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The Gnosis of the Mind.  Echoes from the Gnosis.  Volume I.
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The Gnosis of the Mind. Echoes from the Gnosis. Volume I.

By Mead, George R. S.

London and Benares: he Theosophical Publishing Society,, 1906. First edition. Hardcover. Good + condition. First volume, complete in itself, of a series pertaining to a 19th century interpretation of the Gnostics, by the British author, historian and influential member of the Theosophical Society, George Mead. Mead's interpretation influenced writers such as Hermann Hesse, Ezra Pound and W. B. Yeats, as well as Carl Jung. 24mo, 69 pp. Original green cloth covers, titled in white on spine. Spine slightly rubbed, text evenly toned as is normal with this paper, period ink inscription at front end paper. OCLC: 13297326.

$75.00

Histoire des Hérésies et des Hérétiques qui ont troublé l' Eglise depuis la Naissance de Jésus-Christ jusques à présent
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Histoire des Hérésies et des Hérétiques qui ont troublé l' Eglise depuis la Naissance de Jésus-Christ jusques à présent

By Carel de Sainte Garde, Jacques

Paris: Chez Claude Barbin, 1697. Hardcover. Internally Good +. Scarce work on Christian heresy by the French poet Carel de Sainte Garde, which examines heretical movements from the Scribes and Pharisees to the Quietists of France in the 1670s and 1680s. "Presbyteriens" and Quakers are also included here, with descriptions of the persecution of several Quakers, including founder George Fox, Syndercomb, and "Margeuritte Fett (sic)" (Fox's wife). With an interesting period manuscript annotation at the rear end paper pertaining to 2 specific beliefs of Tatian (Tatien), an Assyrian Christian theologian of the 2nd century. These are: Tatien's condemnation of marriage as nothing more than an invention of the devil; and his rejection of drinking wine, as an evil which resulted in Lot's committing incest with his two daughters (see p62). 4to, iv, [14], 496 pp. Each chapter with ornate engraved headpieces. In the original full leather binding, with ornate gilt decoration, and oval gilt device with 3 fleur de lys at front board. Full French mottled calf, bold dentelles. Severely damaged at edges. Internally bright and clean, damp mark visible in gutter in last 70 pages. Front end papers lacking; the text remarkably bright and clean. As is. OCLC: 457276735 records 4 copies, the National Library of France, Besancon, Beziers, and Bibliotheque Sainte Genevieve.

$450.00

Casgliad o hymnau o'r awdwyr goreu : yn cynnwys dros ddau gant a hanner o rai newyddion ; yn ffurf corff o dduwinyddiaeth, ac ar fesurau atebol, gan mwyaf, i lyfr tonau Dr. Rippon
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Casgliad o hymnau o'r awdwyr goreu : yn cynnwys dros ddau gant a hanner o rai newyddion ; yn ffurf corff o dduwinyddiaeth, ac ar fesurau atebol, gan mwyaf, i lyfr tonau Dr. Rippon

By Harris, Gan J.

Utica: W.C. Rogers, 1838. First American edition arranged by W.H. Thomas. Hardcover. Otherwise very good condition. A Welsh hymnal. "A collection of hymns from the best writers..." First published in Swansea 1824. 32mo, full calf with gilt decoration on spine and board edges, 573pp. Front hinge tender but holding, board edges rubbed, boards marked. Internal pages have fox spotting, very legible, tear out of page 251 reaching into text. With the owners name stamped at the front board: David D. Williams. OCLC: 20837076 at 4 libraries.

$95.00

Divine Attributes and Evidence of Revelations - two manuscript notebooks
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Divine Attributes and Evidence of Revelations - two manuscript notebooks

By [Anon]

1820. Paperback. Very good condition. Two homemade notebooks with handwritten questions and answers on the topic of theology. The first book of 59 pages asks the questions, "What is theology?" "How can the existence of a God be demonstrated?" The second notebook (46pp) starts with question 10: "How can it be proved that the Sacred Scriptures contain a divine revelation?" An educated person's exercise, written in an elegant hand by an unknown author. Two notebooks 6 1/2 x 8", string tied, some marks on covers, slt rubbing at top of vol 1, internally clean.

