A Kempis, Thomas: L'Imitation de Jesus-Christ. Traduction nouvelle. Paris: Chez Saillant [...] Despilly [...] Desaint, 1767. 12mo. pp. [ii], xl, 409, [iii]. Half-title, engraved frontispiece, 5 engraved plates, armorial decoration on p. v. Small tear to lower edge of frontispiece, occasional very minor spotting on plates, lower edge of plate 3 shaved, 2 leaves misbound. 18th century crimson crushed morocco, marbled endpapers, triple gilt ruled, gilt fleurons to corners, raised bands, spine gilt ruled with gilt dentelles, fleurons, stars and tendrils, inner and outer edges gilt, a.e.g., silk bookmark. Covers minimally rubbed, sympathetic repair at head of spine. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. Exquisitely bound French translation of Thomas a Kempis devotional masterpiece. It was prepared by Louis-Isaac Lemaistre de Sacy (1613-84), priest, humanist and author of the Bible de Port Royal, the most used translation in 18th century France. Not in Brunet. Ref: 53165show full image..
[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: pp.; II: , 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, occasional spotting or toning, II: occasional toning or mainly marginal spotting, title and verso of last a bit soiled. 18th-century tree 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: 53302show full image..
[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: 53756show full image..
Brand, Benjamin: Holy Treasure and Sacred Song: Relic Cults and their Liturgies in Medieval Tuscany. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxii, 296. Music Examples, Figures, and Tables to text. Hardback: blue cloth, silver-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Unread, as new. Ref: 53380
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. , , 544, , 214, 217-315, 318-483, , 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: 52060show full image..
[Diamond Classics] [Bible: N.T.] Novum Testamentum Graecum. Londini [London]: Gulielmus Pickering, 1828. 48mo. (80 x 45 mm), pp. , 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: 53683show full image..
Fox, Robin Lane: The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible. London: Viking, 1991. First edition, third impression. 8vo., pp. 478. Hardback: black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine, top edges a little bumped. Dust-jacket, light shelf-wear with creasing to edges. Still a very good copy. Ref: 53912
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: 53164show full image..