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[Bible] The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues: And with the former Translations diligently Compared and Revised. [with] The Book of Common Prayer. [with] The Whole Book of Psalms. Oxford [with] Oxford [with] London: Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the University [with] Printe 1723 [with] 1726 [with] 1723. 4 parts in 2 vols. 4to. I: [764]pp.; II: [558], 56. I: title and first gathering lightly waterstained at lower blank margin, one leaf repaired not affecting reading, title softened with few marginal tears, one just touching text, II: title and verso a bit soiled. Both volumes with occasional spotting and browning and light toning otherwise. 18th-century mottled calf, marbled endpapers, gilt-lettered labels to spine. Boards and extremities somewhat rubbed. Inscription '15 Sept 1811 Ann Norbys Book' to title; earlier, 18th-century, inscription 'Henrietta Potter her Booke' to first leaf of text. An Oxford edition printed by John Baskett - not recorded, with the present imprint, combination and collation, in Darlow & Moule. Vol. 1 includes the Old Testament - with a title dated 1723 and the specification 'Printer to the University' after Baskett's name - from Genesis to the 'End of the Prophets'. Vol. 2 resumes with the Book of Common Prayer, dated 1726; this is followed by the rest of the Old Testament (beginning at Ddd6), with the Apocrypha; then the New Testament, dated 1723 (beginning with signature Qqq1 and ending with Iiii2), followed by the Index and the Book of Psalms, printed by T. Wood and S. Palmer in London. ESTC T180200 (Book of Psalms); ESTC T81262 (Book of Common Prayer).   Ref: 53302  show full image..
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[Bible] Gutenberg, Johann: Biblia Sacra. [Facsimile of the Gutenberg 42-line Bible] New York: Pageant Books, 1961 Limited edition of 1000 sets, this copy unnumbered. 2 vols., large folio. Text of the entire Gutenberg Bible printed lithographically, the illumination reproduced through sheet-fed gravure. Hand-bound crushed crimson morocco, Gutenberg's initials tooled in blind within large lozenge on both upper covers, spine gilt-lettered, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, An outstanding, fresh and clean copy of this sumptuous masterpiece of lithography - the first American facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible of 1455. The text is based on the first facsimile ever produced, that of Insel Verlag, 1913-14. The Insel facsimile was produced from two of the most attractive copies, preserved at the Berlin Koniglichen Bibliothek and the Standischen Landesbibliothek in Fulda. This explains the occasional interpolation of leaves with a different (though always German) decorative style, which adds to the charm of the work as it provides different examples of contemporary illumination. The paper is '100 per cent rag content made especially for this book'. This copy is unnumbered and is hand-bound in sumptuous red morocco.   Ref: 53756  show full image..
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Clarke, Samuel: A General Martyrologie containing a Collection of All the Greatest Persecutions which have Befallen the Church of Christ [...] London: Printed for William Birch, 1677 Folio. 3 parts in 1, pp. [2], [36], 544, [2], 214, 217-315, 318-483, [5], plus frontispiece with engraved author's portrait, 11 engraved plates, 11 half-page engraved portraits of theologians, decorated initials and ornaments. Light browning, blank recto of frontispiece, title, verso of last leaf and upper edge of last two gatherings dust-soiled, upper margin lightly waterstained and softened or a trifle frayed in places, long tear without loss from lower edge extending to blank margin of L2, another from fore-edge of last leaf, ink splash to N3 and 3L2-3, minor repair to lower blank margin of frontispiece and 2L4, Y4 printed on separate leaves pasted together (cancels?). 18th-century half calf over marbled boards, rebacked to style, a.e.r., corners and extremities worn. A few 18th-century bibliographical annotations (some in shorthand) to frontispiece blank recto and elsewhere, autograph John Sale to frontispiece recto, another Josiah Lewis April 6 1767 to upper blank margin of frontispiece verso, 19th-century armorial bookplate of Trustees of William Coward Esq. (ms. note Brown Bequest 1881) to front pastedown, two labels of New College London Genera Library to front endpapers. A handsomely illustrated history of Protestant martyrs, written by the English Puritan preacher Samuel Clarke (1599-1682). Despite his strong Puritan views and harsh attacks against 'scandalous' religious in London, he was among the signatories against the execution of Charles I. First published in 1651 (here in the fourth edition), his 'Martyrologie' is an encyclopaedia of religious persecution from the foundations of Christianity to the 17th century. The general section includes persecutions mentioned in the Old Testament, proceeding with the 'primitive' persecutions, others in Persia, Africa, France, Bohemia and other areas of Europe (including the Baltic territories), those of Waldenses and Albigenses, and a last part on the more recent ones, with the martyrdom of William of Nassau, St Bartholomew's night, La Rochelle, Scotland and Ireland. The English sections comprises persecutions during the rule of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Danes, with special attention to the Tudor period. There are also biographies of major English Protestant theologians. The engraved plates, divided into smaller scenes, illustrates the torments of martyrdom, with captions: 'Chistians Braines Beaten out with Clubbe', 'Som broided upon Gridiron', 'Some were sawed asunder in the midle'. A very interesting and learned work. ESTC R14425.   Ref: 52060  show full image..
