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¡DEATH, BROTHER OF SLEEP; HOLY PRIMAEVAL KING! [caption title]
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¡DEATH, BROTHER OF SLEEP; HOLY PRIMAEVAL KING! [caption title]

By [Tyler, Richard Oviet]

[New York]: Hand set & Printed at Uranian Press by R.O.T. [i.e. Richard O. Tyler], 1960. First Thus. Broadside. Near fine. [ca. 1960]. Broadside, 11 x 8½ inches. Printed in black on salmon paper. Embossed seal of the Uranian Press and rubber stamp of Uranian Tract Society in lower margin. Two horizontal folds, else fine.Fine An early "tract" broadside printed by the Uranian Press and issued in a slightly form in the 1960 DEATH TRACTS broadside portfolio. In the Uranian Press tract style, two lines of text (here, "¡Death, brother of sleep;" and "Holy Primaeval King!") are printed above and below a relief print. The print adds the text, "INJECTED IT INTO HIS VAIN | SEE WHETHER THE SHOTS WILL HELP THE DISEASE," around a fairly inscrutable image. Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) established the Uranian Press in 1958 in the basement of a tenement on the Lower East Side where, by 1960, he had installed four printing presses. Under the Uranian imprint, Tyler, his wife, Dorothea Baer Tyler, and friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books through the mid-1960s. Tyler was a fixture in Greenwich Village during this period, selling the Press's wares from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church, a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England. He played an important, if still underappreciated, role in the nascent expanded arts movements of the New York avant garde scene with both the Press and its performance arm, the Uranian Alchemical Players. The Uranian circle expanded into a quasi-religious collective incorporating Jungian and Gnostic ideas of creativity and consciousness, LSD, Western astrology, alchemy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the political thought of Charles Fourier, becoming known officially in 1974 as the Uranian Phalanstery. OCLC records no copies of this separate edition.

$125.00

THE BREATH |         | OF GOD | DIVINE BREATH BECOMES KOSMOS [text in print]
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THE BREATH | | OF GOD | DIVINE BREATH BECOMES KOSMOS [text in print]

By [Tyler, Dorothea Baer & Richard Oviet Tyler]

[New York]: Woodcut by d.b.t. [i.e. Dorothea Baer Tyler], © Uranian Press N.Y.C., 1962. First Edition. Broadside. Good. Broadside, 11½ x 8¾ inches. Printed in black on red stiff paper. Rubber stamps of the text, "seasons greetings," and monograms of Dorothea Baer Tyler, Richard Oviet Tyler, and the Uranian Press on verso. Autograph initials of the Tylers in pen over their stamps. Soft vertical creasing in center, four small pinholes, one-inch waterstain in right margin. Good to very good. Gnostic-themed broadside featuring a textual and pictorial woodcut by Dorothea Baer Tyler and issued by the Uranian Press for the 1962 holiday season. The Greek word at the center, "aletheia," is often translated as "truth," but as Martin Heideggger expounded upon in BEING AND TIME, where it was a central concept, it may be best understood as "unconcealedness." In Dorothea Tyler's broadside, it is further associated with the creative "breath of God," as formulated by the prominent American Theosophist, Alexander Wilder (1923-1909). Dorothea Baer (1926-2012) cofounded the Uranian Press in 1958 with her husband, Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) shortly after the two moved to New York City from Chicago, where both had attended the School of the Art Institute. By 1960, they had installed four printing presses in the basement of a Lower East Side tenement. Under the Uranian imprint, the Tyler and their friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books through the mid-1960s. Later, they would produce photcopied flyers and zines as the Uranian Tract Society and Uranian Phalanstery. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Tyler was a fixture in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s and early 1960s, selling the Press's wares from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church, a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England. He played an important, if still underappreciated, role in the nascent expanded arts movements of the New York avant garde scene with both the Press and its performance arm, the Uranian Alchemical Players. The Uranian circle expanded into a quasi-religious collective incorporating Jungian and Gnostic ideas of creativity and consciousness, LSD, Western astrology, alchemy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the political thought of Charles Fourier, becoming known officially in 1974 as the Uranian Phalanstery. After the death of Richard in 1983, Baer maintained the Phalanstery until her own death in 2012; it survives today under the care of her protégé, Mehdi Matin. OCLC records no copies.

$150.00

I CH TH U S : Iesos CHristos THeou Uíos Soter . . . [caption title]
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I CH TH U S : Iesos CHristos THeou Uíos Soter . . . [caption title]

By [Baer, Dorothea (Tyler) [ill.]]

[New York]: Uranian Press, 1962. First Edition. Broadside. Near fine. Baer, Dorothy [Tyler]. [ca. 1962]. Broadside, approximately 6½ x 5½ inches. Printed in red on green paper. Embossed with seal of Uranian Press in lower margin. Signatures of Dorothea Baer and Richard O. Tyler over rubber stamps of their monograms on verso. Faint toning at bottom edge, else fine. Small Uranian press broadside of the ancient Christian symbol of the fish, in a decorative border, signed in the print by Dorothea Baer Tyler with her "d.b.t." monogram. The caption prints, "ICHTHUS," the Greek word for fish, as an acronym for the Greek words for "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour." No date is provided for the print, but circa 1962 is likely; that year, "ichthus" was also printed on the cover of the Uranian Press's 1962 portfolio, 9 GNOSTIC TRACTS (there, in Greek letters), in red on green paper. Dorothea Baer Tyler frequently alternated, as she does here between the initials in the print and those in her monogram on the verso, between using "Baer Tyler" and "Baer" alone.Dorothea Baer (1926-2012) cofounded the Uranian Press in 1958 with her husband, Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) shortly after the two moved to New York City from Chicago, where both had attended the School of the Art Institute. By 1960, they had installed four printing presses in the basement of a Lower East Side tenement. Under the Uranian imprint, the Tyler and their friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books through the mid-1960s. Later, they would produce photcopied flyers and zines as the Uranian Tract Society and Uranian Phalanstery. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Tyler was a fixture in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s and early 1960s, selling the Press's wares from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church, a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England. He played an important, if still underappreciated, role in the nascent expanded arts movements of the New York avant garde scene with both the Press and its performance arm, the Uranian Alchemical Players. The Uranian circle expanded into a quasi-religious collective incorporating Jungian and Gnostic ideas of creativity and consciousness, LSD, Western astrology, alchemy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the political thought of Charles Fourier, becoming known officially in 1974 as the Uranian Phalanstery. After the death of Richard in 1983, Baer maintained the Phalanstery until her own death in 2012; it survives today under the care of her protégé, Mehdi Matin.

