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(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 : 1865A 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£500.00
Stock Code: 141789
BURNET, Gilbert; LOCKE, John. A treatise concerning the truth of the Christian religion.
Glasgow : 1743First 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£750.00
Stock Code: 126863
GISBORNE, Thomas. An Enquiry into the Duties of the Female Sex.
London : 1799Fourth edition of this conduct manual first published in 1797. In 1805, Jane Austen wrote to her sister that 'I am glad you recommended "Gisborne", for having begun, I am pleased with it, and I had quite determined not to read it'. Certainly An Enquiry would chime quite closely with Austen's own ideas, although perhaps not that novels are addictive,... Learn More£170.00
Stock Code: 141160
JUNG, Sir Nizamat. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.
Hyderabad : 1935First 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£350.00
Stock Code: 140973
(QUR'AN; Arabic & Latin.) Alcorani textus universus.
Padua : 1698First 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£10,500.00
Stock Code: 115141
GILL, Eric. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.
Waltham St Lawrence : 1931Limited edition, number 412 of 500 copies on paper (12 copies were also issued on vellum), of one of the great private press books of the century, and perhaps Gill's greatest achievement.
"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... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138545
BIRD, James. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:
Bombay : 1847First 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£6,250.00
Stock Code: 129805
FRANCKLIN, William. Researches on the Jeynes and Boodhists;
London : 1827First 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, being... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 96923
(BIBLE; English; Authorized version.) The Holy Bible,
Cambridge : 1768A handsomely printed Georgian Bible in a grand period binding. Provenance: from the library of the prominent Liverpool merchant and slave trader John Sparling (1731-1800); both volumes lettered in gilt on front cover "John Sparling, Esqr." and with dark brown morocco labels lettered "St. Domingo House, 1790. Lancashire"; armorial bookplate of William... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 116480
(EISENHOWER, Dwight D. & Mamie Doud Eisenhower) Good News for Modern Man.
New York : 1974Third edition, first published in 1971, this the special Eisenhower edition with wraps featuring a portrait of Ike on the back panel with the quote beginning; "The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilisation 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£250.00
Stock Code: 140861
JAMES, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature.
London, New York and Bombay : 1902First 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 sick... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 136480
LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.
Paris : 1962First 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
(JONES, Owen.) The Book of Common Prayer,
London : 1845First 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£3,500.00
Stock Code: 139453
(CHIVERS BINDING.) BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. 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£3,500.00
Stock Code: 139472
WEBER, Max. Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie.
Tübingen : 1920-21First 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£500.00
Stock Code: 140886
(GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS.) JONES, David (illus.), & J. Isaacs (ed.) The Chester Play of the Deluge.
Waltham, St. Lawrence : 1927First 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£2,250.00
Stock Code: 140763
HILDEBRAND, G. B. The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;
London : 1864First and only edition, extremely uncommon - both Copac and OCLC 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 the rise of... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 121341
SUZUKI, Diasetz Teitaro. Outlines of Mahâyâna Buddhism.
London : 1907First 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 were... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140608
MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
London : 1806Rare 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£850.00
Stock Code: 139663
WATTS, Alan. Does it Matter?
New York : 1970First 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£75.00
Stock Code: 140606
RÖHR, Johann Friedrich. Palästina oder historisch-geographische Beschreibung des judischen Landes zur zeit Jesu.
Zeitz : 1831Sixth 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£125.00
Stock Code: 139496
(BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.) The Book of Common Prayer,
Oxford : 1753An attractive copy of Baskett's Book of Common Prayer in contemporary streaked morocco, particularly distinguished for its elegant panelling and gauffered edges. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139566
MORE, Hannah. Christian Morals.
London : 1813First 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£175.00
Stock Code: 140267
WILBERFORCE, William. A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians,
London : 1797Third edition, following the first of the same year. "For Wilberforce, though, the nation's most pressing needs were moral and spiritual, and in April 1797 he at last completed and published A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes of this Country contrasted with Real Christianity.... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 140398
KIDD, John. On the Adaptation of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man,
London : 1833First 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£85.00
Stock Code: 140248
DALRYMPLE, John. An Essay Towards a General History of Feudal Property in Great Britain.
London : 1758Second, 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£225.00
Stock Code: 129241
BESOLOW, Thomas Edward. From the Darkness of Africa to the Light of America:
Boston : 1891First 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£300.00
Stock Code: 34016
KNAPPEN, M. M. (ed.) ROGERS, Richard, and Samuel Ward. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.
