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The Self and the Dramas of History

By NIEBUHR, Reinhold

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1955. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering. 246pp. Very good. Faintest of binding edgewear. A tight and attractive first edition.

$25.00

Typed Letter Signed
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Typed Letter Signed

By CULVER, Raymond B. (1887-1938)

This Baptist educator was a rising star in the world of university presidencies when he became fourth president of the unorthodox "Great Books" institution known as Frances Shimer Junior College in Mount Carroll, Illinois, in 1936, but his leadership was cut short by a brain tumor from which he died at age 50. TLS, 1p, 7¼" X 10½", Mount Carroll, IL, 3 September 1936. Addressed to Mary B. Day. Fine. On "Office of the President" college letterhead, the president, who'd been in office only about one week, writes this meaty letter to the librarian of Chicago's famed Museum of Science and Industry. At this time Shimer College was an all-female school, and he writes in part: "There is a tide in the education of a girl which, if missed, is perhaps permanently lost. At times it may seem to be unfortunate that we cannot halt nature's on-rushing development or retard it to suit our own convenience or the times in which we live. But in this instance nature is probably right. Growth will not wait.... Our ambition is to know each girl so thoroughly that each stage of growth is provided for by every opportunity for self development and by sympathetic guidance..." He goes on and on along these horn-tooting lines for several paragraphs. Boldly signed in full in ink at the close. Unusual and quite interesting.

$75.00

Autobiography of a Pioneer; or, the Nativity, Experience, Travels, and Ministerial Labors of Rev. Jacob Young; with Incidents, Observations, and Reflections
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Autobiography of a Pioneer; or, the Nativity, Experience, Travels, and Ministerial Labors of Rev. Jacob Young; with Incidents, Observations, and Reflections

By YOUNG, Jacob

Cincinnati: Cranston and Curts, n.y.. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Grey cloth with black lettering and rules. 528pp. Very good. Quite mild binding edgewear; text block lightly age toned. A tight and attractive copy of what the front board titles "An Itinerant Ohio Pioneer" to describe the memoir of this Methodist minister (1776-1859). Although preface is dated 1857, the binding style and paper suggest a later, post-Civil War vintage, perhaps 1870s.

$75.00

Review of Dr. Scott's Bible and Politics in the Light of Religion and the Law
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Review of Dr. Scott's Bible and Politics in the Light of Religion and the Law

By ANDERSON, W.C., and HAIGHT, Fletcher M.

San Francisco: Towne & Bacon, 1859. Paperback. 8vo. Original printed blue wrappers. iv, 92pp. Very good. Mild wear to outer wrappers (only), with chip at tail of spine. First edition, a tight and attractive copy. The noted minister of the First Presbyterian Church tackles William Anderson Scott's pamphlet "The Bible and Politics" and a fray about which version of the Bible should be placed in the California schools. Pages 59-92 consist of "Constitutional Review of Dr. Scott's Bible and Politics" by Haight, the prominent San Francisco attorney (later judge) after whom the famed Haight Street is named (of Haight-Ashbury fame). A handsome copy of this scarce early San Francisco imprint.

$250.00

The Archbishop Wore Combat Books: Memoir of an Extraordinary Life -- From Combat, to Camelot, to Katrina
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The Archbishop Wore Combat Books: Memoir of an Extraordinary Life -- From Combat, to Camelot, to Katrina

By HANNAN, Philip

Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2010. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 457pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. Outstandingly pristine first edition of this fightin' cleric's autobiography -- chaplain to the 82nd Airborne Division during World War Two, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC (1956-65) and eleventh Archbishop of New Orleans (1965-88). As Hannan died at age 98 in 2011 shortly after the release of this book, copies signed by the nonagenarian aren't seen -- but this copy bears a fine autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is a special heavy stock card signed boldly by Hannan in full in black fineline, dated by him 8 October 1970 at upper right. Laid in is the perfect bookmark -- the original signature transmittal envelope.

$55.00

The Holy Bible Translated from the Latin Vulgat: Diligently Compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and Other Editions in Divers Languages: The Old Testament, First Published at The English College at Doway, A.D. 1609, and The New Testament, First Published at the English College at Rhemes, A.D. 1582. With Annotations, References, and a Historical and Chronological Index
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The Holy Bible Translated from the Latin Vulgat: Diligently Compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and Other Editions in Divers Languages: The Old Testament, First Published at The English College at Doway, A.D. 1609, and The New Testament, First Published at the English College at Rhemes, A.D. 1582. With Annotations, References, and a Historical and Chronological Index

By (BIBLE)

