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"40th Alameda Co. C. E. Convention, First Baptist Church, Berkeley, March 4-5-6, 1927" Ribbon

By Anonymous

Berkeley, CA: s. n., 1927. Softcover. Paper ribbon; 6 x 1 3/4; single sheet, recto only; light green stock, printed in darker green; 3 small pinholes to upper margin; a few creases; very good condition. An interesting Bay Area piece of ephemera, the ribbon commemorated the 40th Christian Endeavor Convention in Berkeley, California. The organization, being the first national church youth one, was founded in 1881 in Portland, Maine, by the well-known clergyman Francis Edward Clark (1851 – 1927). Considered the forerunner of the modern denominational "youth fellowship," it began with as just a small group of youth, but by 1906, it had over four million members.


Die Geistliche Bible, oder Eine Kleine Sammlung Alter und Neuer Geistreicher Lieder zum Gebrauch in den Gemeinden der Evangelischen Gemeinschaft und zur Erbauung alter Heilsuchenden Seelen

By N/A

Neu Berlin: G. Miller, 1835. Hardcover. Fifth edition; 4 x 2 1/2; pp. [7], 2-230, [4]; calf over boards; gilt title to spine; brass clasp intact; wear mostly to edges and corners; minor age-toning and spotting to pages; very good condition. A scarce German religious printing (no copies in OCLC), published for the Protestant German community in Pennsylvania.


Der Kleine Catechismus des Sel. D. Martin Luthers. Nebst den Gewöhnlichen Morgen-, Tisch- und Abend-Gebeten. Welchem die Ordnung des Heils, in Einem Liede, in Kurzen Satzen, in Frag und Antwort, und in Einer Tabelle; Wie auch Eine Zergliederung des Catechismus, das Würtemburgische Kurze Kinder-Examen, die Confirmation und Beichte Beygefuget; Und Etliche Lieder, Freylinghausens Ordnung des Heils, das Guldene A, B, C, der Kinder, und die Sieben Buss-Psalmen, Angehanget Sind. Zum Gebrauch der Jungen und Alten

By [Luther, Martin]

Philadelphia: Carl Cist, 1791. Hardcover. Early edition; 5 1/2 x 3 1/4; pp. [7], 2-127, [1]; paper over boards and 1/4 calf; paper worn at margins; small nicks to fore-edge of first several pages; Fraktur ownership signature of Matthaus Geseman dated 1793; uniform age-darkening; good or better condition. An uncommon early printing (OCLC lists 1 copy at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia) of this Lutheran catechism, published after the 1774 Henrich Miller's and the 1781 Johann Christoph Kunze's Ministerium catechisms.


Das Neue Testament unsers Herrn und Heilandes Jesu Christi. Nach Dr. Martin Luthers Ueberfekung

By [Luther, Martin]

Harrisburg, PA: Herausgegeben von J. und F. Wyeth, 1830. Early 19th century edition; 4 1/2 x 2 3/4; pp. [4], 3-472, [2]; calf over boards; four raised bands to spine; two metal and leather clasps intact (often torn and missing from similar publications); engraved vignette to title page; a small notebook page with a signature and date tipped-in to first free leaf; a few small punctures from insect damage to upper margin of front board; leather a bit scuffed, especially along edges, spine, and clasps; relatively light foxing throughout; good to very good condition. An unusually well preserved edition of Martin Luther's New Testament, published in Pennsylvania by a somewhat lesser known publisher of religious literature in German, as opposed to the more famous Saur and Billmeyer publishers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.


Visites au St. Sacrement et a la Sainte Vierge, pour Chaque Jour du Mois

By Liguori, Alphonse de

Besancon Chez Bertrand, 1783. Hardcover. New edition, revised and enlarged by the author (translated from Italian); 3 1/2 x 5 1/4; pp. 3-394, [2]; full polished roan; four raised bands and gilt vignettes and title to spine; few lightly rubbed and worn spots to covers; lacking first blank leaf, else complete; edges with red tint; pages bright and clean; small hole to endpaper from insect damage; several pages with small nicks to upper corners not affecting text except for pp. 153-54 where last word is lost; overall very good or better. An early edition of one of Liguori's best known works - "Visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary" which was originally published in 1745 (this edition published during the author's lifetime). Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (1696 – 1787) was an Italian spiritual writer, poet, artist, philosopher, Catholic bishop, and and founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (a Roman Catholic missionary Congregation dedicated to working with neglected country people). He was canonized in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI. Liguori wrote 111 works on spirituality and theology. His current book contains introductory and concluding prayer as well as reflections on each of his visits to the Blessed Sacrament


