Isitt, John: (Holland, Tania, illus.: Spencer, Isabelle, calligraphy: Wain, John, intro.: Rees, Sian, trans.:) 'Mary's Song' and 'Cymydog Heddwch'. Oxbridge Writers and Artists, 1996. Pamphlet, unpaginated, full-page illustrations. Faint shelf wear, very good overall. Limited edition of 200, signed by Tania Holland and John Isitt. Poems inspired by the Stations of the Cross. Ref: 52180
Jewel (or Jewell), John: Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae. Priorum editionum collatione castigatior. Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: Excudebat Joannes Hayes, 1683. 12mo., pp. [vi] 182 [iv], including two leaves of advertisements at rear. The occasional minor spot, some marginal pencil notes. Contemporary blind-panelled calf, spine in four compartments with raised bands between blind rules, edges red. Slightly rubbed, one cornertip worn, paste-downs a little tattered at edges and lifted, but judging by the location of the inscription they have been so for quite some time. Very good overall. Armorial Chippendale-style bookplate of Henry Usticke inside front board. Early ink purchase note to rear of (lifted) pastedown: "me suis addidit Carolus Grale quarto dii Julii, Annoq. Dom. 1684, p'tium--01--06". To title-page, inscription of Henry Usticke dated 1750, and an inscription of John Warren, undated but in an old hand (perhaps the ejected Shropshire minister (1621–1696) whose extensive correspondence with Richard Baxter on English Puritanism is preserved in volume XIV of Baxter's manuscript treatises in Dr Williams's Library.) Henry Usticke (1720-1769) was vicar at Breage in Cornwall. He was married to Mary Borlase (the arms of the bookplate here show Borlase quartering Pendarves, as well as Usticke), daughter of the historian and mayor of Penzance Walter Borlase (1694-1776) and niece of the celebrated Cornish antiquary and naturalist William Borlase (1696-1772). Usticke appears to have assisted his father-in-law in some researches into the language of Cornwall: some of Borlase's manuscripts now preserved in the British Library are in Usticke's hand. John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, composed this important defence of the new Anglican Church in response to rumours on the continent about the departure from Roman Catholicism. It was frequently reprinted in London after the first edition of 1562, but this is the first Cambridge printing. ESTC R1989. Ref: 32756show full image..
[Leti, Gregorio:] [Havers, George, trans.:] Il Cardinalismo di Santa Chiesa; or the History of the Cardinals of the Roman Church, From the Time of their First Creation, to the Election of the Present Pope Clement the Ninth, with a Full Account of his Conclave. In Three Parts. Written in Italian by the Author of the Nipotismo di Roma, and Faithfully Englished by G.H. London: printed for J[ohn]. S[tarkey]. and are to be sold by Dorman Newman at the Chirurgeons Armes 1670. Folio, pp. [vi], 330, [ii] + portrait frontispiece depicting Pope Clemens IX. Lacks printer's catalogue at A4, though the second catalogue at Uu2 is present. Woodcut initials and head-pieces, a little illegible MS to title-page. Paper flaw to centre of leaf L2 causing a short closed tear, affecting text but not legibility; gathering M with light stain to gutter; very occasional tiny scorch holes never affecting more than a letter or two; leaf Oo4 a little creased at foot of gutter; lower corner of leaf Ss margin lost not affecting text; occasional light spots and smudges, a few light ink blots mostly affecting p.275. Contemporary brown sheep, black gilt label to spine, edges heavily sprinkled red and blue. Very worn, a bit cocked, joints worn and splitting, chips to edges, corners fraying, endpapers split at inner hinges. A contemporary, unsophisticated, but very tired binding housing what is still a very good textblock. To front paste-down, 19th-century bookplate of The Hope Trust, 31 Moray Place, Edinburgh, with a pencil note signed by Martin Jones: 'July 1987 - from Boris Guzzman'; small, round inkstamp with the initials R.L. II. Small round paper label (toned) to spine with 'G.70' written in. First published in