$175.00

The Rhode Island Cottage, or A Gift for the Children of Sorrow: A Narrative of Facts.  By a Clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church
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The Rhode Island Cottage, or A Gift for the Children of Sorrow: A Narrative of Facts. By a Clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church

By Richmond, James Cook, 1808-1866

New York: Swords, Stanford, and Co., 1835. First edition. Hardcover. Otherwise very good condition. Beautiful engraved frontispiece view of a bucolic scene, a gabled roof cottage with cattle and a vista of the water. Drawn by Lieut. Harwood, Engraved at J. Andrews. Includes a biography of the poet Cynthia Taggart [1801-1849] with some of her letters and poems. Manuscript presentation to S. R. Johnson by Mrs. J. B. Britten Aug. 30. 1838 with secondary 1878 inscription. 16mo, 108pp, maroon cloth faded to brown at spine, spine chipped at head/foot, title piece on front cover. Scattered fox spotting at endpapers, internally clean. Sabin 71140. OCLC: 12527185 at 12 libraries.

$125.00

A Dissertation on the Oriental Trinities Extracted from the Fourth and Fifth Volumes of Indian Antiquities

By Maurice, Thomas

London: H. L. Galabin, 1800. Limited edition. Hardcover. Good + overall. Work by the English oriental scholar noted for studies of India, which helped make Eastern religion accessible to the public. The two page 'Advertisement' states "Only 250 copies are printed off". 8vo, copper engraved folding frontispiece, vii, 458pp, 4 folding plates. Three quarter dark brown gilt leather and marbled boards. Boards slightly rubbed. Internally, front marbled end paper detached, chipped at edges, loosely inserted. Deaccessed from the Library of Xavier Union, and Library of Catholic Club, with 2 labels at front paste down and stamp at title page. Folding plates bright and clean. OCLC: 437772789 records 2 copies, King's College and University of Philosophical Research.

$175.00

Halley's Comet and Anti-Semitism in 1493, in the Liber chronicarum- Nuremberg Chronicle, an individual page from the Chronicle
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Halley's Comet and Anti-Semitism in 1493, in the Liber chronicarum- Nuremberg Chronicle, an individual page from the Chronicle

By Schedel, Hartmann; Wolgemuth, Michel and Pleydenwurff, Wilhelm (ills)

Germany: Anton Koberger, 1493. First edition. Very good condition. This print depicts the alleged ritual murder of the child Simon of Trent (Italy), a boy whose murder was blamed on the city's Jewish leaders, based on his body being allegedly found in a Jewish home, and the forced confessions of Jews who were tortured. The entire Jewish community of Trent was forced to admit to "blood libel" the accusation that because of Jewish hatred for Christianity, Jews allegedly murdered Christian children in order to use their blood for religious rituals. Fifteen of the Jewish leaders were sentenced to death and burned at the stake, and the trial gave rise to Christian violence against Jews. The verso is illustrated with 3 wood cuts, including Halley's Comet, which Edmond Halley, English astronomer, predicted would return every 76 years. The other two wood cuts depict Christian, King of Denmark, Sweden and Norway; and Hercules, Duke of Ferrara. This work by Schedel [1440-1514] is an illustrated world history which is based on the Bible, which follows the story of human history related in the Bible and includes the histories of a number of important Western cities. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel it appeared in 1493. It is a well documented incunabulum, one of the first to successfully combine illustrations and text. This epic history divides human history into seven ages. Published and printed by Anton Koberger, the godfather of Albrecht Durer and the most successful German publisher of his day. The woodcut illustrations were made in the workshop of Michael Wolgemut [1434 - 1519], with an unprecedented number of 1,809 illustrations. These wood blocks include views of cities and towns, battles, kings, and saints. Some images represent actual cities, and other images are purely imaginative. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b&w.

$700.00

The Zand I Javit Sheda Dad or the Pahlavi Version of the Avesta Vendidad, the text prescribed for the B.A. and M.A. examinations of the University of Bombay

By Darab Dastur Peshotan Sanjana, ed

Bombay, India: Education Society's Steam Press, 1895. Hardcover. Good - overall. Presentation copy with tipped in real albumen portrait of E. W. West (1824 - 1905), and dedication page tipped in, dedicating the work to Sanjana's father and to E. W. West. West was a prominent English orientalist and translator of Zoroastrian texts, who prepared the Pahlavi texts ('Marvels of Zoroastrianism') for Prof. Muller's 'Sacred Books of the East' series. Muller's monumental work is the English translation of essential sacred texts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and Islam. The Vendidad is an important cultural and ethical moral guide for Zoroastrians, a collection of texts including prayers, myths and religious observances. In part, it describes various sources of evil, and ways to defend against them. With tipped in albumen portrait of E. W. West, with printed signature, and dated June 6th, 1895. Pencil notations in the text pertaining to translation of a term for 'deceased' (xlviii); pen hand written notation in Persian on verso of xlix. Tall 4to, [14]pp, xlix, 229pp. Spine chipped; internally, first signatures detached but present, otherwise, a good copy, the text bright and clean. OCLC: 257853627.

