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A Commentary on the Three Catholick Epistles of St.John: In Agreement with the Ancientest Records of Christianity now extant.
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A Commentary on the Three Catholick Epistles of St.John: In Agreement with the Ancientest Records of Christianity now extant.

By William Whiston

London : Printed for J Senex and W Taylor, 1719 An extremely scarce original copy of William Whiston's work on the Catholic Epistles of St John, Whiston (1667-1752) was a mathematician, theologian and historian - known particularly for his role in the institution of the Longitude Act. He succeeded Isaac Newton as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, but lost the post because of his unorthodox religious views. He published a number of religious works, based on his researches into early Christianity. This copy is bound in later marbled paper, which is sound, if slightly dog-eared. There is an ink '2' to the top of the title page. Contents with decorative headpieces and initial capitals. Text pp 3-93; appendix 94-125; publisher's list 3pp. There is a small burn in the outer margin of pp 4-6; some greek annotation at p 120; and an ink '11' at the bottom of the final page of the catalogue.

$156.52

A Vindication of the Sibylline Oracles. To which are added The Genuine Oracles themselves; with their Ancient Citations from them; in their Originals, and in English: and a few brief notes
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A Vindication of the Sibylline Oracles. To which are added The Genuine Oracles themselves; with their Ancient Citations from them; in their Originals, and in English: and a few brief notes

By William Whiston [with John Floyer]

London: Printed for the Author, 1715 An extremely rare 1st edition copy of William Whiston's work on the Sibylline Oracles. Whiston (1667-1752) was a mathematician, theologian and historian - known particularly for his role in the institution of the Longitude Act. He succeeded Isaac Newton as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, but lost the post because of his unorthodox religious views, which he expressed widely. The majority of scholars at the time believed the Sibylline Oracles to be christian compositions, but Whiston, together with John Floyer, who published his translation of the Oracles in 1713, asserted them to be 'true prophecy' and divinely inspired. The Oracles section of the work is based on Floyer's translation. This copy is bound in two separate parts in later marbled paper wraps. The section containing the Oracles in greek with english translation and notes, which should come after the title page and dedication, is bound separately with its half title. The wraps are probably 1800's and are complete with crinkled edges. Main book: title page, with reinforcement to side and relaid at some point on heavier paper; dedication to Richard Bentley; Vindication with decorative headpiece and initial capital - text pp 5-80; corollaries from the whole pp 81-86; decorative tailpiece; Advert 1p; finis. Oracles: half title in greek and english with blind stamp to top and repaired tear to bottom; text in greek and english with decorative headpiece and initial capital 103pp Finis. The main book is clean and in good condition with the occasional spot. Oracles are more stained - with a prominent stain in the gutter spreading to text particularly around pp 64-80 and occasional marking. The text is clean and clear with occasional very pale underlining.

$365.20

The Historie of the Holy Warre. The Holy State. The Profane State
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The Historie of the Holy Warre. The Holy State. The Profane State

By Thomas Fuller

London : Printed by R D forJohn Williams, 1652 A fair copy of Thomas Fuller's Historie of the Holy Warre, bound with his Holy State and Profane State. Classed as 'fair' because the binding has wear and the Holy Warre has a very old replacement title page and lacks the 'declaration of the frontispiece'. With folding map, decorative frontispiece/title page, and 20 engraved portraits and decorative initial capitals. The full leather binding has contemporary calf boards which have reinforced and repaired corners to the front board, and worn corners and edges to the back board. A new spine was added, probably in the 1800's and this is worn with some splitting to spine joints - particularly at the front. Internally there is a bookplate of Chelsea Public Libraries to the front pastedown with a note that this book was donated by Mrs Rutson. Contents: folding map (some repair); decorative frontispiece/title page (with browning, some dog-earing, and trimming); hand-drawn replica title page - including a very good drawing of the crown - which assumes that the edition is the 3rd edition - when it is probably 4th; text in 5 books - 286pp (browning to some sections, p207 with wrinkled edges; some spotting in Bk V); Preface to the Chronologie 1p; Table 20pp; Catalogue of authors 2pp; table index 6pp; Finis. Blank leaf. Decorative title page - The Holy State 1648; further title page - 3rd edition 1652; To the Reader 2pp; Index 2pp; text in 4 books with 17 engraved portraits (some damage to side margins with no text loss pp 17-33, Chelsea stamp to bottom margin p100, p122 some spot damage has affected small areas of text); title page 'The Profane State' 1652; text pp 343-510 with 3 engraved portraits (Chelsea stamp in margin p510); Finis (some staining to the bottom page edges of Profane State can be seen in bottom margin from time to time). Overall contents clean and most pages in good nearing very good condition.

