and "was deemed so important that it was translated into English under the title Muslim Home" (Lambert-Hurley). The translation aimed to counter imperialist concepts of the supposed subjection of women... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134317

  10. Oratio Dominica.
    POLYGLOT LORD'S PRAYER. Oratio Dominica.

    London : 1700

    A remarkable publication, presenting the Lord's Prayer in over a hundred languages and dialects, a major exercise in comparative philology, and likewise offering a significant array of type specimens from multiple European and non-European languages. Wing attributes the work to the learned printer Benjamin Motte the elder.

    Alongside the major... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144536

  11. The Present State and Regulations of the Church of Russia.
    CONSETT, Thomas. The Present State and Regulations of the Church of Russia.

    London : 1729

    First edition, a collection of Russian documents in English translation, all serving the compiler's attempt to cement the reputation of Peter the Great (who had died four years earlier) as a great leader and reformer.

    Thomas Consett was the first Anglican priest of the "British Factory", the association of British merchants who were resident... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144543

  12. A Collection of Anthems used in the cathedral and collegiate churches of England and Ireland.
    VICTORIA, Queen of Great Britain - MARSHALL, William, ed. A Collection of Anthems used in the cathedral and collegiate churches of England and Ireland.

    Oxford and London : 1865

    A handsome copy of William Marshall's (1806-1875) compilation of devotional anthems, bound for Queen Victoria by R. Ingalton Drake, binder to Windsor Castle. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141789

  13. The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
    EVANS-WENTZ, Walter Yeeling. The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

    London : 1927

    First edition in English, first impression, of the "bar do thos grol", translated as "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" by the author (but not known as such in Tibet) for the similarities he found it bore with the "Egyptian Book of the Dead". This title is rare in such excellent condition.

    Walter Evans-Wentz (1878-1965) was an American anthropologist... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144464

  14. 144390
    BASKERVILLE, John (printer). The Book of Common Prayer,

    Cambridge : 1762

    Third Baskerville edition (first published in 1760), handsomely bound for Mary Stopford, Countess of Courtown (1769-1823), wife of James Stopford, 3rd Earl of Courtown, with her ink ownership inscription dated 25 February 1795 to binder's first blank, the Courtown armorial bookplate to the front pastedown, and two manuscript leaves of prayers mounted... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144390

  15. War and the Christian Faith.
    MACHEN, Arthur. War and the Christian Faith.

    London : 1918

    First and only edition in book form, written after his very successful Bowmen (1914) and at the suggestion of the acting editor of The Evening News where it was first published and where Machen worked as a reporter from 1910 to 1921.

    "Although he detested journalism, his Johnsonian manner and compelling character established him as one of Fleet... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144148

  16. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding
    QUR'AN. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding

    [Zand and Qajar Iran,]

    This Qur'an is an exquisite example of Qajar calligraphy, copied in the bold Iranian naskh most often associated with the Safavid calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi. The manuscript's illumination is extensive, elaborate, and vibrant, alive with colours and gold, rich in the exuberant luxury of Qajar decorative art. Particularly noticeable is the sheer diversity... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142205

  17. Notes on the Grammar of the Rámáyan of Tulsí Dás.
    GREAVES, Edwin. Notes on the Grammar of the Rámáyan of Tulsí Dás.

    Benares : 1895

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of the title page, "Mrs. Partridge, with best wishes, fr. the author"; this highly uncommon work concerns the Ramcharitmanas ("Sacred Lake of the Acts of Rama") by the Indian poet Tulsidas (1543?-1623), which "remains the most popular version of the story of the Hindu deity Rama"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141124

  18. Integral Yoga Hatha.
    SATCHIDANANDA, Swami. Integral Yoga Hatha.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing, paperback issue. A highly appealing presentation copy, with a typed letter signed from artist and Satchidananda devotee Peter Max to Buckminster Fuller, on Max's eye-catching Pop Art stationery, the letterhead reading "An Important Message from The World of Peter Max". In the language of the day, a deeply groovy provenance.