$225.00

An History of Muhammedanism: Comprising the Life and Character of the Arabian Prophet, and the Succinct Accounts of the Empires Founded by the Muhammedan Arms: an Inquiry into the Theology, Morality, Laws, Literature, and Usages of the Muselmans, and a View of the Present State and Extent of the Muhammedan Religion

By Mills, Charles

London: Black, Kingsbury, Parbury and Allen, 1818. Second edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. The Second Edition, Revised and Augmented. (1st edition 1817). A work which includes a biography of the prophet of Islam; an account of the empires founded by Muslims; the moral and judicial codes of Islam; the literature of the Turks & Saracens; and a contemporary view of the influence of Islam. 8vo, xxi, 484pp, edges marbled. An extremely clean copy bound in original full brown tree calf, spine with raised bands and gilt decorated compartments, marbled end papers. Spine gently rubbed at top compartment; front board cracked along top edge of spine. OCLC: 3944775.

$225.00

Three Colonies of Australia: New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia. Their Pastures, Copper Mines, & Gold Fields
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Three Colonies of Australia: New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia. Their Pastures, Copper Mines, & Gold Fields

By Sidney, Samuel

London: Ingram, Cooke, and Co., 1853. Second edition. Hardcover. Good -. Lacks map. Second and best edition.  8vo, viii + 412pp. Frontispiece and b&w ills and plates in text. Red cloth w/ gold stamping on front and spine. g- spine faded, minor chipping at top and bottom of spine.

$75.00

History of the School of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in the City of New-York, from 1633 to the Present Time

By Dunshee, Henry Webb

New York: John A. Gray, 1853. Hardcover. Good + overall. Signed Presentation Copy by author. With an introduction by Rev. Thomas De Witt, D.D. With the author's hand written note in ink on p112: "1841 Removed to 160 W 29 & the course of study was considerably enlarged". OCLC 1148938.

$45.00

Five Discourses on the Sabbath Preached at Durham, NY
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Five Discourses on the Sabbath Preached at Durham, NY

By Williston, Seth

Albany: E & E Hosford, 1813. First edition. Hardcover. Otherwise very good condition. An early Albany imprint of five discussions on the Sabbath. On verso of title page: "The author has secured no copy right, yet he trusts that if any one should think this work worthy of a second edition, he will forbear to reprint it, until the present edition, which is large, shall be disposed of. Books can be had at any time of the Printers of the work at Albany, or of the Author at Durham." Brown leather, black spine label with gilt title, 144pp, spine tips chipped, even toning to text.

$45.00

Le Nouveau Testament de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ, en Francais, sur la Vulgate. Traduction de L. M. De Sacy. Revue sur les meilleures editions
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Le Nouveau Testament de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ, en Francais, sur la Vulgate. Traduction de L. M. De Sacy. Revue sur les meilleures editions

By [Bible; Le Maistre de Sacy, Isaac Louis]

Boston: De l'imprimerie de J. T. Buckingham, 1810. First American edition. Hardcover. Good + condition. Two volumes bound in one, of the first American edition of a complete translation of the New Testament into French. This is the translation of Louis Isaac Lemaistre de Sacy, French priest best known for his 1667 to 1696 translation of the Bible, the most widespread French Bible in the 18th century, known as the Bible de Port Royal. 8vo. Vol I: vii, 403pp; Vol II: 5- 326pp, [1]p errata. Full brown gilt calf, gilt decorations at spine; title panel rubbed. Spine chipped at ends, boards rubbed. Internally, text slightly toned, scattered fox spotting. Period signature at front end paper, Charles Drake. OCLC: 50011302.