$75.00

BIOGRAPHY OF A FLOWER [cover title]. VERSES "THE GOSPEL OF TRUTH" : A VALENTINIAN MEDITATION 2nd CEN. GNOSTIC : WOODCUTS : DOROTHEA BAER : 20th CEN. MYSTIC
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BIOGRAPHY OF A FLOWER [cover title]. VERSES "THE GOSPEL OF TRUTH" : A VALENTINIAN MEDITATION 2nd CEN. GNOSTIC : WOODCUTS : DOROTHEA BAER : 20th CEN. MYSTIC

By Valentinus; Dorothy Baer [Tyler] (ill.)

New York: Uranian Press, 1963. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. Baer, Dorothy [Tyler]. [20] pp., including 8 in-text woodcut illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers, printed in red on black paper, tied with red string. Text printed in black and red. Fine. Verses from the "Gospel of Truth" manuscript discovered in the Nag Hammadi library and attributed to the 2nd-century Gnostic Valentinus, here illustrated in eight woodcuts by Dorothea Baer (1926-2012), artist and co-founder of the Uranian Press. The verses and illustrations - the latter largely through the imagery of the life cycle of a flower - both touch on themes of coming into being, material reality, divine revelation, and spiritual knowledge. Dorothea Baer (1926-2012) cofounded the Uranian Press in 1958 with her husband, Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) shortly after the two moved to New York City from Chicago, where both had attended the School of the Art Institute. By 1960, they had installed four printing presses in the basement of a Lower East Side tenement. Under the Uranian imprint, the Tyler and their friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books through the mid-1960s. Later, they would produce photcopied flyers and zines as the Uranian Tract Society and Uranian Phalanstery. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Tyler was a fixture in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s and early 1960s, selling the Press's wares from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church, a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England. He played an important, if still underappreciated, role in the nascent expanded arts movements of the New York avant garde scene with both the Press and its performance arm, the Uranian Alchemical Players. The Uranian circle expanded into a quasi-religious collective incorporating Jungian and Gnostic ideas of creativity and consciousness, LSD, Western astrology, alchemy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the political thought of Charles Fourier, becoming known officially in 1974 as the Uranian Phalanstery. After the death of Richard in 1983, Baer maintained the Phalanstery until her own death in 2012; it survives today under the care of her protégé, Mehdi Matin.

$100.00

[R.O.T.]\'S 8 DEATH TRACTS 8
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[R.O.T.]'S 8 DEATH TRACTS 8

By [Tyler, Richard Oviet]

New York: Uranian Press, 1960. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. Tyler, Richard; Dorothea Baer; Manuel Narciza. 8 broadsides, 11 x 8½ inches, in original pictorial paper folder, 11½ x 9¾ inches. Printed in black and red, broadsides on pale yellow paper, folder on orange stiff paper. Signed and numbered in pencil by Tyler on folder second leaf verso. All broadsides and first leaf of folder embossed with seal of the Uranian Press. Fine. Numbered 12 of 300 copies. An early Uranian Press portfolio, containing 8 broadsides with text by Richard Tyler and four deep-etch relief prints by him and four by Manuel Narciza, all hand-set and printed at the Press and bearing its imprint. Each tract consists of two lines of cryptic thanatological text, one above and one below an associated image. Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) established the Uranian Press in 1958 in the basement of a tenement on the Lower East Side where, by 1960, he had installed four printing presses. Under the Uranian imprint, Tyler, his wife, Dorothea Baer Tyler, and friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books through the mid-1960s. Tyler was a fixture in Greenwich Village during this period, selling the Press's wares from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church, a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England. He played an important, if still underappreciated, role in the nascent expanded arts movements of the New York avant garde scene with both the Press and its performance arm, the Uranian Alchemical Players. The Uranian circle expanded into a quasi-religious collective incorporating Jungian and Gnostic ideas of creativity and consciousness, LSD, Western astrology, alchemy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the political thought of Charles Fourier, becoming known officially in 1974 as the Uranian Phalanstery. OCLC records three copies.

$150.00

¡STOP! RITUAL VIOLENCE [caption title]
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¡STOP! RITUAL VIOLENCE [caption title]

By [Tyler, Richard Oviet et al.]