    Letter... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141172

  19. Think on these Things.
    KRISHNAMURTI, Jiddu. Think on these Things.

    New York : 1964

    First edition, first printing. A major presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the visionary inventor and designer Buckminster Fuller: "to Dr.Fuller, with much affection, J. Krishnamurti".

    The dust jacket bears Fuller's characteristic markings: above Krishnamurti's name on the front panel he has written in blue... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140987

  20. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.
    DULEEP SINGH - CONYBEARE, W. J., & J. S. Howson. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.

    London : 1855

    Inscribed on the first blank of volume I; "To the Revd. G. J. Colinson sic with the best wishes of Duleep Singh, Roehampton June 18 1856". This suitably soberly bound set of an early edition of a handsomely illustrated popular biographical study of the Apostle, perhaps the greatest Christian conversion narrative, may seem an apposite choice for this... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142745

  21. The Whole workes of... three worthy Martyrs,
    TYNDALE, William; John Frith; Robert Barnes. The Whole workes of... three worthy Martyrs,

    London : 1573

    First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William Tyndale, John Frith, and Robert... Learn More

    Stock Code: 77878

  22. The Holy Bible.
    (BIBLE, English.) The Holy Bible.

    London : [c.1860]

    A striking Victorian bible, attractively bound and illustrated, with copious commentary throughout. Learn More

    Stock Code: 131939

  23. Self-Interpreting Bible:
    (BIBLE, English.) BROWN, Rev. John. Self-Interpreting Bible:

    Edinburgh : [c.1890]

    An elaborately bound late nineteenth-century family Bible with chromolithographic illustrations. Learn More

    Stock Code: 111929

  24. 142381
    BUNYAN, John. The Barren Fig-Tree: or, the Doom and Downfal of the Fruitless Professor.

    London : 1709

    The stated sixth edition (though a survey of editions shows this as the seventh), first published in 1673.

    The book reflected Bunyan's "determination to give Calvinist theology a warm, evangelical face. His sermon on Luke 13:6-9, entitled The Barren Fig-Tree, included a jeremiad warning England about the peril of being a nation of fruitless... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142381

  25. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.
    GILL, Eric. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.

    Waltham St Lawrence : 1931

    Limited edition, number 454 of 500 copies on paper; 12 copies were also issued on vellum. "Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower among the best products of English romantic genius, it is also surely, thanks to its illustrator, Eric... Learn More

    Stock Code: 133103

  26. With the Pilgrims to Mecca. The Great Pilgrimage of a.h. 1319; a.d. 1902.
    KHAN, Gazanfar Ali & Wilfrid Sparroy. With the Pilgrims to Mecca. The Great Pilgrimage of a.h. 1319; a.d. 1902.

    London : 1905

    First edition of this uncommon and attractive account of the hajj. "The early 20th century saw a growth of British travel texts and religious commentaries concerned with the religion of Arabia. It was in this vein that in 1902 the Morning Post sent its 'Special Correspondent' Hadji Khan, a Persian Sufi, on the hajj to Mecca. His experiences were written... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143000

  27. The Screwtape Letters.
    LEWIS, C. S. The Screwtape Letters.

    London : 1942

    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 cramp... It almost smothered... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132223

  28. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
    MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.

    London : 1806

    Rare first and only edition of this investigation into "natural" and "artificial" subordination, and in particular into the specifically military institutions of the latter and their possible improvement. From the library of the marquess of Londonderry, an attractive copy with an excellent military provenance.

    Macdiarmid's (17791808) father... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139663

  29. The Book of Common Prayer,

    Oxford : [c.1900]

    A lovely example of Chivers's binding style utilising both their elegantly gilt-tooled morocco and hand-painted "vellucent" styles, including choice use of mother of pearl for the crucifix. This handsome copy of the Book of Common Prayer was evidently bound for presentation, with an ink gift inscription from an "Isabel" from her uncle on the binder's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139472

  30. The Heavenly Foot-Man:
    BUNYAN, John. The Heavenly Foot-Man:

    London : 1708

    Fourth edition. In 1668 Bunyan "begun to prepare 'The Heavenly Foot-Man', a sermon on the Christian life, for publication. Internal evidence suggests it may have been preached, or at least prepared for the pulpit, late in 1659 or in 1660. Directed to the spiritually indolent, the sermon urges people to repent before the day of grace has passed, a concern... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138643

  31. [Works, in Latin: Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico; Contra Apionem.]
    JOSEPHUS, Flavius. [Works, in Latin: Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico; Contra Apionem.]