$750.00

Twelve Sermons Preached at the New Jerusalem Temple, in Red-Cross-Street, near Cripplegate, London [with] 1903 pamphlet, "A Brief View of the New Jerusalem"
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Twelve Sermons Preached at the New Jerusalem Temple, in Red-Cross-Street, near Cripplegate, London [with] 1903 pamphlet, "A Brief View of the New Jerusalem"

By Sibly, Manoah

London: R. Hindmarsh, 1840. Hardcover. Very good condition. Sibly [1757 - 1840] was a Swedenborgian, or follower of the writings of the 18th century theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. He became very involved in the New Christian Church in 1787 and managed a congregation by 1790. He was responsible for much of the liturgy of the New Church and hence the sermons in this volume, each paginated individually. Sermons titles include: The Creation of Man by the Triune God, and his Prerogatives Defined, 26pp [2 ads]; The Christian's Golden Chain; or the Divine Human Titles of the Lord, 27pp, [1 ads]; The Lord's Thirst on the Cross and Laying Down His Life, 23pp, [1 ads]; The Cause of the Lord's Sufferings, and the True Nature of the Atonement, 24pp, [1 ads]; Spiritual Magnetism or the Nature of that Faith which Removes Mountains, 22pp, [2 ads]; Simon Sifted by Satan as Wheat and Upheld by the Lord, 26pp, [2 ads]; Sin Against the Holy Ghost, 23pp, [1 ads]; Encouragement for Babes in the Church, 24pp; Elijah Fed by Ravens, 25pp, [2 ads]; The Lord Passing By Before Elijah, 24pp; The Destruction of Babylon, it's Nature and Effects, 25pp, [2 ads]; Death a Continuation of Life, 25pp. Book plate reads "Case Shelf 1--3 Robert Carter". An interesting manuscript inscription on ffep, "The property of Joseph Leigh of Ports - procured from England put and kept in circulation for the Benefit of Mankind New Church... Anno ?? Old Church .... 1797. Portsmouth New Hampshire". 8vo, brown leather spine and boards with Sibly's Sermons on red title label on spine. Each sermon with its own title page, numbered individually bound together, with advertising, each with original publication date as well as 1840. Spine leather cracked at base, rubbed at foot, otherwise very clean. OCLC: 9264272 at 6 libraries. [with] A Brief View of the Heavenly Doctrines Revealed in the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg', by C. Th. Odhner. Second edition, 1903. 16mo, 103pp, 8pp ads. Gray paper wraps, very good condition.

$275.00

History of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, New York; 1783 - 1956

By Brooks, Mrs. C. Arthur (ed.), Lewis, George

Monroe, NY, 1956. Paperback. Good + overall. The first coordinated effort to describe the history of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe as a chronology, and the people who had a strong impact on the foundation of the church to '...pass on to those who follow, a sense of responsibility that what has been wrought by prayer, toil and sacrifice may inspire others...' Pale blue card covers with illustration on front, contents, forward, 320pp, 67pp index of mimeographed text, staple bound. Cover is dusty, slt. ruffled, closed tear on spine, interior clean and bright.

$75.00

My New Gospel
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My New Gospel

By Miyazaki, Toranosuke

Tokyo: New Gospel Society Publishing House, 1910. Hardcover. Very good condition. Miyazaki was a self styled Japanese prophet who called himself the "Messiah Buddha" and who taught a mixture of Christianity and Buddhism and prophesied a world of peace, once unified by him, the Prophet. Presentation copy, signed by the author and the translator: "Presented to David Williams, Takahashi Goro. Engineer Lieut. Commander M. Fuimori (Timori?), I J N (Imperial Japanese Navy). With a full page letter signed by Miyazaki loosely inserted, dated 13th Feb. 1912. The letter, written in English, is addressed to Mr. Williams and thanks him for "your kind notice bestowed upon my religious work while you were in Japan, my country". Small 8vo, iv, 234pp. Gold gilt cloth. OCLC: 22639943.

$250.00

Illuminated vellum leaf from a French Psalter
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Illuminated vellum leaf from a French Psalter

1415. Very good overall. Text in Latin with decorated initial capitals and a vine and flower decoration in the upper and lower margins. The Initial capital in gold with additional blue & red decoration and include the letters N, U, C, S and B. Text on the verso also with decorated initial caps, but no flower and vine decoration. 4 1/8 x 6". Slt. smudge on lower left corner.