[New York]: Handset & Printed at Uranian Press by m. m. [i.e. Michael Martin], 1960. First Edition. Broadside. Near fine. [ca. 1960]. Broadside, 11 x 8½ inches. Type printed in red, woodcut printed in black on yellow paper. Embossed with seal of the Uranian Press; rubber stamp of Uranian Tract Society on verso. Quarter-inch closed tear on left edge, else fine. Early "tract" broadside printed by the Uranian Press. In the Uranian Press tract style, two lines of text (here, "¡Stop! and "Ritual Violence") are printed above and below a relief print. The print here shows further text, "A LAST HURRAH | A LAST HURRAH" carved above what appears to be a cluster of flowers and farm implements. The broadside was hand set and printed by one of the young apprentices of the Uranian Press, Michael Martin. Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) established the Uranian Press in 1958 in the basement of a tenement on the Lower East Side where, by 1960, he had installed four printing presses. Under the Uranian imprint, Tyler, his wife, Dorothea Baer Tyler, and friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books through the mid-1960s. Tyler was a fixture in Greenwich Village during this period, selling the Press's wares from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church, a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England. He played an important, if still underappreciated, role in the nascent expanded arts movements of the New York avant garde scene with both the Press and its performance arm, the Uranian Alchemical Players. The Uranian circle expanded into a quasi-religious collective incorporating Jungian and Gnostic ideas of creativity and consciousness, LSD, Western astrology, alchemy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the political thought of Charles Fourier, becoming known officially in 1974 as the Uranian Phalanstery. OCLC records no copies.

$125.00

[R.O.T.]\'S 9 GNOSTIC TRACTS 9
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[R.O.T.]'S 9 GNOSTIC TRACTS 9

By [Tyler, Richard Oviet]

New York: Uranian Press, 1962. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. Tyler, Richard; Dorothea Baer; Manuel Narciza. 9 broadsides, 11 x 8½ inches, in original pictorial paper folder, 11½ x 9¾ inches. Broadsides printed in black and red on pale green paper, folder in red on green stiff paper. Numbered in pencil by Tyler over his rubber-stamped monogram on folder first leaf verso. All broadsides and first leaf of folder embossed with seal of the Uranian Press. Fine. Numbered 12 of 300 copies. 9 broadsides, written by Richard Tyler, all illustrated by him with deep-etch relief prints but one, which is illustrated with a linocut by Manuel Narciza. All broadsides hand-set and printed at the Uranian Press and bearing its imprint. The folder's front leaf contains a deep-etch relief print by Dorothea Baer Tyler, who signs in the print with her monogram. Tyler introduces the contents of the portfolio with a quotation from C. G. Jung in PSYCHOLOGY & ALCHEMY: "The Christian opus is an operari in honor of God the Redeemer undertaken by man who stands in need of redemption, while the alchemical opus is the labour of Man the Redeemer in the cause of the divine world-soul slumberingg and awaiting redemption in matter." The brief tracts cover themes of energy, matter, mystical union, redemption, and transfiguration with evocative illustrations of largely astrological and astronomical subjects. Richard Oviet Tyler (1926-1983) established the Uranian Press in 1958 in the basement of a tenement on the Lower East Side where, by 1960, he had installed four printing presses. Under the Uranian imprint, Tyler, his wife, Dorothea Baer Tyler, and friends produced chapbooks, broadsides, and artist's books through the mid-1960s. Tyler was a fixture in Greenwich Village during this period, selling the Press's wares from a pushcart in the yard of Judson Memorial Church, a nod to both contemporary Jewish peddlers of the Lower East Side and the chapmen of Elizabethan England. He played an important, if still underappreciated, role in the nascent expanded arts movements of the New York avant garde scene with both the Press and its performance arm, the Uranian Alchemical Players. The Uranian circle expanded into a quasi-religious collective incorporating Jungian and Gnostic ideas of creativity and consciousness, LSD, Western astrology, alchemy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the political thought of Charles Fourier, becoming known officially in 1974 as the Uranian Phalanstery. OCLC records four copies.

$150.00

COMTE DE GABALIS, OU ENTRETIENS SUR LES SCIENCES SECRÈTES. RENOUVELLÉ & AUGMENTÉ D'UNE LETTRE SUR CE SUJET [bound with:] LA SUITE DU COMTE DE GABALIS, OU NOUVEAUX ENTRETIENS SUR LES SCIENCES SECRETES, TOUCHANT LA NOUVELLE PHILOSOPHIE. OUVRAGE POSTHUME
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COMTE DE GABALIS, OU ENTRETIENS SUR LES SCIENCES SECRÈTES. RENOUVELLÉ & AUGMENTÉ D'UNE LETTRE SUR CE SUJET [bound with:] LA SUITE DU COMTE DE GABALIS, OU NOUVEAUX ENTRETIENS SUR LES SCIENCES SECRETES, TOUCHANT LA NOUVELLE PHILOSOPHIE. OUVRAGE POSTHUME

By [Villars, Abbé de (Nicolas-Pierre-Henri de Montfaucon)]

Cologne: Pierre Marteau, 1691. Hardcover. Very good. [ca. 1691 and ca. 1703.] 16mo. Two volumes in one. 155;[2],150pp. In French. Later three-quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt spine rules, gilt leather label. First title page printed in red and black with armillary sphere device. Early inscriptions in flyleaf. Closely trimmed at fore-edge, touching some characters of text (with no loss). Joints expertly repaired, binding rubbed and moderately worn. Overall very good. Early edition of the best known work of Henri de Montfaucon, Abbé de Villars (1635-1673), for which he is said to have been murdered by the Rosicrucians. This edition adds the “Réponse à la lettre de Monseigneur” to the 1670 original text and is bound with a “posthumous” sequel published ca. 1703 by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam. The primary work, a satirical dialogue between a Cabalist and a skeptic, is largely concerned with the Paracelsan idea of the marriage of elemental spirits to human beings. It ostensibly unveiled Rosicrucian secrets, which may have been what led to Villars’s assasination on the road to Lyon in 1673. Despite its satirical nature, the work has been treated as a source book for esoteric knowledge over the generations to the present day. F. Leigh Gardner describes it in that spirit in his BIBLIOTHECA ROSICRUCIANA: “The chief figure in it is said to be taken from G. F. Borri, who is the imaginary Count de Gabalis; although written in a satirical vein yet it contains profound truths; possibly the author found it necessary in those days to disseminate knowledge in this fashion. It is also stated that Pope in his work, ‘The Rape of the Lock,’ obtained his ideas of the Elementaires and the general outline from this work.” The second title, whose true author is unknown, further pursues the theme of the marriage between elementals and human beings with a character named Jean le Brun. Gardner describes it as a “Burlesque on the original work, and presumably only written to enable it to be sold on the reputation enjoyed by the re-issue of the original one.” A brief, but extremely important work in the history of occult literature, bound with a very rare edition of the “Suite,” for which OCLC records four copies. Main title: Caillet 7707 (noting editions printed with sphere and no date). Main title (other editions): Caillet 7701, Duveen,pp. 411-412, Gardner 556, Graesse, p. 59. Second title: Caillet 7709 (another edition), Gardner 562n.

