Bingii ad Rhenum: G. C. Voigt, 1785-1791. Illus. Sm. 4to.(25 cm). Full mottle calf, raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, morocco labels, marbled endpapers, all edges red. First quarto edition. Editio omnium novissima, notis et animadversionibus, quoad historiam et dissertationem [sic] Novi Testamenti, aucta ad castigationem et illustrationem opinionum quorumdam [sic] auctoris, opera et studio Constantini Roncaglia ... Quibus accedunt, praeter animadversiones a P. Joanne Dominico Mansi ... in 2. Lucensi editione inserta [sic], aliae insuper ejusdem auctoris noviter elucubratae. Noel Alexandre, or Alexander Natalis (1639-1724), was a French historian and theologian, of the Order of St. Dominic who studied philosophy and theology in the convent of Saint Jacques, Paris, where he taught for twelve years, obtained the licentiate from the Sorbonne, and in 1675, the doctorate, and was urged to write a complete history of the church, the first volume appearing in 1677. “His directness and conciseness, his critical acumen, and his manner of viewing history and dividing it into special studies (then quite original, although now common enough) won for him the approbation of the learned. The first volumes of the history brought him letters of commendation and praise from Pope Innocent XI and many cardinals, but later volumes gave offense at Rome because of the author's Gallicism, and Innocent XI finally forbade the faithful to read ...it," Cath.Ency. Alexandre corrected the work in the third edition. Constantino Roncaglia brought out a sixth edition, unaltered, but with the addition of paragraphs and dissertations correcting the most offensive statements. The work was thus removed from the Index by Pope Benedict XIII. The edition offered here is the best and most complete, edited by Giovan Domenico Mansi who added many explanatory notes. An anonymous writer in two supplementary volumes (also included here) carried the history into the eighteenth century, and added various dissertations from other historians. The work thus completed appeared at Venice in 1778, in eleven folio volumes, and at Bingen, 1785-91, in twenty volumes. Spines and boards rubbed and scuffed, worn at extremities, heads and heels of a few volumes chipped, calf occasionally darkened or brittle mainly on spines, library call numbers to lower compartments, seminary book plate to front pastedowns, occasional bookseller's ticket, bindings tight, some scattered foxing otherwise leaves clean and unmarked. A valuable set. Brunet I, 169.
Religion & Philosophy
[Jakarta]: Jayakarta Agung Offset, 1991. 164 pp. Illus. with color photos. Folio. Cloth. In Indonesian. Reflection of Islamic religious life in Indonesia. A fine copy and as new in a near fine dust jacket in a near fine slipcase.
Boston: Privately Printed (by D.B. Updike at the Merrymount Press), 1910. vi, 82 pp. Sm. 4to. Cloth. First printing. With the bookplate of Charles Knowles Bolton and Ethel Stanwood Bolton, librarian of the Boston Atheneum and a writer respectively. Charles Knowles Bolton has added in his hand on a rear blank: "The author of this book was a friend of mine....said he was a damned scoundrel. I hope this book [gets?] him into heaven, CKB." Covers 397 items. Hard to find. A good copy, 3/4 inch chip to head of spine, small tear to joint, scattered foxing mainly to endpapers, binding solid, leaves clean.
Concord, NH. Stearns, Morrills & Silsby, 1840. 852 pp.; 259 pp. Illus. with two engravings with tissue guards. 32mo. (11 cm). Full morocco with leather tongue and clasp. All edges gilt. Added title page, engraved. OCLC lists no copies of the 1840 edition or earlier. There are two copies of a 1841 edition under the imprint of Morrill & Silsby at Harvard Divinity School and the NH Historical Society. A Polyglot Bible in 1843 was published by Stearns. The name Edward Fornis in gilt on one board. Scarce New Hampshire imprint. Clasp worn, boards rubbed, upper joints split but tight, beautiful period inscription to first blank, overall a very good copy.
New York: Printed for the American Bible Society, by D. Fanshaw : Stereotyped by T. Rutt, London, 1831. 746, , -968 pp. 8vo. Full calf. Stereotype edition. New Testament has separate title page. Boards and spine scuffed, chip to heel of spine, split at joints still solid, foxing especially to endpapers; a good copy.
Washington, D.C. Judd & Detweiler, (1958). Unpaged. [45 pp. + illus]. Illus. with 1 b/w engraving and 8 drawings. Tall 4to. Cloth. First edition. Lester Douglas, designer and dir. Inscribed by the designer; to wood engraver John De Pol, with his bookplate; includes his Christmas card and a National Press Club invitation. Owner's bookplate else a fine copy.