Philadelphia: Eugene Cummiskey, 1836. Hardcover. 8vo. Full original calf with gilt spine lettering. 688pp, (8pp), 691pp. Good. Front and rear boards a solid very good, though spine is rough and scuffed, with "Holy Bible" black calf label half present; delicate front hinge strengthened with old but neat brown cloth tape to endpaper gutter; tight and clean text block occasionally age toned and mildly foxed, mostly to preliminary leaves. A rustic but decent and handleable copy of this edition stereotyped by J. Howe and based on the fifth Dublin edition. Of great interest is the 8-page "Family Record" section between the Old and New Testaments, blank leaves filled in (most in brown ink, some in pencil) recording the family births, deaths and marriages of the family of noted Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary sister Mary Aquin Martin (1860-?), who became Mother of the Convent and Academy of the Visitation in St. Louis by 1921. At one point the family records "Mary Martin Born Feb. 5th 1860," and elsewhere "Mary Martin entered Visitation Convent at St Louis December 17th 1878 professed March 19th 1881." This cloistered Roman Catholic women's order was founded in 1610 by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Francis de Chantal in Annecy, France. Laid in loose are a fascinating small archive of family documents: Two additional "Family Record" pages, apparently from a different Bible, a fine 4¼" X 6½" heavy stock cabinet card (St. Louis: F.W. Guerin Photographer on backstamp) showing a young (handwritten label at bottom) "Sr. Mary Aquin Martin / Mary Martin, 1877" (likely misdated, since she entered the convent the following year), a superb half-length of the young novitiate in her habit; "Reward of Merit" card for her younger brother John H. Martin, recorded in family record as born in 1862, as "left Dubuque for Butte City Montana April 9th 1885 Arrived there April 16th 1885" and died in 1890; two partly-printed 1876 "First Communion" cards for her younger brother James T. Martin, recorded in family record as born in 1865, married in 1909 and died in 1919; 1883 "first holy communion" slip for her younger sister Laura Martin, recorded in the family record as born in 1870 and also as entering the Visitation Convent on October 4th, 1893; and lastly a printed funeral card for Irish-born reverend Michael O'Donnell, who died at Pleasant Grove, Iowa at age 28 in 1879. An acceptable copy of this uncommon Bible and with fascinating family history record and documents from the family of a notable member of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary.

$395.00

Introduction a la Vie Devote par Saint Francis de Sales
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Introduction a la Vie Devote par Saint Francis de Sales

By (ORDER OF THE VISITATION OF HOLY MARY)

Quebec: Librairie Garneau Limitee, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Full black pebble-grain limp leatherette with gilt spine lettering and blind-embossed rules. 329pp, (5pp). Frontispiece, decorative endpapers. Near fine. Head of spine a tad rough, else tight, bright and lovely. "Nouvelle Edition" of this primer. Small convent name/address inkstamp on copyright page and last text page -- undated, though introductory statement dated 1905, which fits in with the "French Class Villa de Chantal" red pencilled on front and rear inner flyleaves. This Rock Island, Illinois Gothic Revival girls school was built in the early years of the 20th century. Tiny red pencilled note on page 155, else a remarkably fresh, charming copy.

$50.00

Custom-Book and Directory for the Religious Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary
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Custom-Book and Directory for the Religious Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary

By (ORDER OF THE VISITATION OF HOLY MARY)

Roehampton, U.K.: Privately Printed, 1867. Hardcover. Small 4to. Quarter black calf with gilt spine lettering and black pebble-grain cloth. x, 130pp, pp. 211-307, 2pp, 110pp, 14pp; pp. 131-210. 2 engraved plates, 2 foldout plates. Very good to near fine. Tight, handsome first edition of this how-to manual for the enclosed Roman Catholic women's order founded in 1610 by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Francis de Chantal in Annecy, France -- here "Translated from the Edition Printed at Annecy, 1850." This fascinating handbook runs through every facet of the order that emphasizes Mary's mission of mercy to visit her cousin Elizabeth, stressing humility, obedience, poverty and patience but not so austere as other orders that require fasting and middle-of-night canonical chanting. Also interesting is the careful editing of this copy by later generations -- it was apparently a work in progress. Pages 131-210 were never bound in, and a neatly pencilled comment on page 211 notes, "The Directory with explanations for the Office has been taken out of this Book" -- although this offending section was retained intact separately and these 80 pages bound in stiff archival wrapper accompany this volume. Elsewhere (in 110pp section near the close) a neatly typed 4¼" X 7" slip apparently prepared in May 1913 has been neatly tipped in, noting that "According to the orders of our Most Rev. Archbishop, James J. Keane... the following are the only feasts on which we are permitted to sing the Office" and listing 12 religious holidays. The 14pp section at rear was inserted later, after binding, and consists of "Explanation of the General Plans of the Monasteries of the Visitation of Holy Mary." Front flyleaf notes "This book belongs to the Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary of Dubuque." Most unusual and very scarce, especially in such sharp condition.