$800.00

RAMILLETE DE EPISTOLAS, Y ORACIONES CELESTIALES PARA FECUNDAR TODO GENERO DE ESPIRITUS. NACIDO EN EL AMENO IARDIN DE LAS VIRTUDES TODAS EL CORAÇON DE LA MYSTICA DOCTORA, Y SERAFICA VIGEN SANTA CATHALINA DE SENA DE LA SAGRADA ORDEN DE PREDICADORES. QUE MANDÒ TRADUCIR A LA LENGUA CASTELLANA, DE LA TOSCANA PROPRIA DE LA SANTA, EL EMINENTISSIMO SEÑOR DON FR. FRANCISCO XIMENEZ DE CISNEROS, POR LA DIVINA MISERACION CARDENAL, Y ARÇOBISPO DE LA SANTA IGLESIA DE TOLEDO, DEL CONSEJO DE SU MAGESTAD, Y CANCILLER MAYOR DE CASTILLA, &C. DEDICASSE, Y CONSAGRASSE A LA MISMA SANTA
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RAMILLETE DE EPISTOLAS, Y ORACIONES CELESTIALES PARA FECUNDAR TODO GENERO DE ESPIRITUS. NACIDO EN EL AMENO IARDIN DE LAS VIRTUDES TODAS EL CORAÇON DE LA MYSTICA DOCTORA, Y SERAFICA VIGEN SANTA CATHALINA DE SENA DE LA SAGRADA ORDEN DE PREDICADORES. QUE MANDÒ TRADUCIR A LA LENGUA CASTELLANA, DE LA TOSCANA PROPRIA DE LA SANTA, EL EMINENTISSIMO SEÑOR DON FR. FRANCISCO XIMENEZ DE CISNEROS, POR LA DIVINA MISERACION CARDENAL, Y ARÇOBISPO DE LA SANTA IGLESIA DE TOLEDO, DEL CONSEJO DE SU MAGESTAD, Y CANCILLER MAYOR DE CASTILLA, &C. DEDICASSE, Y CONSAGRASSE A LA MISMA SANTA

By [Saint Catherine of Siena]

Barcelona: Juan Cassañes y Jayme Suriá, 1698. Hardcover. Very good. [20],476,[28] pp. Printed in two columns. In Spanish. Half title. Contemporary three-quarter sheep and marbled boards, gilt spine rules, gilt leather label, edges speckled in red. Early alphanumerical inscriptions in pastedowns. Binding scuffed and rubbed, internally fine. Early Spanish edition of the letters and prayers of St. Catherine of Siena. St. Catherine (1347-1380), virgin and Doctor of the Church, is known for her lifetime of asceticism and mystical experience, her diplomatic efforts on behalf of Popes Gregory XI and Urban VI at the end of the tumultuous 1370's, and her brilliant intellect. Despite her youth and lack of formal education, her writings are considered both theological masterpieces and classics of Tuscan literature. The letters and prayers here were translated into Castilian from the original vernacular Tuscan on order of Spanish Cardinal and Grand Inquisitor Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros (1436-1517).

$200.00

ENCYCLICAL BLUNDERBUSS : ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF PEP, PIP, POP, PAP, PUP, PIUS THE IX. FORTE-PIANISSIMO. PROMULGATED FROM THE PONTINE POOLS OF PAPALDOM. JANUARY 12th, 1865
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ENCYCLICAL BLUNDERBUSS : ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF PEP, PIP, POP, PAP, PUP, PIUS THE IX. FORTE-PIANISSIMO. PROMULGATED FROM THE PONTINE POOLS OF PAPALDOM. JANUARY 12th, 1865

By [Anti-Catholicism]

[S.l.: s.n.], 1865. First Edition. Softcover. Good. 13 pp. including in-text cuts of a bull and an ass. Original pictorial wrappers. Early vertical fold, light dampstains affecting wrappers and upper-outer of most leaves (not touching text), small closed tears at head of front wrapper. Good. A highly alliterative American anti-Catholic spoof of papal bulls, taking particular aim at the current Pope, Pius IX. OCLC records three copies. Rare.

$125.00

KRAITHT E JUUC KE DWALK  N DIAAL
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KRAITHT E JUUC KE DWALK N DIAAL

By Macintyre, John Lester

Nasser, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan: American Mission (W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., Cambridge, England, printers), 1931. First edition in Nuer language. Softcover. Very good. Original printed wrappers, stapled. vii,31,[1] pp. In Nuer and English. Minor soiling, rear wrapper creased, very good. A rare missionary tract and early example of printing in the Nuer writing system of Sudan and western Ethiopia, which had been established in its final form in 1928. The work was originally composed in English by John Lester McIntyre, a missionary based for most of his career in West Africa, as an aid for fellow Christian missionaries working among African animists "in danger of going over to Islam." Translated with the help of three Nuer people named in the anonymous translator's note, this edition was published by the American Mission in what is now the town of Nasir in South Sudan. OCLC records no copies of this or any other non-lexicographical work printed in the Nuer writing system before 1935.

