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Athanasius of Alexandria; Swedenborg, Emanuel: De Athanasii Symbolo. The Athanasian Creed. An Unpublished Manuscript. London: Swedenborg Society (Inc.), 1954. 8vo., pp. [iv], 93, [iii]. Latin and English parallel texts. Internally clean and bright. Green cloth, gilt title to spine and upper board with gilt coat of arms. A little rubbed, near fine.   Ref: 52069 
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[B.C.P.] Liturgia: seu Liber Precum Communium, et administrationis sacramentorum, aliorumque Rituum & Ceremoniarum in Ecclesia Anglicana Receptus: Itémque Forma & Modus Creandi, Ordinandi, & Consecrandi Episcopos, Presbyteros, & Diaconos. Epistolae, Evangelia, & Psalmi inseruntur juxta Sebastiani Londini: typis G. Bowyer, impensis J. J. & P. Knapton, J. & J. Bonwicke, J. Osborne & T. Longman, B. 1733. 5th edition. 12mo., unpaginated. With engraved frontispiece, woodcut head-pieces. Patchy toning especially to the first few gatherings, ffep and next two leaves dampstained at top edge, occasional spots and smudges. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, raised bands and black title label to spine. Spine creased and worn with loss to headcap, upper corners a bit worn but very good overall. To spine, remains of a paper label reading 'MN 7.305'. To front paste-down, a printed book label, 'From the Library of Dr. Melvin. Presented to Marischal College. 10th September 1856.' Inked to the foot of the label by hand, a code 'MN.7.305'. To frontispiece verso, title-page and leaf B1 a rectangular inkstamp of the University of Aberdeen Library. The frontispiece verso also has a very faint inscription, possibly the name Blakeney and a date. To the final leaf verso some MS which has been scribbled over and then mostly faded away. 'Editio quinta prioribus longè emendatior'. Bowyer's records show 2000 copies printed of 20 sheets. ESTC T140400   Ref: 52220 
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[Book of Common Prayer] Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be Sung or Said in Churches. London: Engraven and Printed by the Permission of Mr Baskett, Printer to the King's most Excellent M 1717. 8vo., pp.xxii, 166, [ii]. Silverplate engraving throughout, with ornate borders, initials and decorations, and copious illustrations. Volvelle to p.v, single-page publisher's list to rear. Faint toning, volvelle repaired at point of attachment but functional. Recent brown morocco, raised bands, gilt spine with title, a.e.g., very good. 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Generally considered the most spectacular of Sturt's productions, the entire text is engraved rather than typeset, and is lavishly ornamented. Sturt (16581730) specialised in miniature work and was renowned for having engraved the Lord's Prayer in the space of a silver halfpenny and the Creed within that of a penny. Here his frontispiece portrait of King George I showcases this skill, being composed of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, a prayer for the royal family, and Psalm 21, all inscribed in lines of tiny characters across the King's profile. The overall effect disquiets Dibdin to a degree this cataloguer cannot recall seeing before, as he describes the miniscule text 'running horizontally and directly across the physiognomy of his Majesty. These sacred parts of our Liturgy were perhaps never before so unpicturesquely introduced.' He recovers his composure though, and admires the book's visual impact if not its practicality: 'The effect is harsh and dazzling in the extreme, and surely none but the most enthusiastic devotee ever yet prayed to heaven from the text of Sturt's prayer-book.' (Dibdin, Bibliographical Decameron p.116) Five variants are listed by the ESTC, this copy being that with a cherub-filled border to page v, and no numeral in the head margin. ESTC T141241   Ref: 51511  show full image..