    Milan : 1513/14

    First edition to add the complementary work of pseudo-Hegesippus, handsomely printed in clear Roman type for the noted Renaissance scholar and professor at Milan, Alexander Minutianus, a zealous proponent of Latin literature. It also includes a ninth-century compilation based primarily on pseudo-Hegesippus, and a list of concordances between pseudo-Hegesippus... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138817

  32. The Vision of Hades,
    POETRY. The Vision of Hades,

    London : 1825

    First complete edition, publishing the Vision of Noös for the first time, paired with the Vision of Hades, first published in 1820 and here in its second appearance. This copy has various pencilled emendations in the Vision of Noös, all stylistic rather than correcting errata, and consequently almost certainly in the hand of the anonymous author,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138867

  33. The Holy Bible,
    BIBLE; English; Authorized. The Holy Bible,

    Cambridge : 1837

    A very handsome Bible, with the presentation morocco label to front pastedown "Presented to St. Mathias's Church Richmond Hill by the Rev. Harry Dupuis B.D. 1858". Learn More

    Stock Code: 142348

  34. 141042
    GRAVES, Robert. Adam's Rib and other anomalous elements in the Hebrew Creation Myth.

    [Boissia, Clairvaux, Jura, France] : 1955

    First edition, first impression. One of 1,750 standard copies out of a total edition of 2,026. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141042

  35. The Book of Common Prayer,
    BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer,

    Oxford : 1781 [& 1772]

    A very attractive Book of Common Prayer and Psalms, in a personalized Georgian binding, the spine lettered for one "Thomas Hales Deptford", the covers resplendent with the Christogram "JHS" within richly gilt red and green onlays; a pleasing example of the expense and care dedicated to the binding of Books of Common Prayer in the period. Learn More

    Stock Code: 142110

  36. 141857
    CABONI, Maria Petronilla. De Jure Christi Domini ad regnum temporale Judaeorum

    Ascoli : 1776

    Rare second edition, with some additions. Maria Petronilla Caboni (b. 1749), a nun of the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception at Ascoli, first published this Latin dissertation on "The Right of the Lord Jesus over the Temporal Kingdom of the Jews" in 1774. The "contemporary notice of this suggests that the dissertation was written as an exercise... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141857

  37. A treatise concerning the truth of the Christian religion.
    BURNET, Gilbert; LOCKE, John. A treatise concerning the truth of the Christian religion.

    Glasgow : 1743

    First Foulis edition of both works, and the first appearance in print of Burnet treatise, with Locke's treatise originally published in his posthumous works in 1706. The terminal advertisement leaves for Robert Foulis's press are present, and include an advertisement for his upcoming edition of Plato's Republic, the first edition in English. An uncommon... Learn More

    Stock Code: 126863

  38. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.
    JUNG, Sir Nizamat. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.

    Hyderabad : 1935

    First edition, no other copy traced. Group of poems on Islamic themes dedicated to Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar - "The Premier Muslim Ruler in India". Sir Nizamat Jung Bahadur (1871-1955)was an Arab-Indian poet, lawyer and bibliophile. In 1887 he became a student at Trinity College Cambridge where he gained a B.A. and LL.B... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140973

  39. Alcorani textus universus.
    QUR'AN; Arabic & Latin; MARRICCI, Ludovico (ed.) Alcorani textus universus.

    Padua : 1698

    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 an analysis and refutation of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 115141

  40. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:
    BIRD, James. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:

    Bombay : 1847

    First and sole edition, decidedly uncommon on the market. An important early work in the transmission of information and images from the celebrated Buddhist caves of western India, in particular those at Ajanta, which he saw as repositories of universal value, mindful of "the duty imposed on us, as a nation, to preserve these relics of ancient art".... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129805

  41. Researches on the Jeynes and Boodhists;
    FRANCKLIN, William. Researches on the Jeynes and Boodhists;

    London : 1827

    First edition of a key book in the formation of the Victorian discourse about Buddhism and Brahmanism, which also includes include a discussion of serpent worship in various parts of the world.