$652.15

Testamenti Veteris sive, Libri Canonici Priscae Indeorum Ecclesiae a Deo traditi, Latini recens ex Hebraeo facti, brevibrisque Scholiis illustrati ab Immanuele Tremellio & Franciso Junio,
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Testamenti Veteris sive, Libri Canonici Priscae Indeorum Ecclesiae a Deo traditi, Latini recens ex Hebraeo facti, brevibrisque Scholiis illustrati ab Immanuele Tremellio & Franciso Junio,

By Immanuel Tremellius, Franciscus Junius, Theodore Beza

Londini: N Guliel, 1593 A good copy of the 3rd edition of what was considered to be a ground-breaking protestant version of the Bible. Immanuel Tremellius, a convert from Judaism to Christianity and then to Calvinism, worked with his son-in-law Franciscus Junius, on the translation. The New Testament is laid out in 2 columns, the first with Tremellius' interpretation and the second with Theodore Beza's. Beza did not believe that Jerome was the translator of the Vulgate and instead used Erasmus' writings - so this version allows a comparison between the two. It was first published in 1579 and by 1764 had gone through 33 different printings. This copy is in a full leather binding probably dating from the late 1700's/early 1800's but retaining some leather from an earlier binding. It is complete but the boards are attached to the spine by the sewing and the leather has split. The spine, with title label and raised bands is scuffed, particularly at the top and the boards have a lot of scuffing and wear. The contents are complete and in very good condition. The endpapers are marbledc and there is a small ink inscription from 1814 on the second iniitial blank, and a further signature from 1832 on the 3rd initial blank. Contents: decorative title page 1593; dedication 1p; preface 4pp; lectori 1p; Text 'Primus Liber' pp 1-177 (stain in bottom corner p 129); blank; title page Pars Secunda; preface 4pp; text pp1-104 (with numbering only on facing pages); blank; title page Pars Tertia; preface 4pp; text pp 1-75 (numbering on facing pages only)(stain 1cm x 3 cm extending from gutter pp 15-17 affecting a small piece of text; p 24 has a historic page repair in silk thread); title page Pars Quarti; preface 2pp; text pp 5-130 (no text missing - page numbering on both sides of paper); blank; title page Libri Apocryphi Sive Appendix testamenti Veteris ad Canonem 1592; preface 4pp; text p 4-74 (pages numbered on face only); title page D N Jesu Christi Testamentum Novum Sive Foedus Novum, Franciscus Junius 1592; dedication 2pp; note re translation 1p; contents and note 1p; text in dual columns pp 1-187 (page numbers on face only)(repaired page tear bottom margin p177); Prolegomena 2pp; Apocalypsis pp 189-198; final blank. Contents very clean - some occasional staining to top page margin. A very nice copy.

$1434.73

Memoires de Luther ecrits par lui-meme, traduite et mis en ordre par M Michelet, suivis d'un essai sur L'Histoire de la Religion, et des Biographies de Wicliff, Jean Hus, Erasme, Melanchton, Hutten, et autres predecesseurs et contemporains de Luther
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Memoires de Luther ecrits par lui-meme, traduite et mis en ordre par M Michelet, suivis d'un essai sur L'Histoire de la Religion, et des Biographies de Wicliff, Jean Hus, Erasme, Melanchton, Hutten, et autres predecesseurs et contemporains de Luther

By Martin Luther, M Michelet [trans]

PARIS : L Hachette, 1837 A VG copy in 2 volumes. In half leather binding with gilt compartments, title labels and gilt numerals to spine, and marbled boards. Boards, endpapers and page edges marbled. Vol I 368pp plus errata; Vol II 366pp plus errata. Bindings have a little wear to edges, including the top and bottom of the spine, and corners. Contents clean with light foxing and browning at the beginning and end of both volumes and occasional light spotting elsewhere.