Chicago : 1933First 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£125.00
Stock Code: 140132
WILLIS, Browne. An History of the Mitred Parliamentary Abbeys, and Conventual Cathedral Churches.
London : 1718-9First 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£450.00
Stock Code: 139647
(ESSEX HOUSE PRESS.) The Psalter or Psalms of David from the Bible of Archbishop Cranmer.
London : 1902First edition, number 23 of 250 copies published on handmade paper, in a simple and attractive Guild of Handicraft binding; a further 10 copies were issued on vellum. Both the Essex House Press and The Guild of Handicraft were founded by Charles Robert Ashbee who designed the woodcuts for this edition. Ashbee founded the Essex House Press, which "came... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139752
PRIESTLEY, Joseph. Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever.
Birmingham : 1787First 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£400.00
Stock Code: 136695
(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£3,500.00
Stock Code: 117606
HULME, Frederick Edward. Myth-Land.
London : 1886First edition of this detailed and uncommon guide to mythological flora and fauna with their historical and literary context. Hulme (18411909) was a naturalist and artist best known for his richly illustrated work Familiar Wild Flowers, which was published serially from 1878 onwards, the ninth and final series issued posthumously. Hulme, however,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139387
(ARS MORIENDI.) Ars Moriendi ex.
Nuremberg : 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£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90894
GADSBY, John. My Wanderings. Being Travels in the East in 1846-47, 1850-51, 1852-53.
London : 1869-68First published in 1855, this "interesting and informative travelogue" (Toledano, p. 121) went through a huge number of editions. John Gadsby (1809-1893), described by the General Baptist Magazine as "the celebrated Eastern Traveller", was co-founder with his father William Gadsby, Strict and Particular Baptist minister, of the Gospel Standard Magazine.... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 139382
(POETRY.) The Vision of Hades,
London : 1825First 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... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 138867
MEDHORA, Dhunjeebhoy Jamsetjee. The Zoroastrian and some other Ancient Systems.
Bombay : 1886First edition of this collection of writings on Zoroastrianism and other esoteric traditions, including Christian mysticism, Rosicrucianism, and yoga. Medhora was a fellow of the Theosophical Society and wrote several works on Zoroastrianism and a number of articles on the topic for the periodical The Theosophist in 1886. Helena Blavatsky founded... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 139626
BULSTRODE, Whitelocke. Essays upon the Following Subjects.
London : 1724First edition, the presumed dedication copy to Thomas Parker (1666-1732), the first Earl of Macclesfield, with the Macclesfield library bookplate to the front pastedown (south library), blindstamp to the frontispiece and title page, pencilled shelf marks to the initial blank, and shelf labels to spine; subsequently sold as part of the celebrated sales... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139490
FRAZER, James George. The Golden Bough.
London : 1890First edition of Frazer's ground-breaking study of comparative religion. "Frazer's true subject is nothing less than humanity's long upward struggle towards an understanding of itself and the world. In Frazer's view that movement towards the light began in earliest times with the priest-king employing magic to compel the gods to do his bidding, followed... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 138045
[TRIMMER, Sarah.] New and Comprehensive Lessons; Containing a General Outline of the Old Testament; with Twenty-Four Engravings.
London : 1813First edition of the popular educationist's biblical guide for children, published posthumously as the first of two books, the second being on the New Testament. While educating her own children, Trimmer (1741-1810) became aware of the need for texts for children which would provide interesting as well as proper moral and religious instruction. After... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 117689
ISHERWOOD, Christopher (ed.) Vedanta for Modern Man.
New York : 1951First 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
PRIDEAUX, Humphrey; TADASU, Hayashi, translator. [The Life of Muhammad.] "Mahometto Den" [馬哈黙伝]
Tokyo : Meiji 9 .First edition in Japanese, being the first Japanese book on the life of the prophet Muhammad, drawn from Prideaux's The True Nature of Imposture Fully Display'd in the Life of Mahomet (1697) and translated into Japanese by Hayashi Tadasu, later Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Tadasu (1850-1913) studied in Britain from 1866 to 1868.... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 138760
QUARLES, Francis. Emblems, Divine and Moral;
London : 1723An attractive early 18th-century edition of Francis Quarles's Emblems, the most popular and frequently reprinted English emblem book since its original publication in 1634, here also including his second book, Hieroglyphikes, originally published 1638, "the most notable English version of the theme of the ages of man" (ODNB). Each... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138863
JOSEPHUS, Flavius. [Works, in Latin: Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico; Contra Apionem.]
