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SAYERS (D.L).: Creed or Chaos? And other Essays in popular Theology
Methuen, [1947] 8vo., First Edition; red cloth, backstrip lettered in white, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly browned at backstrip. Collects seven essays. Scarce in this condition. Gilbert, A45. (Book ref. 19172) £30.00
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. PSALTER.: The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the Use of the United Church of England and Ireland: together with the Psalter. NEAR FINE COPY IN PUBLISHER'S CALF AND BRASS
G E Eyre & W. Spottiswoode, 1860 32mo., small neat contemporary inscriptions on front free endpaper and blank preliminary; original full calf, sides with brass frame enclosing multiple frame border in blind, back with five raised bands, second compartment lettered in gilt, , all edges gilt, chocolate endpapers, original and elaborate brass clasp, a near fine copy in wholly unrestored publisher's binding. A lovely, bright, crisp copy. (Book ref. 19179) £142.00
Young (K): The Drama of the Medieval Church. COMPLETE SET OF THE ORIGINAL EDITION
Clarendon Press, Oxford, [1962] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition; original black, cloth, gilt backs, a very good, bright set. Sold from an institution with its stamps and labels on endpapers and title versos. (Book ref. 19125) £144.00
HARRIS (T.M). Rev.: A Dictionary of the Natural History of the Bible; or a Description of all the Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, and Insects, Tress, Plants, Flowers, Gums, and Precious Stones. UNIQUE COPY IN NINETEENTH CENTURY ARMORIAL BINDING
Printed for T T and J Tegg, No. 73 Cheapside [and others in Glasgow and Dublin], 1833 12mo., text in double-column, with engraved title-vignette and very numerous fine woodcut illustrations in the text; handsomely bound in black full roan, sides with debossed multiple frame border stopped at corners by rosettes all in blind and enclosing Coape crest blocked in gilt, back with four raised bands, second compartment lettered in gilt, gilt edges, gilt doublures, red endpapers, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. WITH THE FINE NINETEENTH CENTURY ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE OF JAMES COAPE ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. Harris's 'Natural History' was first published in 1793. This scarce edition is, we believe, the first issue with the title 'Dictionary'. 'In the present edition of Dr. Harris's valuable work it has been deemed advisable to throw the Appendix into the general alphabet. No other alterations have been made; but some important corrections and copious additions have been introduced, both the in the body of the work and in the notes' (Advertisement following title). A DELIGHTFUL AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE COPY OF AN ELEGANT AND EXTREMELY SCARCE EDITION PRINTED AT THE CHISWICK PRESS. (Book ref. 18939) £420.00
FRAZER (J.G).: Psyche's Task. A Discourse concerning the Influence of Superstition on the Growth of Institutions. Second Edition, revised and enlarged, to which is added The Scope of Social Anthropology. An Inaugural Lecture. BEST EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO
Macmillan, 1913 8vo., Second and Best Edition; handsomely bound in blue full morocco back gilt with raised bands, uncut, a most attractively copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Frazer's Discourse alone was first published in 1909. (Book ref. 18911) £248.00
NAIRNE (A), ed.: The Book of Job. Edited with an Introduction by A. Nairne. NEAR FINE COPY
University Press, Cambridge, 1935 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper; original red cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy. (Book ref. 18872) £8.00
SOUTHERN (A.C): Elizabethan Recusant Prose 1559-1582. A historical and critical Account of the Books of the Catholic Refugees published abroad and at secret Presses in England together with an annotated Bibliography of the Same. IN THE d/w
Sands & Co., [1950] 8vo., First Edition, with plates (a number folding); original blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter lightly rubbed at edges. Uncommon in the d/w. (Book ref. 18817) £88.00
SOUTHERN (A.C): Elizabethan Recusant Prose 1559-1582. A historical and critical Account of the Books of the Catholic Refugees published abroad and at secret Presses in England together with an annotated Bibliography of the Same
Sands & Co., [1950] 8vo., First Edition, with plates (a number folding); original blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. Sold from an institution with one stamp on title. (Book ref. 18818) £48.00
OLD TESTAMENT.: Commentary on the Old Testament. SPLENDID COLLECTION IN HANDSOME BINDING
SPCK, 1879-1880 6 vols., 8vo., handsomely bound in contemporary half calf, backs gilt extra richly tooled with with raised bands, all edges gilt, a most attractive collection ideal as a gift or for presentation. The collection comprises Poetical Books (2v); The Four Gospels (1v); Acts, Epstles and Revelation (1v); The Pentateuch (1v); Historical Books (1v). (Book ref. 18810) £220.00