Italian in 1668 as Il Cardinalissimo di Santa Chiesa. Gregorio Leti (1630–1701) was a historian and satirist originally from Milan, now most remembered for his works about the Catholic Church and especially the papacy; everything he published went onto the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. Leti is unsurprisingly described in The Catholic Encyclopedia as "mendacious and inexact", but religious and secular writers alike question his accuracy. In 1680 Leti joined the court of Charles II and was commissioned to write a history of England. The Earl of Anglesey gave Leti access to his library, as did Bishop Gilbert Burnet. Among his publications during his time in England was the first proper, though heavily embellished, attempt at a Life of Elizabeth I. In 1683 his Il Teatro Britannico offended the King, and he fled to Amsterdam. Ref: 52061
Limborch, Philippus van: Theologia Christiana Ad praxin pietatis ac promotionem pacis Christianae unice directa. Editio altera. Amstelaedami [Amsterdam]: Apud Henricum Wetstenium, 1695. Folio, pp. [xvi] 852 [xxiv] (incl. frontispiece). Worming in lower margin throughout, starting as trails and narrowing to a single hole until the index where it expands slightly again, one additional trail occasionally touching characters in last line of text across five gatherings (4S-4Y), a bit of light dampmarking and dustsoiling, a few small stains. Contemporary dark panelled sprinkled calf, rebacked preserving the original spine, new red morocco lettering piece, corners renewed, new endpapers, old leather a bit scratched. The second edition of the Dutch theologian Phillip van Limborch's most important work, a system of Christian theology based on Simon Episcopius and Stephan Curcellaeus. It stands as the first and most complete exposition of Arminianism, and was translated into English in 1702. Limborch's other claim to fame was his close epistolary friendship with John Locke. Ref: 34352show full image..
Logan, Oliver: The Venetian Upper Clergy in the 16th and Early 17th Centuries. A Study in Religious Culture. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press. 1996. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 608. Green cloth, gilt title to spine and publisher's name to upper board, sticker residue to bottom of lower board by spine, light spotting to top and fore-edges of text block. No dust-jacket, as issued. Very good. Volume 68 in the series Texts and Studies in Religion. Ref: 45114
Ross, Alexander: [Davies, John, trans.:] [Greek letters] Pansebeia: or, A View of all Religions in the world: with the several church-governments, from the creation to these times. Also, a discovery of all known heresies in all ages and places: and choice observations & reflections throughout th [with] Apocalypsis: or, the revelation of certain notorious advancers of heresie [...] London: printed by Sarah Griffin for J.S [...], 1664. 2 parts in 1. 8vo., pp. [xxxii], 544, [xxxii], 78, [ii], including engraved portrait frontispiece by Lombart. MS longitudinal half-title, 'Ross his View of Religions'. Woodcut initials, second part with separate title-page, 3A1 and 3a4 blanks, and several engraved portraits in the text. Dampstain to fore-edge margin of frontis and half-title, diminishing through the first gathering, ink smudge to p.182 obscuring a couple of words, tiny wormhole to final leaf affecting a few letters, gathering 2N (a table) cropped close with slight loss at fore-edge in some places, occasional light spots and smudges. Recent tan morocco, red gilt title label to spine, gilt and carbon-tooled borders with small carbon-tooled centrepiece to each board, edges coloured red, endpapers renewed. Spine slightly creased, very light shelf-wear, a very good copy in a competent modern binding. Fourth edition of Ross' (1591–1654) Pansebia (first published 1652), to which is added the third edition of Apocalypsis (first edition in English, 1655). Apocalypsis was translated by John Davies from the Latin edition, Apocalypsis insignium aliquot hæresiarcharvm (Leiden, 1608), which was taken from the Dutch original, Growelen der vornemsten hooft-ketteren by H. L. van Haestens (Leiden, 1607). ESTC R218401; Wing R1974 & 1945A Ref: 52188