$52.17

The Waters of the Earth
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The Waters of the Earth

By Anonymous

London: Religious Tract Society A VG copy of this relatively scarce book. Undated but with a tipped in note that this (and others) were given as presents on January 2nd 1851. A lovely little book, written from the perspective that nature and its intricacies were daily evidence of the work of God. With descriptions of water in many forms - from Niagara Falls to dewdrops. In the original decorative cloth binding with gilt design and titles to front board and gilt titles to spine and blind stamped decoration to both boards. All page edges gilt. With numerous black and white engravings. The binding is in very good clean and bright condition, with a little fading to the spine and a little bumping to corners. The original endpapers are present with a little marking and a presentation slip pasted in at the front. The text is clean and bright. Small light book - please enquire if you would like us to assess postage at cost.

$19.56

Historiarum Memorabilium ex Genesi descriptio per Gulielmum Paradinum; Historiarum Memorabilium ex Exodo, sequentibusq; libris descriptio, Per Gulielmum Borluyt
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Historiarum Memorabilium ex Genesi descriptio per Gulielmum Paradinum; Historiarum Memorabilium ex Exodo, sequentibusq; libris descriptio, Per Gulielmum Borluyt

By Gulielmum Paradinum; Gulielmum Borluyt

Lugduni [Lyon] : Ioan Tornaesium, 1558 An extremely rare early work comprising verse on sections of Genesis and of Exodus bound together with extensive woodcut illustrations by Bernard Saloman, a french painter, draftsman and engraver. In part contemporary binding with leather over wooden boards, with a supplementary leather 'folder' binding probably from the 1800's to protect it. With blank leaves interwoven which have been filled with annotations from the various owners - including some musical notation and an ink drawing. 230 illustrations/designs. The book was initially owned by Joannes-Daniel Baro, Winnenberg. There is a coloured armorial device pasted inside the front board and some note pages that look to have been authored by him. From our research he looks to have been a Justice/local official. There is ownership marking from Antonius Thonnar Prior, Pastor Stabulensis, 28 January 1749. Numerous other owners have made notes - some scholarly, some reflective, some of the 'I am practising writing' variety. Most notes are in latin, with some greek. Extensive work was done in the 1800's probably by Arthur Dalrymple whose armorial bookplate is on the inside of the newer leather folder (which has marbled paper, blind stamping to the boards and red title labels). This work replaced the spine and recovered the wooden boards. The original leather was then laid over and from what remains, it clearly had an elaborate gold design and a large crest in the middle of the front board. Internally new endpapers were added and some pages repaired or reinforced. There are 2 title pages for the works, both dated 1558. The binding and folder are in good to very good condition. The folder is a little worn and the binding is missing a small bit of leather - but the folder has clearly done its job to protect it. The contents have some browning and obviously a lot of annotation - mostly on the notes pages. Some of the pages are becoming very fragile; one has a section cut out without loss of text; and some are cropped but again do not appear to have lost text. Some images will be posted with this listing, but we will be happy to provide more on request as the nature of this work makes it difficult to describe fully.

$1304.30

The Black Non=Conformist, discover'd in More Naked Truth: proving that Excommunication and Confirmation, The Two Great Episcopal Appurtenances; And Diocesan Bishops, Are (as now in Use) of Human Make and Shape;
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The Black Non=Conformist, discover'd in More Naked Truth: proving that Excommunication and Confirmation, The Two Great Episcopal Appurtenances; And Diocesan Bishops, Are (as now in Use) of Human Make and Shape;

By Edmund Hickeringill

London : G Larkin, Richard Janeway, 1682 An extremely rare work by Hickeringill - a man with an interesting history. HIckeringill - 1631-1708 is recorded as fighting as a Roundhead in the Civil War, moving to and living in Jamaica, and being ordained after brief spells as a Baptist, Quaker, and Deist. He became Rector of All-Saints in Colchester and had to pay substantial damages to the Bishop of London for slander - being excluded from his living for 3 years as a consequence. He was convicted of forgery in 1707. This work is 'dedicated to the Archbishop of Canterbury, with all modesty and submission'. It covers excommunication and the various causes of it. To say that it is argumentative is an understatement. A sample from the title page reads 'shewing also that, religion, religion, that should have been the world's great blessing, is become the plague of mankind, and the curse of christendom,...' . In old but not contemporary black leather and marbled board binding with gilt lettering to spine. With title page, dedication, Introduction (these total 18pp), chapters, true table of fees, and postcript. With decorative initial capitals.The binding is sound but with wear to spine joints, edges and corners. Internally there is some damp staining to the title page, and occasionally to the bottom outer corner of pages, not affecting text. The odd page has slight loss from the bottom corner. There is occasional pencil annotation in the margins. With an impressive red leather bookplate of Edward ?Hailstone, and the small bookplate of the Reverend Wm Major Scott MA on the front pastedown, and a pencil signature to the fep. Pages generally clean but with some browning and marking.