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Frere, Walter Howard: The Marian Reaction In it's Relation to the English Clergy. London: S.P.C.K., 1896. 8vo., pp. 288. Blue cloth, spine and upper board lettered. Cocked, a little worn to extremities, still very good overall. Bookplate of Harbert Tanner to front paste-down. The Church Historical Society series.   Ref: 37689 
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Gasquet, Francis Aidan: The Last Abbot of Glastonbury and his Companions. An Historical Sketch. London: Simpkin Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1895. 8vo., pp. [viii], 195, [i] + numerous plates including colour frontispiece. Very occasional faint spots of foxing, small patch of toning to half-title but generally clean within. Dark blue cloth, gilt title to spine and centrepiece to upper board. Slightly cocked, endcaps a little tattered, very slight wear to corners, edges uncut with some therefore becoming brittle but still very good.   Ref: 52228 
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Gurnall, William: The Christian in Compleat Armour. Or, a Treatise, of the Saints War Against the Devil; Wherein Discovery is made of that Grand Enemy of God and his People, in his Policies, Power, Seat of his Empire, Wickedness, and chief design he hath against the Saints. A Magazin Opened, from whence the Christian is furnished with Spiritual Arms for London: printed for Ralph Smith, 1669. 5th edition. Folio, pp. [xvi], 150, 520, [xxiv]. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, errata on (b)4v. Tiny manicule to p.3, a few marginal crosses to index. Small hole to leaf F affecting a few words, 10cm closed tear to 3M3 with no loss, 2C3 creased. Occasional spots, smudges and ink blots, final leaf creased and a bit foxed. Contemporary brown sheep, crudely rebacked in skiver but now faded and failing at both joints though cords are sound. All edges very worn and peeling, corners frayed, endpapers toned and repaired at hinges with marbled paper now split. As it stands, internally good and soundly sewn, still a good reading copy (and priced accordingly); but would greatly benefit from the attentions of a binder. To front paste-down: pencilled ownership inscription of P.A. Slack dated May 1969; 19th-century bookplate of Rev. Matthew Pugh. To title-page, inscription of J. Seymour in an old hand. 'In 1662 the third and final part of Gurnall's treatise The Christian in Compleat Armour was published, the first and second parts having appeared in 1655 and 1658. The first part was dedicated to his flock at Lavenham; the third to the aged patroness of the godly, Mary, Lady Vere, of Kirby Hall, to whose care two of the royal children had been entrusted by the parliamentarian authorities in the civil war [...] [Christian Armour] had a significant impact both in his own lifetime and long after his death as a work of spiritual consolation and exhortation. [...] The book was reprinted many times into the nineteenth and indeed the twentieth centuries and the translation into Welsh alone was reprinted four times between 1775 and 1809.' (ODNB) ESTC R28051; Wing G2257   Ref: 52062 
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Hody, Humphrey: De Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus, Versionibus Graecis, & Latina Vulgata: Libri IV. Oxonii [Oxford]: e Theatro Sheldoniano, 1705. Folio, pp.[xii], XXXVI, 664 + portrait frontispiece. Printer's device to title-page. Very clean and bright internally. Contemporary light tan calf, raised bands, tan morocco gilt title label, blind-tooled frame to each board, edges sprinkled red. A bit rubbed, spine slightly faded, a few small chips and scratches plus slight surface worming near top corner of upper board, endpapers a little toned. An excellent copy. Small paper library labels at head and tail of spine. To the front paste-down, armorial bookplate from the Earl of Macclesfield's North Library, dated 1860. The same crest with the motto Sapere Aude appears as a small embossed stamp to frontis, title and dedication. To the top corner of the ffep, 'Hodij de Septuagint' written in an old hand. De Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus was the last of Hody's (16591707) works to be published in his lifetime. In his earliest publication, Contra Historiam Aristeae de LXX Interpretibus Dissertatio (Oxford, 1684), Hody had shown that Aristeas' letter containing an account of the production of the Septuagint was a forgery. Isaac Vossius published an vitriolic reply to this in the appendix to his edition of Pomponius Mela (1686). Here, Hody issues a reply to Vossius's criticisms as well as revisiting his original work on the Septuagint. 'In his will, made in November 1706, he wished that all copies of his last book unsold at the time of his death should be "disposed of beyond Sea and let none be sold in England besides those perhaps of the larger paper"' (ODNB) Hody's final work De Graecis Illustribus, was published posthumously in 1742 by Samuel Jebb. ESTC T86088   Ref: 51768 
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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 
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[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 (16301701) 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 
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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: 34352  show full image..
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