The Evangelical Primer Containing A Minor Doctrinal Catechism And A Minor Historical Catechism; to Which is Added the Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism; with Short Explanatory Notes and Copious Scripture Proofs and Illustrations; for the Use of Families and Schools

By Emerson, Joseph

Charleston, Mass.: Printed By Samuel T. Armstrong For D., Mallory & Co., 1810. Softcover. Second edition; 3 1/2 x 5 1/2; pp. [2], 1-68; original marbled wraps; small chips to tips of spine and a rubbed spot to spine paper; pages mostly very clean with a light uniform age-toning; a very faint gift inscription to first page; illustrated with 30 wood engravings of biblical scenes; overall very good-. Joseph Emerson (1777-1833) was an American Congregationalist pastor. Though he wrote several books, his "Evangelical Primer" was his most ambitious and popular work. Interestingly enough, it was speculated that the postage-stamp-size woodcuts were deliberately created to be intricately and beautifully executed so as to be appealing but small enough so as not to distract the attention from the primary purpose of the book.


The Zealous Christian, Taking Heaven by Holy Violence: Tending to Direct Men How to Hear with Zeal, How to Pray with Importunity. To Which is Added the Christian's Directory, Tending to Guide Him in Those Several Conditions Which God’s Providence May Cast Him Into. Being in All, the Summe and Substance of XXXII Sermons, Preached by That Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, Mr. Christopher Love, Late Minister of Lawrence-Jury London

By Love, Christopher

Glasgow: Printed for John M'William, Book-seller in the Wine-Head, 1742. Hardcover. Early edition; 3 x 5; pp. [4], iii-v, [1], 7-324; contemporary roan; vignettes at end of chapters; some scratches and wear to edges of covers; few rubbed spots; darkening to upper portion of back cover and corner of top edge (not affecting pages); moderate age-toning and spotting mostly to first and last several pages, else text relatively clean; small closed cut to head of spine; very faint penciled name of previous owner - Henry Otis - most probably Henry Otis Pratt (February 11, 1838 - May 22, 1931) who was a lawyer, Methodist Episcopal minister, and two-term Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa's 4th Congressional District. Overall in good or better condition. The author, Christopher Love (1618 – 22 August 1651), was a Welsh Protestant preacher and Presbyterianism supporter during the time of the English Civil War. He was one of the first to receive Presbyterian ordination under the new organization in 1644. In 1651, Love was accused of being involved in a treasonable correspondence with certain Presbyterians in Scotland and devising plans to restore Charles II to the throne. He was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London to ultimately be executed and made an example of in August of the same year. Christopher Love believed that violence was sometimes needed in dealing with sins and the various sermons in his "The Zealous Christian" presented Christians with his insights on ardent prayers and keen studying of the Word, which he believed were the best weapons to be utilized in this 'Holy violence.' OCLC lists one copy at the National Library of Scotland, this the only copy in the trade.


The Efficacy and Importance of Combined and Persevering Action. Illustrated, in a Sermon, Delivered at New-Haven, Oct. 19, 1814, Before the Connecticut Society for the Promotion of Good Morals

By Heman, Humphrey

New-Haven: Sidney's Press, 1815. First edition; 5 1/2 x 9; pp. [1], 4-28 including text to first page and back cover; original hand-sewn printed wraps; deckled page edges; mild uniform age-toning; front cover with a horizontal crinkle through middle; some pages uncut; overall beautifully preserved in very good to near fine condition. Heman Humphrey was the second President of Amherst College and one of the earliest influential figures in the Temperance Movement - long before the American Temperance Society was formally established. His current sermon, based on Genesis, XI. 6, focuses on living and working as a unity, the necessity for framing good penal laws, and the importance of raising children the proper way with no drinking alcohol and no swearing around them and teaching them to believe in and rely on God. Several copies in institutions, this the only one in the trade.


A Modern Task, or The Story of the Religious Activities of the Committee of One Hundred Appointed by the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, During the Panama-Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco, California, 1915 [Signed/inscribed by author]

By Bell, H. H.

San Francisco: Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. Committee of One Hundred, 1916. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition; 5" x 7 3/4"; pp. [10, 9-119, [3]; original textured blue boards; gilt title; few small spots to covers; head of spine slightly indented; minor foxing along edges of pages, mostly very clean; gilt title to spine with some rubbing; two portraits frontis - Bishop Edwin Holt Hughes, President of the Committee of One Hundred and Rev. H. H. Bell, author of the book and Executive Secretary of the Committee of One Hundred; very good to near fine condition. Inscribed by author to his son, Russell H. Bell. The Committee of One Hundred was appointed by the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America to plan the religious activities during the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. The project was a vast undertaking of spreading Christian Evangelism and giving notable religious significance to the Exposition. It was said that: "Evil forces will congregate and combine in San Francisco for an extreme onslaught against all things good. They should be more than matched, outgeneraled, and outfought by Christian forces." The book contains a full account of the planning and executing of said religious activities.