Southcott, Joanna; Foley, Thomas P.; Sharp, William: The Answer of the Rev. Thomas P. Foley, to the World, who hath blamed his faith in believing it was a command of the Lord to put in print such parables, as he printed last year at Stourbridge under the title of 'What Manner Of Communications Are These?'; An Answer to the World, for putting in print a book in 1804, called 'Copies and Parts of Copies of Letters and Communications, Written from Joanna Southcott' [...]; The Controversy of the Spirit with the Worldly Wise, as Given Through Joanna Southcot Stourbridge: J. Heming; London: S. Rousseau; London: Galabin & Marchant; London: Galabin & Marchant; 1805; 1806; 1811; ; [n.d. c.1812]. 5 vols. bound as 1. 8vo., pp. 96, 96; 52; 52; 64. Fifth work lacks its final leaf. A bit toned, sporadic foxing and light staining, some leaves a little grubby, creasing to first title-page. Contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, home-made cloth spine glued to boards and attached to textblock along upper joint with a quite rustic line of stitching. Very worn and scuffed, paper pattern darkened almost to the point of vanishing, corners fraying. A battered but very characterful compilation. Ownership inscription of Joseph Ainley to rear paste-down. Tipped to the front paste-down is a handwritten sheet reproducing lines from Southcott's 1814 publication, Wisdom Excelleth the Weapons of War. A collection of pamphlets by or about the prophet and writer Joanna Southcott (1750–1814). She was enormously prolific: 'Between 1801 and 1814, Southcott published some sixty-five pamphlets, totalling almost 5000 pages; moreover, her unpublished manuscripts amount to twice the number of pages in print. By one conservative estimate, a total of 108,000 copies of her various works were published and circulated from 1801 to 1816, making her one of the most popular writers of her time (Hopkins, 84). One reason for the immediate appeal of her texts is their unique mix of apocalyptic optimism with down-to-earth narratives about everyday life, which she converts to spiritual account.' (ONDB) The first pamphlet in this collection was written by Thomas Philip Foley and the second by William Sharp. Foley, rector of Old Swinford near Stourbridge, Worcestershire, and Sharp, a master engraver, were followers of the prophet Richard Brothers. In 1801 (whilst Brothers was imprisoned on grounds of insanity) they travelled with several of Brothers' other followers to meet Southcott and test her credibility. A year later they assisted in her move to London, becoming loyal friends and helping to spread word of her prophecies. Ref: 49171
Thomas of Villanova, Saint:: Opera Omnia quae Hactenus Reperiri Potuerunt. Editio novissima emendatior. Augustae Vindelicorum [Augsburg]: Sumptibus Ingatii Adami & Francisci Antonii Veith, 1757. Folio, pp. [vi] xvi [iv], cols. 980, pp. [lxii] + engraved frontispiece. Title-page in red and black. Paper foxed. Modern red library buckram, spine lettered in gilt. Small library stamp to title-page. Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555), a Spanish Augustinian friar, was chaplain to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. This edition of his works is rare in the UK, with COPAC recording one copy only (in the BL) plus a microfilm in Heythrop College. Ref: 34349show full image..
Warner, Marina: Alone Of All Her Sex. The Myth And The Cult Of The Virgin Mary. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxv, 400, xx. Red cloth, black lettering to spine, shelf wear and dusted edges, very good. Dust-jacket, 0.9cm tear with some loss to bottom edge of back cover, 2.1cm closed tear to top edge of front cover by spine, a couple other small closed tears to top edge, spine sunned, shelf worn, good only. Ref: 52102
Washington, Peter: Madame Blavatsky's Baboon. Theosophy and the Emergence of the Western Guru. London: Secker & Warburg, 1993. First edition. 8vo., pp.x, 470. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. Quite toned, very good overall. To ffep, gift inscription from the historian Max Egremont. Ref: 51521