$163.04

Plants of the Holy Land with their Fruits and Flowers
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Plants of the Holy Land with their Fruits and Flowers

By Henry S Osborn

Philadelphia: J B Lippincott & Co, 1861 A fair copy of this work, first published in 1860. In original green decorative cloth binding with recessed panels to both boards enclosing a gilt picture of a plant, and heavy gilt decoration to the rest of the boards and the spine; with bevelled edges to boards. Aeg. The author illustrated the work with 6 colour plates printed by T Sinclair in Philadelphia and with a number of black and white illustrations. The binding is bright but the spine is detaching at the front hinge and there is wear to corners and top and bottom of the spine and some edges. There are a couple of marks.The original endpapers are present and are clean bar a small ex libris Cohen stamp to the front pastedown. Some pages have brown spotting and there is occasional browning. The colour plates have tissue guards and are generally clean.

$49.56

The Plants of the Bible. Trees and Shrubs
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The Plants of the Bible. Trees and Shrubs

By John Hutton Balfour

LONDON : T NELSON & SONS, 1857 Nice copy of the 1st edition in original highly decorative cloth binding. With 12 beautifully colour printed plates of plants - 2 per plate. The red cloth binding has blind stamped decoration to both boards, bevelled edges, and gilt titles to the front board and spine.Aeg. The spine is slightly faded and there is wear to the top and bottom of the spine, spine joints and corners. With the original endpapers - there is a small ex libris stamp of S L Cohen to the front pastedown. There is some foxing to the text including the title page, but the plates are very clean and are all tissue guarded bar plate 5. There is a publication list bound at the rear.

$130.43

Footsteps of the Reformers in Foreign Lands
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Footsteps of the Reformers in Foreign Lands

LONDON: Religious Tract Society , 1862 A series of biographies of religious reformers illustrated by colour printed plates of the towns they were most associated with - so for example Martin Luther and Wittenberg. With 8 colour printed plates by J M Kronheim and Co - using a colour printing process under license from George Baxter. In full leather prize binding - with a gilt crest of St Marylebone and All Souls Grammar School, in Union with Kings College on the front board; raised bands and gilt tooling to spine. The leather is a little worn at the edges and joints, the title label is missing and there is a small mark to the back board. The page edges are marbled and there are marbled endpapers. The front pastedown has a presentation plate to Charles Nott for 'Good conduct at Drill'. The colour plates are very finely printed and tissue guarded but there is some light brown spotting (we can send images of all plates on request). The plates are of: Prague, Zurich, Antwerp, Geneva, Spires, Wittenberg, Augsburg and La Tour Vaudois Valleys. Contents generally in good condition. Small light book - please enquire if you would like us to assess postage at cost.

$117.39

HARPOCRATES SIVE EXPLI CATIO IMAGUNCULAE ARGENTAE PERANTIQ
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HARPOCRATES SIVE EXPLI CATIO IMAGUNCULAE ARGENTAE PERANTIQ

By GISBERT CUPERI

Utrecht: Franciscum Halma, 1687 Original full leather, still in good condition, rebacked in calf preserving original spine. Contents complete in 3 sections with 43 text illustrations and 6 folding plates (one torn). The first part of the book covers Harpocrates - 180 pages. The second section has a separate title page 'Gisberti Cuperi Monumenta Antiqua Inedita and follows in in page numbering. The third section has a new title page 'Stephani le Moine ad Gisb. Cuperum de Melanophoris Epistola' and again follows on in page numbering. This section is written in greek and hebrew as well as Latin. Very bright and clean throughout. Deals with the cult of the Egyptian god Horus in the Roman world, detailing rights, beliefs and monuments. A spectacular book mainly due to the number and quality of the text and folding engravings. Small 8vo but wider pages than is normal.294 pages plus an 'index auctorum' and an 'index rerum' and an errata list.

$652.15