$125.00

EIS DOXAN PATROS UIOU KAI HAGIU PNEUMATOS TOU HENOS THEU : PEDALION TES NOETES NEOS, TES MIAS, HAGIAS, KATHOLIKES KAI APOSTOLIKES TON ORTHODOXON EKKLESIAS. . . [ . . .THE RUDDER (PEDALION) : OF THE METAPHORICAL SHIP OF THE ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS. . . ]
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EIS DOXAN PATROS UIOU KAI HAGIU PNEUMATOS TOU HENOS THEU : PEDALION TES NOETES NEOS, TES MIAS, HAGIAS, KATHOLIKES KAI APOSTOLIKES TON ORTHODOXON EKKLESIAS. . . [ . . .THE RUDDER (PEDALION) : OF THE METAPHORICAL SHIP OF THE ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS. . . ]

By Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite [i.e. St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain]; Agapius the Hieromonk

Athens: Konstantin Gkarpola, 1841. First Thus. Hardcover. Very good. Folio. [14],484 pp. plus two plates (frontispiece and church plan). In modern Greek. Expertly rebound in antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Frontispiece quite clean, remainder of contents moderately foxed. Very good. First edition printed in Greece (and second overall) of the classic compilation of Eastern Orthodox canon law, compiled and edited by the monks Agapius and Nicodemus of Mount Athos at the close of the 18th century. The largest published compilation of canon law in its time, PEDALION collected and provided commentary on the Canons of the Holy Apostles, of the first seven Ecumenical Councils, of regional synods through Carthage, and of numerous Church Fathers. As Greek printing on Greek soil was suppressed by the Ottoman authorities during the lives of Nicodemus and Agapius, their first manuscript was sent to Leipzig for publication. There, the hieromonk Theodoret made various unauthorized additions to the editors' commentaries, which were corrected in the present edition on the order of Patriarch Neophytos Doukas. This new edition was printed twelve years after Greek independence by Athens publisher Konstantin Gkarpola, who dedicated it to the brothers Zosimas (Zosimades), leading benefactors of the Greek Enlightenment and independence movements. PEDALION represents one of several major contributions by Nicodemus the Hagiorite (1749-1809) to the Eastern Orthodox Church in the modern era. An accomplished theologian, committed ascetic, and influential mystic, Nicodemus played a major role in the revival of Patristic literature and ancient and medieval Christian practices, including Hesychasm, an intensive spiritual discipline centering on the Jesus Prayer and closely associated with the monks of Mount Athos. He was canonized in 1955. The book includes a detailed floor diagram of an Orthodox church, borrowed from the EXOMOLOGETARION of Chrysanthos of Jerusalem, and an attractive allegorical frontispiece showing Christ at the helm of a boat. The accompanying caption reads (in Greek, with the following translation supplied in the first English-language edition of 1957): "This ship symbolizes the Catholic Church of Christ. Its keel represents the Orthodox Faith in the Holy Trinity. Its beams and planks represent the dogmas and traditions of the Faith. Its mast represents the Cross; its sail and rigging represent Hope and Love. The Master of the vessel is our Lord Jesus Christ, whose hand is on the helm. The mates and sailors are the Apostles, and the successors of the Apostles, and all clergymen, secretaries and notaries, and occasional teachers. The passengers comprise all Orthodox Christians. The sea symbolizes present life. A gentle and zephyr-like breeze signifies whiffs and graces of the Holy Spirit wafting the vessel on its course. Winds, on the other hand, are temptations baffling it. Its Rudder, whereby it is steered straightforwardly to the heavenly harbor is the present Book of the Holy Canons." Surprisingly scarce in major institutions. OCLC records twelve copies worldwide.

$2250.00

THE TEMPLAR'S CHART, OR HIEROGLYPHIC MONITOR; CONTAINING ALL THE EMBLEMS AND HIEROGLYPHICS EXPLAINED IN THE VALIANT AND MAGNANIMOUS ORDERS OF KNIGHTS OF THE RED CROSS; KNIGHTS TEMPLARS; AND KNIGHTS OF MALTA, OR ORDER OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM. DESIGNED AND DULY ARRANGED, AGREEABLY TO THE MODE OF WORK AND LECTURING. BY JEREMY L. CROSS, K.R.C. K.T. K.M. &c. TO WHICH ARE ADDED, LESSONS, EXHORTATIONS, PRAYERS, CHARGES, SONGS, &c.
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THE TEMPLAR'S CHART, OR HIEROGLYPHIC MONITOR; CONTAINING ALL THE EMBLEMS AND HIEROGLYPHICS EXPLAINED IN THE VALIANT AND MAGNANIMOUS ORDERS OF KNIGHTS OF THE RED CROSS; KNIGHTS TEMPLARS; AND KNIGHTS OF MALTA, OR ORDER OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM. DESIGNED AND DULY ARRANGED, AGREEABLY TO THE MODE OF WORK AND LECTURING. BY JEREMY L. CROSS, K.R.C. K.T. K.M. &c. TO WHICH ARE ADDED, LESSONS, EXHORTATIONS, PRAYERS, CHARGES, SONGS, &c.

By Cross, Jeremy L.; [S. S. Jocelyn [ill.]