Milan : 1513/14First 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£8,000.00
Stock Code: 138817
FICHTE, Johann Gottlieb. Die Anweisung zum seeligen Leben oder auch die Religionslehre...
Berlin : 1806First edition, publishing Fichte's lectures presented in 1806 at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, in which he justified religion within his scientific system, and in so doing so gave his most substantial exposition on the subject. "Previously dismissed from the University of Jena on charges of atheism, the philosopher again flouted authority... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 138445
BUNYAN, John. The Heavenly Foot-Man:
London : 1708Fourth 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£6,500.00
Stock Code: 138643
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. An Address to the Irish People.
London : 1890Second separate edition of Shelley's political pamphlet, first published in 1812, in support of agitation to repeal the Act of Union and to secure Catholic emancipation, energetically distributed by the young aristocrat, who threw copies at likely passers-by from his balcony in Sackville Street, tucked them into ladies' bonnets, and attempted to sell... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 137550
HOWLETT, John. An Enquiry Concerning the Influence of Tithes upon Agriculture,
London : 1801First edition of this essay by the economist John Howlett (1731-1804). "Most of Howlett's writings concentrated on the well-being of the poor, an issue for which he was well equipped as an able statistician and demographer, and inclined to see in a broader compass than many of his contemporaries" (ODNB). Howlett correctly stated the population to be... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 129256
HODGES, William. A Report of the Arguments in the case of The Queen V. The Hon. & Rev. W. Capel, as to the Rating of the Occupiers of Land and Tithe Owners.
London : 1840First edition of this legal report concerning tithe payments, now highly rare, with only the University College London copy known.
Provenance: The Lawes Agricultural Library, with their stamp to front cover and shelfmarks to front pastedown and title page. The library was assembled in the early 20th century by Sir John Russell, director of the Rothamsted... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 129255
(TITHES.) An Enquiry into the History of Tithe,
Dublin : 1808First 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 stamp... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 129254
(TITHES.) A Few Brief Hints on the Subject of Tithes.
Maidstone : 1802First edition. The anonymous author, claiming to not be a tithe holder, beseeches the men of Kent that their tithes are just. Bound in at the rear is a copy of an earlier document relating to tithes, dated 1747, and a page of notes on the price of hops. The tract is highly rare, with OCLC recording only two copies, in the British Library and the Kenneth... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 129253
LESLIE, Charles. An Essay Concerning the Divine Right of Tythes.
London : 1700First edition. Charles Leslie (1650-1722), a nonjuring Church of Ireland clergyman, poured forth a lengthy series of polemics against the Quakers around the turn of the eighteenth century. The present treatise rejects the Quaker critique of tithes, and upholds the divine right of the practice, rooting it in the law of the Old Testament.
Provenance:... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 129250
BEARBLOCK, James. A Treatise Upon Tithes:
London : 1818Fifth edition, enlarged, first published in 1805. Bearcroft offers both a defence of tithes, which had become increasingly unpopular and frequently evaded, and the method to calculate and pay the dues.
Provenance: The Lawes Agricultural Library, with their pencilled shelfmarks though without direct attribution. The library was assembled in the early... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 129243
SELDEN, John. The Historie of Tithes.
[London : 1618First edition. John Selden (1584-1654) was perhaps the most notable jurist and legal scholar of the first half of the 17th century; John Milton declared him in the Areopagitica "the chief of learned men reputed in this land". The Historie of Tithes marked a major refinement in Selden's theory and practice of history, and was meticulously researched,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129239
[DICKENS, Charles.] Sunday Under Three Heads.
London : 1836First edition of the young Dickens' pseudonymous political pamphlet defending the right of the poor man to a free Sabbath, in opposition to a proposed law (put forward by Andrew Agnew, 7th Baronet Agnew of Lochnaw) prohibiting all work and all recreation on a Sunday. Provenance: Richard Manney, book-label to chemise, sale of his library at Sotheby's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 138166
WARD, William. Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:
Serampore : 1811The first volume was first published in 1806, but no copies traced, this full edition being issued in 1811 from the Mission Press that Ward laboured so hard to establish. Extremely uncommon, just one set traced at auction, maybe 20 locations institutionally. Trained as a printer, and working in that capacity on various newspapers in the Midlands, and... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 102883
LESSIUS, Leonard. R. P. Leonardi Lessii e Societate Iesu... de iure et iustitia compendium;
Douai : 1644An apparently unrecorded abridged edition of Lessius's De Iustitia et iure, first published in this shortened form in 1634. Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 125753