    Francklin (1763-1839) was the son of the classical scholar and dramatist Thomas Francklin. He enjoyed a considerable reputation as an oriental scholar,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 96923

  42. The Holy Bible,
    BIBLE; English; Authorized version. The Holy Bible,

    Cambridge : 1768

    A handsomely printed Georgian Bible in a grand period binding, from the library of the prominent Liverpool merchant and slave trader John Sparling (1731-1800).

    Both volumes are lettered in gilt on the front cover "John Sparling, Esqr." with dark brown morocco labels lettered "St. Domingo House, 1790. Lancashire"; also with the armorial bookplate... Learn More

    Stock Code: 116480

  43. Good News for Modern Man.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. & Mamie Doud. Good News for Modern Man.

    New York : 1974

    Third edition, first published in 1971, this the special Eisenhower edition with wrappers featuring a portrait of Ike on the back panel with the quote beginning; "The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words", this copy inscribed on the half-title; "Merry Christmas to Dr. Hal Johnson from his friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140861

  44. The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature.
    JAMES, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature.

    London, New York and Bombay : 1902

    First edition, first impression, of one of James's masterworks, with a printed presentation slip "From the Author", from the library of the Oxford philosopher F. "Canning" S. Schiller (1864-1937), with his pencil annotations throughout.

    James focuses on four central topics: the "experiential approach and the generic meaning of religion; the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136480

  45. 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

    Stock Code: 140937

  46. The Book of Common Prayer,
    JONES, Owen (design). The Book of Common Prayer,

    London : 1845

    First Owen Jones edition of the Book of Common Prayer, "one of the most important examples of his commercial decoration" (McLean, Victorian Book Design, p.66). The impressive binding on this copy is an exquisitely preserved relievo binding executed to a design by Jones himself, the whole thus presenting a gesamtkunstwerk of Jones's vision for... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139453

  47. Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie.
    WEBER, Max. Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie.

    Tübingen : 1920-21

    First edition of Weber's monumental study of world religions, which incorporates his earlier writings on the subject, including Die protestantische Ethik und der Geist des Kapitalismus, his most controversial essay. After Weber's death on 14 June 1920, it was edited by his wife Marianne, an intellectual in her own right and early women's rights... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140886

  48. The Chester Play of the Deluge.
    GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS: JONES, David (illus.); J. Isaacs (ed.) The Chester Play of the Deluge.

    Waltham, St Lawrence : 1927

    First edition thus, first impression, one of 201 of 275 copies only. "In the opinion of some the engravings in this book are the greatest achievement of the Press" (Chanticleer). This is a retelling of the story of Noah and his Ark during the biblical deluge; the Chester version focuses on Noah's wife's reluctance to enter his Ark. The present copy... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140763

  49. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;
    HILDEBRAND, G. B. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;

    London : 1864

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon - both Library Hub and WorldCat list three locations (BL, NLS, Cambridge). The text concludes "End of Volume I", but this is all published. An extraordinary sustained exercise in apocalyptic biblical exegesis by a mind stimulated, or perhaps over-stimulated, by the ongoing war in the Crimea. The author saw... Learn More

    Stock Code: 121341

  50. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.
    SUZUKI, Diasetz Teitaro. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.

    London : 1907

    First edition, first impression, of Suzuki's first own book in English. His work aimed "to refute the many wrong opinions which are entertained by Western critics and to awake interest among scholars of comparative religion" (Preface).

    Suzuki (1870-1966) was an influential Japanese writer, whose publications on Buddhism, Zen (Chan), and Shin... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140608

  51. Palästina oder historisch-geographische Beschreibung des judischen Landes zur zeit Jesu.
    RÖHR, Johann Friedrich. Palästina oder historisch-geographische Beschreibung des judischen Landes zur zeit Jesu.