New-Haven: Published and sold by the author [et al.]; A. H. Maltby & Co., Printers, 1821. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. [2],vi,10-157 pp. including engraved half title, engraved frontispiece, and musical notation in pp. 111-156, plus 21 leaves of plates (1-20 numbered), complete. Later speckled paper over boards, gilt leather label. Moderate foxing throughout. Very good. Scarce first edition of the first illustrated guide to the organization, rituals, and symbolism of the Masonic Knights Templar for the General Grand Encampment of the United States, by the influential Masonic author and lecturer Jeremy Ladd Cross (1783-1860). The work follows on the success of Cross’s pioneering 1820 publication of Masonic emblems, THE TRUE MASONIC CHART, with a monitor for the specifically Christian “knighthood” orders associated with freemasonry in the U.S. Following ritual manuals, lessons, constitutions, and lists of officers for the orders is a large selection of songs, many with musical notation, and plates of symbols, ritual schematics, and Biblical and allegorical scenes, including Paul’s shipwreck on Malta. The frontispiece, a depiction of Constantine’s vision of the cross blazing in the heavens, is an early copper engraving of Simeon Smith Jocelyn (1799-1879) of New Haven. Jocelyn is evidently the illustrator of the all of the plates in the volume (taking the place of Amos Doolittle, who engraved the plates of the TRUE MASONIC CHART). Around the time of the TEMPLAR CHART’s publication, Jocelyn enrolled at Yale to train as a Congregationalist minister. Successfully ordained, in the 1830’s Jocelyn abandoned the engraving trade to dedicate himself to antislavery and African American educational causes.

$800.00

AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE BOOK OF COMMON-PRAYER, AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND
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AN ILLUSTRATION OF THE BOOK OF COMMON-PRAYER, AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

By Warner, Ferdinando

London: Printed for the Proprietors, and sold by James Hodges, 1754. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Folio. [684] pp. plus four plates (including frontispiece), as called for. Contemporary speckled calf, gilt rules, raised bands, gilt leather label. Modern bookplate in front pastedown and small monogram inkstamp in frontispiece leaf recto and title page, earlier inkstamp of Cornwall House in front free endpaper. Front joint split at head of spine, some edgwear to binding, reinforcement of front hinge in clear tape, minor worming in lower margin of first twelve leaves. Contents bright and clean. Very good. Scarce first collected edition, complete with four plates. The plates depict St. Paul's Cathedral, worshipers at the Church of St. Margaret at Westminster Abbey, the Last Supper, and the Baptism of Jesus. Issued in weekly parts between 1752 and 1754 "as that the common people could purchase it with ease, and neither the price nor size might affright them from pursuing it," the book was intended to provide a detailed explanation of Anglican liturgy through extensive historical and theological annotation of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The DNB describes the author, Ferdinando Warner (1703-1768), an Anglican minister based in London and later Surrey, as "much esteemed as a popular preacher, and his writings show him to have been a man of wide learning and more than ordinary ability." DNB 59, p. 393. ESTC T154488.

$800.00

DE NOVA HIEROSOLYMA ET EJUS DOCTRINA COELESTI: EX AUDITIS E COELO. QUIBUS PRAEMITTITUR ALIQUID DE NOVO COELO & NOVA TERRA ["THE NEW JERUSALEM AND ITS HEAVENLY DOCTRINE..."]
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DE NOVA HIEROSOLYMA ET EJUS DOCTRINA COELESTI: EX AUDITIS E COELO. QUIBUS PRAEMITTITUR ALIQUID DE NOVO COELO & NOVA TERRA ["THE NEW JERUSALEM AND ITS HEAVENLY DOCTRINE..."]

By [Swedenborg, Emanuel]

London: [Printed by John Lewis], 1758. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Quarto. 156 pp. In Latin. Modern vinyl, raised bands, spine lettered in gilt. Final errata leaf not present, as usual. Some light underlining in pencil, occasional light foxing, else near fine. First edition of one of the foundational documents of Emanuel Swedenborg's vision for a new Christianity, containing its fundamental doctrines. Published anonymously and printed in London by John Lewis in an edition of 1000 copies. Scarce. ESTC T135860. Hyde 1210. Caillet 10476 (French edition).

$500.00

DE SPECTRIS LEMURIBUS ET MAGNIS ATQUE INSOLLITIS FRAGORIBUS, VARIÍSQUE PRAESAGITIONIBUS, QUAE PLERUNQUE OBITUM HOMINUM, MAGNAS CLADES, MUTATIONÉSQUE IMPERIORUM, PRAECEDUNT, LIBER UNUS. LUDOVICO LAVATERO TIGURINO AUTORE
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DE SPECTRIS LEMURIBUS ET MAGNIS ATQUE INSOLLITIS FRAGORIBUS, VARIÍSQUE PRAESAGITIONIBUS, QUAE PLERUNQUE OBITUM HOMINUM, MAGNAS CLADES, MUTATIONÉSQUE IMPERIORUM, PRAECEDUNT, LIBER UNUS. LUDOVICO LAVATERO TIGURINO AUTORE