The Prayer of Faith

By Montgomery, Carrie Judd

Beulah Heights, Oakland: Office of Triumphs of Faith, 1930. Soft cover. Good. Undated, thirty-ninth thousand (c1930); 4 1/4 x 5 3/4; pp. [7], x-xxxi, [2], 10-180, [2]; original beige speckled wraps; title and decorations in black; age-darkening mainly to spine edges and lower margin of back cover; a few minor rubbed spots mostly to corners; small newspaper article cut-out attached to last free page resulting in a darkened outline to opposite page; text clean; good or better. An uncommon early edition of one of the most important works on the Divine Healing Movement in the US. Carrie Montgomery was highly regarded and most influential in promoting the healing movement and the modern-day Pentecostalism in the late 19th century. She was also known for initiating the first healing home on the West Coast. Montgomery moved to Oakland, CA in the 1890s, where she established an orphanage and the "Home of Peace" - a place to rest for missionaries. She continued writing, supporting and meeting notable Pentecostal leaders, and traveling around the world on educational missions.


A debate on the doctrine of universal salvation : held in Cincinnati, O., from March 24 to April 1, 1845, between Rev. E.M. Pingree, pastor of the First Universalist Church, Louisville, Ky., and Rev. N.L. Rice, D.D., pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, O. Taken down by a reporter, and revised by the same parties

By N/A

Cincinnati: J.A. and U.P. James, 1848. Hardcover. Fair. [Salvation] [Universalism] Small 8vo; pp. [8], vi-xxx, [1], 32-429, [2] publisher's advertisement, [4]; original brown cloth over boards; blind stamped; spine reinforced with archival tape; 1/2" loss of cloth along edges of boards; very minor foxing, mostly to first several pages. On second free page there is a signature of one Silas Steams of Pensacola, FL, who was an ichthyologist and an agent of the U. S. Fish Commission. In the 1870s, he was renowned for exploring new species of fish in the Gulf of Mexico. The debate, recorded in this book, took place during uncertain times of rioting and anti-Catholisism protests.


Prayers of the Ages

By Whitmarsh, Caroline

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868. Hardcover. Good. pp. 335; original brown boards with gilt title and decorations to spine; relatively minor wear to covers; corners show some signs of rubbing; a few discolored spots to spine; some wear to head and tail of spine; bookshop blind stamp (no ink) to second free page; pages clean except a few small spots of soiling to first several of them; beginning of every chapter decorated with steel-engraved illuminated border. An important compilation of prayers through the ages, containing more than 300 prayers for communion with God, praise, old age and sickness, working prayers, death, etc. The book also contains a chapter on instructions, concerning praying and even some entries of Heathen and Mohammedan prayers.


[Psychometry][Paranormal] Primitive Christianity. Volume I Containing the Lost Lives of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Showing the Dawn of Christianity in Jesus Christ, Its Destruction by Martyrdom and Suppression, the Pagan Origin of the Roman Church, the Falsification of the Bible by Forgery, and the Authentic Gospel of St. John

By Buchanan, Prof. Joseph Rodes M. D.

San Jose: E. S. Buchanan, 1897. Hardcover. Very Good. Second edition (published a few months after the first edition of the same year); Volume I of 2; 7 x 10; pp. [12], 5-82, [2]; original green boards; gilt title; a few spots and some scratches to covers; lower thread holding several pages a bit weak (still securely attached); illustrated with engravings and portrait frontis; overall in very good condition. Joseph Rodes Buchanan was an American scientist and a professor at the Eclectic Medical Institute in Covington, Kentucky. He was credited with coining the term 'psychometry' - " the form of extra-sensory perception characterized by the claimed ability to make relevant associations from an object of unknown history by making physical contact with that object." Though he was a medical doctor he denounced contemporary medicine as "educated ignorance" while vigorously promoting his research and findings in psychometry and appealing to spiritualists. During the course of his studies, for 17 years, he purportedly received direct writings from St. John which he tested on three psychometrists who after handling the script "agreed as to its source, giving very similar descriptions of a great spirit devoted to Jesus Christ." The writings were eventually published in the current volume. The only copy in the trade.


The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Translated out of the Original Greek; and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised (in German and English)

By N/A

New York: American Bible Society, 1854. Hardcover. Good. Original full morocco with elaborate blind-stamped decorations; gilt title to spine; 12mo; pp. [5], 6-670, [2]; dust-dulling and a few small spots to boards; rubbing to edges of boards and spine; minor marginal loss to paper of both pastedowns; moderate foxing; text in two columns (German-English). Overall in good condition.