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[Diamond Classics] [Bible: N.T.] Novum Testamentum Graecum. Londini [London]: Gulielmus Pickering, 1828. 48mo. (80 x 45 mm), pp. [8], 512. Text entirely in Greek. Engraved frontispiece by Worthington after Leonardo's Last Supper, engraved title-page. Frontispiece and engraved title a little dusty, light age yellowing. Contemporary crushed navy blue morocco, boards and spine gilt, inner edges gilt. Spine sunned, joints and corners a little rubbed. Inscription 'The Hon.ble Francis H. Baring from Bart B. Dowling Feb 13 1878' to fly. From Pickering's famous 'Diamond Classics' series. Dedicated to George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), renowned bibliophile. 'The smallest Greek Testament ever published. Reuss places the text among Editiones Stephano-Elzevirianæ, i.e. the class represented by Buck's edition of 1632 and similar Testaments.' (D&M). A very good, clean copy, exquisitely printed in Greek diamond type by C. Corrall. Keynes, p.81; Darlow & Moule 4816   Ref: 53683  show full image..
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Rapin, Rene: Les Artifices des Heretiques. Paris: Chez Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy. 1681. 12mo. pp. [xii], 444. Woodcut vignette to title. Small clean tear from outer edge of p.271, few leaves a trifle browned or dampstained. Contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, spine triple gilt ruled, gilt fleurons and tendrils, all edges sprinkled red. Boards and outer edges rubbed. A rather vigorous Jesuit diatribe against Jansenism as an heretical imposture, listing the 24 psychological techniques and social behaviours by which Jansenists pass themselves off as 'saintly people'.   Ref: 53164  show full image..
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Van Dale, Anton: Dissertationes de Origine ac Progressu Idololatriae et Superstitionum: De Vera ac Falsa Prophetia; Uti et de Divinationibus Idololatricis Judaeorum. Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: Apud Henricum & viduam Theodori Boom, 1696. First edition. 4to, pp. [lii], 762, [xiv]. Title-page in read and black. Title very thin in two patches (possibly paper flaws) causing some small holes but not affecting text, paper flaw causing a hole in the final leaf but again not affecting text, a little light toning and a few spots. Contemporary vellum with MS title to spine. Evidence of a bookplate having been removed from the front paste-down, lacks ffep, smudges and a few stains to vellum but very good overall. Anton van Dale (1638-1708) made his living first as a merchant, then as a physician. While working he simultaneously studied classical languages, eventually becoming a Latin scholar of some standing. He was for a while a Mennonite preacher, but was said to have resigned his role because his sermons, heavily laced with Greek and Latin, failed to appeal to his audience. He wrote extensively against superstition and witch-hunting. His most influential book, De Oraculis Veterum Ethnicorum Dissertationes (1683) was a work on oracles, in which he argued against belief in the supernatural and the role of the Devil in the pagan oracular tradition. Here in Dissertationes de origine ac Progressu Idololatriae et Supertitionum, Van Dale considers the ideas of true and false prophecy in the Bible and argues against the existence of the miraculous. As such, the book was placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1737.   Ref: 54050  show full image..
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