By Lavater, Ludwig

Geneva: Eustache Vignon, 1580. Hardcover. Very good. [16],213 pp. In Latin. 19th-century plain paper-backed marbled boards. 19th-century German booksellers label in front pastedown. Small early inscription, crossed out in early ink, in title page, not affecting text, occasional early underlining and marginal notes. Two-inch vertical crease at head of title leaf, with half-inch closed tear at edge (tear not affecting text), faint dampstaining in first 24 leaves. Very good. Early Latin edition, after the first edition, in German, of 1569 and the first Latin edition of 1570. Known in English as “Of Ghostes and Spirites Walking by Nyght, and of Strange Noyses, Crackes, and Sundry Forewarnings, Whiche Commonly Happen Before the Death of Menne, Great Slaughters, & Alterations of Kyngdomes,” from the 1572 English translation, this book is one of the most important demonological works of the Reformation era and was profoundly influential in Elizabethan literature. The author, Ludwig Lavater (1527-1886), was a Swiss Zwinglian minister and theologian based in Zurich. In the 16th and 17th-century Protestant world, new questions surfaced regarding the nature of ghostly apparitions—particularly their origins. In the Catholic understanding, ghosts were generally thought to be spirits of the dead on leave from Purgatory. With their rejection of the doctrine of Purgatory, Protestant philosophers and theologians were compelled to search for new answers. One (fairly unpopular) position was taken by Reginald Scot in his DISCOURSE UPON DEVILS AND SPIRITS, appended to his 1584 work, DISCOVERIE OF WITCHCRAFT, in which he argued that because the age of miracles had ceased long ago apparitions must be no more than the products of human imagination or trickery. The dominant view in Protestant theology (if still not quite the popular mind), however, came to be what Lavater expressed here in DE SPECTRIS. Lavater argued that, while many apparitions may be indeed be products of false perception, ample evidence of real supernatural visitations had existed from biblical and classical antiquity to the present day. He concluded, however, that these phenomena are not the spirits of the dead but in fact agents of Hell (and perhaps occasionally Heaven) that will sometimes take human spiritual form. He relates examples of these phenomena throughout the work, together with a taxonomy of less-human specters such as Lamiae, Larvae, and Lemures and a variety of mythical creatures. In his introduction to the 1929 Oxford edition of GHOSTES AND SPIRITES (edited with May Yardley), J. Dover Wilson demonstrates the clear influence of Lavater’s views—and possibly of his book, directly—on Shakespeare in the shaping of the dialogues surrounding the ghost of Hamlet’s father. In TAMMUZ PAN AND CHIRST : NOTES ON A TYPICAL CASE OF MYTH-TRANSFERENCE AND DEVELOPMENT (Chicago, 1912), Wilfred H. Schoff discusses the influence of Lavater’s “strange compilation of wonder stories” on the Elizabethans and traces the path of the “Dead Pan” story in English literature from DE SPECTRIS through Spencer, Milton, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Caillet 6237 ("curieux et rare"). Dorbon-Ainé 2509 (first edition). Graesse, pp. 81, 134. Rosenthal 1885. Thorndike VI, pp. 530-32.

$1400.00

DE TELLURIBUS IN MUNDO NOSTRO SOLARI, QUAE VOCANTUR PLANETAE: ET DE TELLURIBUS IN COELO ASTRIFERO: DEQUE ILLARUM INCOLIS; TUM DE SPIRITIBUS & ANGELIS IBI; EX AUDITIS & VISIS
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DE TELLURIBUS IN MUNDO NOSTRO SOLARI, QUAE VOCANTUR PLANETAE: ET DE TELLURIBUS IN COELO ASTRIFERO: DEQUE ILLARUM INCOLIS; TUM DE SPIRITIBUS & ANGELIS IBI; EX AUDITIS & VISIS

By [Swedenborg, Emanuel]

London: [John Lewis], 1758. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Quarto. 72 pp. Errata leaf not present, as usual. In Latin. Late 19th-century red morocco, raised bands, gilt spine title, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Mid 19th-century ownership inscription in title page and underlining and extensive marginal notes in English and Latin from the same owner at various points throughout. Some loss to manuscript marginalia from trimming. Minor wear and soiling to binding and occasional soiling and foxing in contents. Very good. First edition, in Latin, of one of Swedenborg's early mystical writings, published anonymously by John Lewis in London in an edition of 1000 copies. This work, later published in English as "Concerning the Earths in our Solar System, which are called Planets; and concerning the Earths in the Starry Heaven; together with an account of their inhabitants, and also of the spirits and angels there..." is an account of Swedenborg's spiritual communications with the inhabitants of other worlds and a description of their various distinctive qualities and religious orientations. The spirits of Mercury travel across the universe in globe-like phalanxes "to acquire the knowledges of things." Describing to Swedenborg the vast numbers of beings and worlds beyond our own, they relate to him that "they knew there were earths existing in the universe to the number of some hundred thousands and upwards" and ask, "yet what is this to the Divine, which is infinite?" The inhabitants of Mars are "the best of all among the spirits who are from the earths of our solar system, for they are as to the most part celestial men, not unlike those who were of the Most Ancient Church on this earth." At the edge of our solar system, Swedenborg discovers "fiery smoke ascending out of a great chasm," where guards prevent the travel of spirits to whom leave has not been granted, and visits five worlds beyond it. An additional chapter explores the question of why our earth would be chosen for the Incarnation, determining that the capacity to create scripture began here: "That the Word might be written on our earth, is because the art of writing has existed here from the most ancient time, first on the bark of trees, next on parchment, afterwards on paper, and lastly published by types. This was provided by the Lord for the sake of the Word." Throughout, Swedenborg's considerable astronomical knowledge and distinctive theology emerge in his narration and in dialogues between himself and the other beings. ESTC T90963. Hyde 956. Caillet 10482 (French translation).