    Zeitz : 1831

    Sixth edition, "vermehrte und verbesserte" (increased and improved), originally published in 1819. Johann Friedrich Röhr (1816-1878) was a German theological Rationalist and general superintendent and chief court preacher at Weimar; he remains perhaps best known now for having delivered the sermon at Goethe's funeral in 1826. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139496

  52. Christian Morals.
    MORE, Hannah. Christian Morals.

    London : 1813

    First edition. The leading bluestocking of her generation, Hannah More (1745-1833) and her four sisters were educated so as to earn a living for themselves, and ran a very successful and well-respected boarding-school for girls in Bristol. "More's role as moral guardian of the nation became increasingly politicized as a consequence of the French Revolution.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140267

  53. On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man,
    KIDD, John. On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man,

    London : 1833

    First edition of this work by the physician John Kidd (17751851), who in his writings and lectures promoted natural sciences viewed through a religious lens. "Responding to the perceived threat of transmutationist theories Kidd's On the Adaptation sought to demonstrate the natural superiority of man to all other animals. He did not, however, provide... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140248

  54. An Essay Towards a General History of Feudal Property in Great Britain.
    DALRYMPLE, John. An Essay Towards a General History of Feudal Property in Great Britain.

    London : 1758

    Second, corrected edition, first published the previous year. John Dalrymple (1726-1810) "was an early protégé of Lord Kames and a member of a circle which included David Hume and Adam Smith and was interested in placing the study of law and legal institutions on new philosophical and historical foundations. Like these, he was an early reader of Montesquieu's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129241

  55. From the Darkness of Africa to the Light of America:
    BESOLOW, Thomas Edward. From the Darkness of Africa to the Light of America:

    Boston : 1891

    First edition thus, second overall, the earliest realistically procurable edition of the author's first book. Besolow (1857-1948) was born of Vai parents at Bendu, Liberia. He studied in America before coming back to Cape Mount, where he served as county attorney, member of the House of Representatives, and was appointed associate justice of the Supreme... Learn More

    Stock Code: 34016

  56. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.
    KNAPPEN, M. M. (ed.) ROGERS, Richard, and Samuel Ward. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.

    Chicago : 1933

    First edition, first printing. This work publishes two diaries from the late-16th century and early-17th century, along with annotations and short biographies of the two diarists. This copy from the library of the prominent authority on Elizabethan England A. L. Rowse, with his ownership signature to front pastedown and marginal lining to text in pencil.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140132

  57. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.
    WILLIS, Browne. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.

    London : 1718-9

    First editions. Educated Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, "through his father Willis inherited Whaddon Hall, where he was to live until his death, together with the adjoining manor and advowson of Bletchley. He also owned the manor of Burlton in Burghill, Herefordshire, and his estate was augmented by the dowry of 7000 obtained through his marriage...... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139647

  58. Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever.
    PRIESTLEY, Joseph. Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever.

    Birmingham : 1787

    First edition of the second part, second edition of the first part (first published in 1780). The Letters form part of a series of publications by Priestley in the last two decades of the 18th century rejecting the atheistic and sceptical philosophy then ascendant. Priestley conceived the project on his visit to Paris in 1774, where he recorded that... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136695

  59. Bibliothèque orientale.
    (KATIP ÇELEBI.) HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.

    The Hague : 1777-9.

    First published in 1697, this revised and expanded edition of d'Herbelot's monumental work is "generally considered the best" (Arcadian Library, p. 238), containing supplements by J. J. Reiske, "undoubtedly the best Arabist in Germany" (ibid.), Leiden professor H. A. Schultens, and other pre-eminent 18th-century orientalists. The Bibliothèque orientale... Learn More

    Stock Code: 117606

  60. Ars Moriendi ex.
    ARS MORIENDI. Ars Moriendi ex.

    Nuremberg : [1510]

    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. Owing to its popularity, a shorter version of Ars Moriendi was taken from the second chapter, dealing with the five temptations... Learn More

    Stock Code: 90894

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