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. Réflexions sur la Question Juive.
    SARTRE, Jean-Paul. Réflexions sur la Question Juive.

    Paris : 1946

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Hommage de JP Sartre".

    Sartre's reflections on the Jewish question, written in the aftermath of the Holocaust, offers an analysis of what makes a person Jewish and the nature of the anti-Semite. In Sartre's view, a person is Jewish if they are viewed as such in the eyes... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145981

  2. Passover Haggadah.
    SZYK, Artur (illus.); ROTH, Cecil (ed.) Passover Haggadah.

    London : [1939]

    First Szyk edition, number 112 of 125 copies printed on vellum and signed by Szyk and Roth released for sale in the British Empire, with a further 125 copies issued for America.

    Artur Szyk (1894-1951) completed the illustrations for this, the most sumptuous of modern printed editions of the Haggadah, in Poland between 1934 and 1936. European... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145891

  3. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
    PULLMAN, Philip. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

    Edinburgh : 2010

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title "To Zsuzsi Roboz, from one of her happy subjects - Philip Pullman". The London-based Hungarian painter produced an important portrait of Pullman. Learn More

    Stock Code: 149873

  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 the medium"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137326

  5. Feasts and Fasts:
    NEALE, Edward Vansittart. Feasts and Fasts:

    London : 1845

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the title page, "With the author's affectionate regards". Neale (1810-1892) was a barrister and Christian Socialist, who in this work offers an account of how religious observances have been enshrined in law over time.

    The recipient, John Scott, 2nd Earl of Eldon (1805-1854), was the author's stepson;... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146001

  6. Judith.
    FLINT, William Russell (illus.) Judith.

    London : 1928

    First Flint edition, deluxe issue, number 21 of 100 copies, this copy signed by the artist, though uncalled for in the limitation; there were also 875 copies of the trade edition and 11 copies printed on vellum. The book's illustrator, William Russell Flint, contributed to a number of early 20th-century editions of the Apocrypha, and has been described... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146056

  7. The Apocrypha.
    HUGHES, Ted (presents). The Apocrypha.

    London, New York, Toronto : 1953

    A fascinating copy of the biblical Apocrypha, presented by Ted Hughes to one of two Hungarian poets, either Janos Pilinsky (1921-1981) or Janos Csokits (1928-2011), inscribed "To Janos 10th August 1960, from Ted" on the front free endpaper. Hughes has marked up sections of interest in "The Wisdom of Solomon" for the recipient's interest. Pilinszky,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131034

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

    Stock Code: 129254

  14. 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

    Stock Code: 135209

  15. 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

    Stock Code: 128976

  16. 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

    Stock Code: 128900

  17. 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

    Stock Code: 123281

  18. Edmund Campion.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion.

    London : 1947

    Second edition, with a new introduction by the author. Inscribed by Waugh on the half-title, "With happy & grateful memories of Dundee, from Evelyn Waugh. Oct 26, 1949". At the outbreak of the Second World War Waugh joined the marine infantry brigade and, after seeing action on the Libyan coast in April 1941, returned to Britain and spent about a year... Learn More

    Stock Code: 82521

  19. 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

    Stock Code: 77968

  20. 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

    Stock Code: 73675

  21. 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

    Stock Code: 67863

  22. 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... Learn More

    Stock Code: 59244

  23. Autograph letter, with original captioned ink sketch, to Henry Ridgard Bagshawe.
    PUGIN, Augustus Welby Northmore. Autograph letter, with original captioned ink sketch, to Henry Ridgard Bagshawe.

    Ramsgate, Kent : 1841

    A wittily satirical sketch by Pugin, the Roman Catholic architect, sent to his friend Henry Ridgard Bagshawe (1799-1870), a prominent Catholic lawyer. Bagshawe sat on the committee of the Lincoln's Inn Fields district New Church Erection Fund. That area already had the Sardinian Chapel, well-known as the oldest Roman Catholic chapel in London and restored... Learn More

    Stock Code: 46369

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