London: Sold by E. and C. Dilly; W. Harris; J. Gurney, J. Robinson; and B. Tomkins, 1770. vi, , 123,  pp. 12mo. Quarterbound morocco over marbled paper-covered boards. First edition. Abraham Booth (1734-1806) published the Death of Legal Hope as a supplement to his earlier Reigh of Grace which was directed against the extremes of Arminianism and antinominism. RLIN and OCLC show only 7 copies with an additional 6 listed in the ESTC. Lacking the half-title in some copies, spine and boards worn with some loss at the extremities, initials to free endpaper, light foxing on the title page, some offsetting throughout; overall a good to very good copy. ESTCT88205. Starr B4038.
Bouillon & Paris: Aux Dépens de la Sociéte Typographique & De L'Imprimerie de d'Houry, 1771. vi, -220; [viii], 120 pp. 16mo. Full calf, spine decorated with gilt florals, brown morocco lettering piece, boards ruled in gilt, gilt turn ins, all edges red, marbled endpapers. First editions. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704) was a French bishop and theologian in the court of Louis XIV, the "Sun King", a renowned orator and one of the most fervent defenders of absolute monarchy. Scarce. ABPC shows neither work at auction in the last half century, though a copy of L'Esprit de Bossuet was auctioned in Europe in 2004. See Delamarre, Louis, and Ferdinand Brunetière. "Jacques-Benigne Bossuet." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. OCLC shows six copies of L'Esprit de Bossuet but only one, at the BN France, of Principes sur la Fidélité due aux Rois. A very good copy, small splits on head and heel of joints with minor loss, light foxing to verso of endpapers, else text bright. Bibliographie Raisonne Des Oeuvres de Bossuet 114 (L'Esprit). Douret: Bibliographie bouillonnaise 53 (L'Esprit).
London: James Phillips, 1795, vii, 196 pp. 16mo. Quarter cloth over calf in a cloth slipcase. Later printing. First published in 1756, this is the biography of a Quaker preacher who traveled in the United States from 1702-1706, and from 1726-1728 when he met Elizabeth Hanson, who had been captured by Indians along with her children in 1724; he gives an account of her captivity, which later became a book. Signed on the title page Thos. Stewardson, most likely Thomas Stewardson (1762-1841), a Philadelphia Quaker who was as agent for local and British concerns. New spine with interior joints reinforced with tape, call numbers on spine, usual library stamps, front fly lacking, contemporary handwritten index on rear endpapers, notes to front pastedown obscured by library bookplate, in a later green cloth slipcase. Howes B668; Sabin 7097. ESTCT110717.
New York: Random House, 1973. 109 pp. 8vo. Cloth. First edition. A three-way conversation between the Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), James Joyce, and Norman O. Brown, the author of Life Against Death and Love's Body. A very good+ to near fine copy in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1951. viii, 176 pp. 8vo. Cloth with gilt titles. First edition. The first of Buchler's books of systematic philosophy concerned with developing a conception of experience which "should be able to encompass aspects of human life reflected by the sciences and arts, by moral and religious attitudes, and by what takes place psychologically, socially, technologically." Buchler was an American philosospher in the pragmatic tradition of Dewey, James, and Pierce. A very good copy, owner's stamp on free front endpaper, occasional neat red pencil underlining, in a very good- price-clipped dust jacket with a darkened spine and repair at heel.
Guadalajara: Tip. de Rodriguez, 1858. 30 pp. 8vo. Disbound. First edition. Rafael Sabas Camacho Garcia (1826-1908) was one of two brothers who were successively bishops of Querétaro, Ramon from 1868-1885 and Rafael from 1885-1908. He founded the Escuela de Musica Sagrada, the first liturgical music school in México, out of which evolved the Orfeon Queretano, oldest choral group still performing in Mexico. This sermon was preached while he was still a priest in Guadalajara. Scarce. OCLC locates only one copy, Berkeley. Provenance: Biblioteca Oscar G. Chavez, San Luis Potosi (stamp). Removed from a larger volume, private library stamp on title page and two other leaves, else a very good copy.
Paris: Auguste Durand; London: Barthès and Lowell; Leipzig: A. Franck, 1864. viii, 612 pp. 4to. Three quarter morocco over cloth boards, gilt title, five raised bands, original wrappers bound-in. First edition. "Quite rare," according to both Borba de Moraes and Rodrigues. A near fine copy, corners rubbed, light soiling on original wrappers. Sabin 10791. Palau 43642. Sommervogel II: col 715. Borba de Moraes I: 129. Rodrigues 540. Vicaire II: col 45.