$900.00

LEBEN ANTICHRISTI ODER AUSFÜHRLICHE, GRÜNDLICHE UND HISTORISCHE BESCHREIBUNG VON DEN ZUKÜNFFTIGEN DINGEN DER WELT. ALLWO AUS GÖTTLICHER SCHRIFFT, HEILIGEN VÄTTERN UND ANDERN BEWEHRTEN SCRIBENTEN, DIE GANTZE HISTORI VOM LEBEN / WUNDERWERCKEN UND TOD ANTICHRISTI, UND SEINES VORLÄUFFERS ERKLÄRT UND ERZEHLET WIRD. ES IST AUCH ALLHIE DES H. PROPHETEN HENOCHS UND ELIÆ WANDEL, MARTER UND HIMMELFAHRT AUSFÜHRLICH BESCHRIEBEN, UND GRÜNDLICH ERWISEN. ANJETZO VON NEUEM ÜBERSEHEN, CORRIGIRT UND VERBESSERT; WIE AUCH DURCH EINEN SONDERBAREN ZUSATZ VOM JÜDISCHEN MEßIA ERGRÖSSERT UND VERMEHRET: SO DEM BEGIERIGEN LESER NUTZLICH / UND ZU BESSERER ERKANTNUS DISER HISTORI DIENLICH SENN WIRD
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LEBEN ANTICHRISTI ODER AUSFÜHRLICHE, GRÜNDLICHE UND HISTORISCHE BESCHREIBUNG VON DEN ZUKÜNFFTIGEN DINGEN DER WELT. ALLWO AUS GÖTTLICHER SCHRIFFT, HEILIGEN VÄTTERN UND ANDERN BEWEHRTEN SCRIBENTEN, DIE GANTZE HISTORI VOM LEBEN / WUNDERWERCKEN UND TOD ANTICHRISTI, UND SEINES VORLÄUFFERS ERKLÄRT UND ERZEHLET WIRD. ES IST AUCH ALLHIE DES H. PROPHETEN HENOCHS UND ELIÆ WANDEL, MARTER UND HIMMELFAHRT AUSFÜHRLICH BESCHRIEBEN, UND GRÜNDLICH ERWISEN. ANJETZO VON NEUEM ÜBERSEHEN, CORRIGIRT UND VERBESSERT; WIE AUCH DURCH EINEN SONDERBAREN ZUSATZ VOM JÜDISCHEN MEßIA ERGRÖSSERT UND VERMEHRET: SO DEM BEGIERIGEN LESER NUTZLICH / UND ZU BESSERER ERKANTNUS DISER HISTORI DIENLICH SENN WIRD

By Lützenburg, Dionysius von [Dionysius of Luxemburg]

Kaufbeuren: Christian Starck, 1742. Hardcover. Very good. [8],498,[5] pp. including index. In German. Contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, spine richly gilt, gilt leather labels, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Early 20th-century satanic bookplate of "Winkler Jenö." Calf worn at edges and rubbed, loss to lower corner of first rear endpaper. Very good. Later edition, after the first of 1682. One of the last published examples of medieval-style prophecy, the work foretells the life, magical works, reign, and defeat of the Antichrist, with various revelations relating to signs of his coming and the end of the world, the murder and resurrection of Enoch and Elijah, and the Second Coming of Christ, as well as a section on the "Messiah of the Jews." The author, Dionysius von Lützenburg (i.e., Luxemburg, ca. 1652-1703), was a Capuchin friar known especially for this, his first work, and his hagiographical LEGEND DER HEILIGEN (1684). The present copy contains the very unusual bookplate of Jenö Winkler ("Winkler Jenö," in the Hungarian style), who is also evidently its artist, with his monogram in the print. The plate, printed in black and red, shows a suited devil plunging a skull-tipped sword through a large bleeding book. OCLC lists four copies, three in Germany, one at Brigham Young University. Rare.

$750.00

HORRIBLE SUCESO : FRAGUADO POR EL DEMONIO Y DESTRUIDO POR EL ADMIRABLE Y PORTENTOSO MILAGRO DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE, ENTRE LOS ESPOSOS MARIA JULIANA DELGADO Y PEDRO GARCÍA
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HORRIBLE SUCESO : FRAGUADO POR EL DEMONIO Y DESTRUIDO POR EL ADMIRABLE Y PORTENTOSO MILAGRO DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE, ENTRE LOS ESPOSOS MARIA JULIANA DELGADO Y PEDRO GARCÍA

By [Posada, José Guadalupe]

Mexico City: Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, [ca. 1900]. First Edition. Broadside. Near fine. José Guadalupe Posada. Halfsheet, approximately 11 3/4 x 8 inches, printed recto and verso. In Spanish. Woodcut illustration, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, and ornamental border in recto. Toning, 3/4-inch marginal closed tear, not affecting text, else fine. News halfsheet illustrated by José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), the immortal Mexican printmaker, at the press of celebrated Mexico City publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo (1850-1917). Guadalupe's wood engraving depicts the "horrible event" of the prior September at Ocotlán, in which the Virgin of Guadalupe came to the aid of a virtuous, long-battered woman whose husband had secretly sold her to a demon six years earlier, and whom the demon had now come to collect at a mountain monastery. Hearing her weeping and prayers, the Virgin assumed the woman's identity while she slept and presented herself to the demon, who, when he realized he had been tricked, let out a frightful roar. A striking piece, rare, and in excellent condition despite the extreme fragility of its paper.

$400.00

THE RECENT ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS IN FAVOUR OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, CONSIDERED IN REFERENCE TO THE TRUST CONVEYANCES OF HANOVER STREET CHURCH. BY A LAYMAN
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THE RECENT ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS IN FAVOUR OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, CONSIDERED IN REFERENCE TO THE TRUST CONVEYANCES OF HANOVER STREET CHURCH. BY A LAYMAN

By [Lowell, John]

Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1823. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 24 pp. Original plain green wrappers, stitched. Contemporary ink ownership signature of "G. Bond" on front wrapper. Wrappers lightly chipped at spine ends and corners, light soiling to front wrapper and extreme fore-edge, else near fine. An anti-Calvinist pamphlet from the Unitarian Controversy of 1805-1835, insisting upon "right of thought" and separation of church and state as fundamentally Christian principles. The author targets Massachusetts's "orthodox party" of Congregationalist clergy as heirs to Constantine and Rome in their abuses of Christianity and mental enslavement of their churches' laity. Sabin attributes the work to John Lowell, Jr. (1769-1840), the prominent Federalist Massachusetts lawyer, prolific pseudonymous pamphleteer, and author several years earlier of "Are You a Christian or a Calvinist?" Sabin 42457.

$100.00

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