$950.00

The Voice of the I Am.  Depression era cult Periodical
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The Voice of the I Am. Depression era cult Periodical

By [California; Cult Periodical] Ballard, Guy; Edna Wheeler Ballard, Donald Ballard

Los Angeles: Saint Germain Press, 1946. Hardcover. Very good condition. A complete run of the first series of the monthly periodical (not including the year 1937) of a distinctive Los Angeles based movement founded in the depths of the Depression by two self described "angels". The "I Am" movement offered a tantalizing blend of money making tips and promises of healing the sick, along with stories of space travel, and of course, the approaching end of the world, to a gullible public. Converts were enrolled by mail and many turned over their assets to the movement's immortal leaders. Guy Ballard (1878-1939) and his wife Edna (1886-1971) were the movement founders. Ballard died in 1939; in 1940 wife Edna and son Donald were indicted on charges of fraud for fleecing followers of about $3 million. Their case, United States v. Ballard (1944) is an important case in cult crime litigation. It was an appeal of the conviction of the Ballards for fraudulently seeking and collecting donations on the basis of religious claims that the defendants themselves did not believe. The US Supreme Court held that the question of whether the defendants believed their religious claims shouldn't have been submitted to a jury in the first place. The Court arrived at this conclusion in part because of the principle of freedom of religious belief. The Court found that it didn't matter whether Ballard could really heal the sick or not; as a religious leader, the only significant point was whether Ballard himself believed that he could heal the sick. The movement originally boasted about one million followers, and still exists today. Its parent organization is the Saint Germain Foundation, which claims approximately 300 local groups worldwide ("I AM" Sanctuary, "I AM" Temple), with a "spiritual, educational and practical" purpose. In the US the movement has reading rooms in several cities; its main centers are in Mt. Shasta, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Includes the very first Special Number, February 1936. Housed in 10 green cloth self binders, with gilt titles at spines. Owner signature at front paste down. Each monthly issue approximately 36pp, with color printed stiff paper wrappers bound in. A few gold stars laid down in margins by previous owner, not affecting text. Individual issues in very good condition, spine separated (present) on Vol. 39. OCLC locates no complete runs of this periodical. Hamilton College has the most complete run with "1936 -1946, 1948 - 1993, scattered holdings"

$3000.00

Le Missioni Cattoliche Bullettino Settimanale Illustrato Dell'Opera La Propagazione Della Fede, Anno Primo
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Le Missioni Cattoliche Bullettino Settimanale Illustrato Dell'Opera La Propagazione Della Fede, Anno Primo

Milan: Arcivescovile di G. B. Pogliani & C., 1872. Hardcover. Good + overall. The first complete year of the weekly Catholic Mission bulletin, a compilation of 39 issues written in Italian, with entries and news from around the world, including Australia, illustrated with many impressive wood block engravings. It includes a three quarter column printed report on the Queensland missions, and a woodblock engraving of Maryborough, Queensland, showing the harbor with vessels at the dock (p229). There is also material on missions throughout Australia, along with a woodblock of the Chiesa della Villa Maria in Sydney (p108). Ex library copy with stamp of Fr. Joachim Guerrini, O.S.F. Concessis and St. Francis Seraphic Seminary. Small folio, 3/4 black leather and brown cloth, marbled endpapers, 464pp, b&w woodblock engravings, 2 folding maps printed on thick wove paper of China (Carte du Kouy-Tcheou, Carte du Kiang-Nan). Spine edges rubbed, cloth covers rippled and marked. Interior clean, foredges toned, early pages chipped at edge not interfering with text.

$225.00

Le Missioni Cattoliche Bullettino Settimanale Illustrato Dell'Opera La Propagazione Della Fede, Anno Quinto
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Le Missioni Cattoliche Bullettino Settimanale Illustrato Dell'Opera La Propagazione Della Fede, Anno Quinto

Milan: Tipografia di S.Giuseppe Via S. Calocero, 1876. Hardcover. Very good condition. The fifth complete year of the weekly Catholic Mission bulletin, a compilation of 52 issues written in Italian, with entries and news from around the world (China, Australia, Madagascar, Constantinople, Canada, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Tibet...) illustrated with many impressive wood block engravings. Illustrations in this volume include many of China and New Zealand: Chiesa di S. Michele Hu-Nan (p303); La Cannossiane in Hong Kong (p585); Nuova Zelanda, Un Gran Capo Maori (p332) and two views of Auckland, Strada ferrata di Vaikato (p464) and Veduto del Porto (p465). Ex library copy with stamp of St. Francis Seraphic Seminary. Small folio, 3/4 black leather and brown cloth, marbled endpapers, 620pp, b&w illustrations. Spine edges rubbed, chip at foot, cloth covers marked. Interior clean, the plates bright and fresh.

$225.00

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