Madrid: En la oficina de Joachin de Ibarra, 1768. ,  pp., 2-204 leaves. 4to. Old paper-covered boards. First edition. Mostly consists of comments on certain writings of Isidro Carbajal y Lancaster, Bishop of Cuenca, who had accused the monarchy of setting the country "hopelessly adrift" and stripping the church of its properties, scorning its ministers, and running a disastrous colonial policy leading to deterioration of the Spanish possessions (there had been rioting in Quito, Ecuador, in 1766). The Prontuario variously ascribed these comments to the fiscales of the Consejo Real, Pedro Campomanes and José Moñino, as well as other documents in the case. The bishop was eventually forced "to recant formally and abjectly before a session of the Consejo de Castilla held in Aranda's residence," (Stanley J. Stein, "Apogee of Empire: Spain and New Spain in the Age of Charles III, 1759–1789," Baltimore: John Hopkins, 2003). Palau wrongly lists the date in the 162216 entry as 1767, though it is correct in the second entry. Provenance: Alberto Parreno: Swann Parreño sale, 9 February 1978, lot 323, this copy. Crude leather spine, faint dampstain to front board and corner of first few leaves, rear board with larger dampstain as well as last leaves, occasional soil spot on leaves, bookseller label at rear, but untrimmed and wide margined, with strong impressions, certainly a good or better copy. Palau 162212. Also see 27675. Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 10472.100, suppl. Parreño Sale 323.
Santiago: Imprenta de la Independencia, 1860. 152 pp. 16mo. Stitched paper wrappers. Later printing. Traducida del italiano. Mandada reimprimir en 1852 per J.V. Molina, i. ultimamente en Julio de 1860 por un devoto. Unrecorded printing of this work. A very good copy with rubbed wrappers trimmed too small for leaves.
London: John Murray, 1865. Frontispiece, xviii, [iv], 441 pp. Illus. with 51 b/w wood engravings of which 5 are vignettes, 43 full page plates, and 3 vertical folding panoramas. 8vo. Full tooled brown morocco, raised bands, gilt titles, elaborate gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. First edition thus. Illus. by Perceval Skelton, Huar. The second volume could well stand alone as it was nearly completed by William Basil Jones before Volume I was begun. It covers Acts of the Apostles, Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, Hebrews, James, III John, and Revelation. All extremities worn with loss at the corners, small stain to front board, gilt still bright, volume tight, very clean and crisp with only rare foxing, small tears and creases to edges of two of three foldouts. Overall still about very good.
Puebla [Mexico]: Imprenta del hospital de S. Pedro, 1835. Frontis (in matching period facsimile), 265,  pp. 24mo. Modern quarter brown cloth over marbled boards, leather spine labels, stamped in gilt. First edition. Dual language text on facing pages in Nahuatl and Spanish by the otherwise unidentified "Cura del Obispado de la Puebla." One of a number of catechisms printed during the period in Puebla, which had become a locus of religious publication. Frontis and pp.265/6 lacking but provided in facsimile on matching paper; title page toned, otherwise a very clean, sharp copy in a fine modern binding. Sabin 23424. Field 516. Pilling 1251. Icazbalceta 104. Catalogue of Pre-1840 Nahuatl Works Held by The Lilly Library 40. Viñaza 436.
Amstelodami: pud Ludovicum Elzevirium, 1650. [6 lvs], 191 pp; 164; 88 pp; [12 lvs], 98 pp, [3 lvs]. Illus. with printer's device, initials, and head and tail pieces. Small 4to. Contemporary vellum, spine titles in manuscript. Tertia editio prioribus auctior & emendatior [Meditationes] and first Latin edition [Passiones animae]. The Meditationes is the first Latin edition by Elzevier in this format. Part  has a special title page: Appendix, continens objectiones...1649. Part  has half title: Epistola ... ad ... Gisbertum Voetivum. They are bound with the first Latin edition of Descartes' last work, Les passions de l'ame: Passiones animae per Renatum Des Cartes: gallicè ab ipso conscriptae, nunc autem in exterorum gratiam latina civitate donatae ab H. D. M. 1. v. L. Amstelodami, apud Ludovicum Elzevirium. Anno 1650. Elzevier produced two editions at the same time, one 12mo and this, the less common, 4to. Vellum soiled, worn at lower fore edge, spotted, seminary library bookplate on front pastedown, faint fragment of label on rear, free endpapers lacking, and pastedowns soiled and split; first blank with three sets of annotations, all in different hands, first two dozen leaves or so with medium brown circular stain, starting at under 4 centimeters and becoming progressively smaller and fainter until extinguished at G3, just touching (though not obscuring) last few letters of text on the corner of last lines; the odd short and faint underline on perhaps a dozen pages; still a good copy. Tchermezine 304b (Passiones animae). Guibert (5) pp 48-50. Willems 1107 (Meditationes ) & 1106 (Passiones animae).