BLAKENEY (E.H), ed: The Canticles of the Old Testament. Arranged and edited by Edward Henry Blakeney. 100 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Swan Press, Chelsea, 1928 8vo., First Edition, on laid hand-made paper; original cloth, boards mildly age-marked (but internally crisp and clean). EDITION LIMITED TO 100 COPIES, PRINTED AND BOUND BY HAND. With the bookplate of Connaught House, University of London. (Book ref. 18809) £84.00
KELSEY (H).: St. Aidan and St. Cuthbert
Representative Church Council, Edinburgh, n.d. [c.1960] Sm. 8vo., original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 18655) £4.00
Frazer (J.G): Folk-Lore in the Old Testament. Studies in Comparative Religion Legend and Law . COMPLETE SET IN PUBLISHER'S BINDING
Macmillan, 1918 3 vols., 8vo., First Edition, free endpapers lightly browned; original green buckram, gilt backs, uncut, boards lightly chafed at extremities else a very good, bright, clean set. The original edition is elusive in this condition (Book ref. 18635) £244.00
BOOTH [W]. Gen.: In Darkest England and the Way Out. WITH ORIGINAL DONATION SLIP
International Headquarters of the Salvation Army, [1890] 8vo., First Edition, with large folding coloured chart as frontispiece, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original black cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in gilt, lemon endpapers, a remarkably well-preserved, bright, clean copy. WITH THE SEPARATELY PRINTED DONATION SLIP LOOSELY INSERTED. With 6pp Salvation Army catalogue at end. William Booth founded the Salvation Army in 1878. In 1890, the same year that Stanley published 'In Darkest Africa', he published his most important work with deliberate irony. Here he analyses the causes of the pauperism and vice of the period and proposes a remedy by ten expedients. These include land settlement, emigration, rescue work among prostitutes and at the prison-gate, the poor man's bank, and the poor man's lawyer. Copies contained a donation slip (occasionally still present as here) to raise public funds for the project. Booth's powerful arguments were convincing, money was liberally subscribed and a large part of the scheme was carried through. Printing and the Mind of Man, 560. (Book ref. 18612) £220.00
HEROLT (J). BLAND (E), intro.: Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary. IN THE d/w
Routledge, 1928 8vo., First Edition, with 8 plates; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter lightly age-browned. Published in the serues Broadway Medieval Library. (Book ref. 18293) £48.00
Farrar (F.W): The Life of Christ. Popular Edition
Cassell, 1891 8vo., with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present) and an engraved plate, neat contemporary inscription on half-title, free endpapers lightly browned; cloth, boards with multiple frame border in black, gilt back, floral endpapers, uncut, a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 18318) £52.00
BOREHAM (F.W).: When the Swans Fly High
Epworth Press, J. Alfred Sharp, [1931] 8vo., First Edition, endpapers and title lightly spotted; original blue cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in blind, backstrip lettered in gilt, a very good, firm copy. Collects twenty-four short pieces drawn from Boreham's acclaimed sermons. Uncommon in this condition. (Book ref. 18227) £24.00
BELL (A), Mrs: The Saints in Christian Art. Lives and Legends of the Evangelists, Apostles and other early Saints
George Bell, 1901 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and illustrations; original ivory cloth blocked and lettered in gilt and red, backstrip chipped with minor loss at headband else a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 18138) £44.00
BELL (A), Mrs: The Saints in Christian Art. Lives and Legends of the English Bishops and Kings, Medieval Monks and other later Saints
George Bell, 1904 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and illustrations; original ivory cloth blocked and lettered in gilt and red, backstrip chipped with minor loss at headband else a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 18137) £44.00
DIDRON [A]. DURAND (P), trans.: Manuel d'Iconographie Chretienne Grecque et Latine avec une Introduction et des Notes, traduit du Manuscrit Byzantin, le Guide de la Peinture par le Dr. Paul Durand
Imprimerie Royale, Paris, 1845 8vo., First Edition, text in French, on laid paper, free endpapers browned, some mild and generally inoffensive spotting to text; blue-grey cloth boards, back with leather label ruled and lettered in gilt, gilt top, uncut, marbled endpapers, a very good, bright, firm copy. Very scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 18088) £160.00
KEMPIS (T. a).: Of the Imitation of Christ. With an Introductory Essay on the Authorship of the Work
James Finch, 1901 8vo., on laid paper, with title and text in red and black; original red full faux-leather, upper board lettered in gilt, back with five raised bands, second compartment lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, radial corners, gilt doublures, marbled endpapers, a very good, bright, clean copy. A scarce and beautifully produced edition. (Book ref. 18033) £60.00