$295.00

Sainte Jeanne-Francoise-Fremyot de Chantal: Sa Vie et Ses Oeuvres

By DE CHANTAL, Sainte Jeanne-Francoise Fremyot

Paris: E. Plon et Cie, Imprimeurs-Editeurs, 1874. 6-volume set (out of 8?). Small 4to. Quarter calf with gilt spine lettering and rules and brown pebble-grain cloth. xxiii, 601pp; xiv, 549pp; xxx, 632pp; 688pp; 716pp; 722pp. Very good overall. Minor binding edgewear, with rear board of last two volumes starting and delicate but otherwise tight and decent, with leather attractive and spine gilt bright -- and internally all volumes are bright and near fine. "Edition Authentique" of this attractive set of writings (entirely in French) by and about the Roman Catholic saint (1572-1641) who founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary with Saint Francis de Sales in 1610. First volume is "Memoires," followed by "Oeuvres Diverses" volume II (lacks volume I of this subset), and finally 4 volumes of "Lettres" (volumes I, II, III, V). Ex-monastery library, with "This book belongs to the Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary of Dubuque" penned at top of each front flyleaf and with very few and discreet other markings.

$250.00

Memoires de la Mere de Chaugy sur la Vie et les Vertus de Sainte Jeanne-Francoise de Chantal
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Memoires de la Mere de Chaugy sur la Vie et les Vertus de Sainte Jeanne-Francoise de Chantal

By BOULANGE, L'Abbe T.

Le Mans: Fleuriot, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1845. Hardcover. 8vo. Quarter calf with gilt spine lettering and marbled paper over boards. liv, (6pp), 535pp. Very good. Binding a tad rough, though leather is strong and gilting decent; endpapers (only) a bit age toned and faintly foxed, though otherwise internally tight, bright and near fine; small inkstamped monastery name/address on both pastedowns and title page verso and contemporary notation of same ("Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary of St. Louis") on front flyleaf. Tight and attractive second edition of this life of the French saint (1572-1641) whose spiritual mentor was fellow saint Francis de Sales and who founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary -- in one of whose convents this copy resided for about 175 years.

$75.00

The Two-Edged Sword: An Interpretation of the Old Testament
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The Two-Edged Sword: An Interpretation of the Old Testament

By McKENZIE, John L.

Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1956. Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth with black and brown lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. xv, 317pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket spine slightly sunned. Tight and quite attractive first edition of what some consider one of the most important interpretations of the Old Testament ever published and one of the best books by the highly-regarded Catholic theologian from Indiana (1910-91). Outstanding jacket front panel graphics. Tipped to front flyleaf is a handsome printed statement from The Catholic Literary Foundation presenting it. A superb copy.

$75.00

Our English Minsters: First Series
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Our English Minsters: First Series

By FARRAR, F.W.

London: Isbister & Company, n.y.. Hardcover. Illustrations by Herbert Railton and others. 8vo. Red cloth with ornate gilt lettering. 351pp. Frontispiece, numerous line drawings. Very good. Faint edgewear, mainly at head of spine, though internally bright and near fine. A tight and attractive first edition of the "First Series" of these sketches of seven large important English churches, each penned by a noted cleric of the day. Farrar himself contributes the first chapter on Westminster Abbey, and others included are Canterbury, Durham, Wells, Lincoln, Winchester and Gloucester. This copy bears a choice autograph addition: Tipped to the front flyleaf is an envelope addressed in Farrar's hand and enclosed in it an Autograph Letter Signed from him, 4pp, 4" X 6" (lettersheet), Westminster, n.y. [postal cancellation 3 December 1878]. Addressed to Edward Daniell (1807-92), English bookseller, printseller and publisher. Near fine. "I have no personal connexion of any kind with the proposed Stores & have not yet ever intended to have, the smallest pecuniary interest in them. I have not taken even a single share. I was not asked whether I approve of an endeavour to give to the clergy a part of the benefits derived by members of the profession from cooperative stores; & of such an endeavour I saw no reason whatever to disapprove. With the whole question of commerce I never thought of entering, as I have never made it a study nor am I aware that Stores do any injury to any tradesman who adopt the same principles." Boldly and sloppily penned and signed in brown ink. Farrar (1831-1903) was a Church of England cleric, scholar and writer long associated with Westminster Abbey and later Dean of Canterbury as well as chaplain in ordinary to the royal household; he was a friend of Charles Darwin's, served as one of his pallbearers, preached his funeral sermon and was instrumental in getting him buried at Westminster Abbey. Sharp copy, with giltstamping bright and lovely.

$150.00

The Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons, from the First Vision of Joseph Smith to the Last Courtship of Brigham Young...
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The Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons, from the First Vision of Joseph Smith to the Last Courtship of Brigham Young...

By STENHOUSE, T.B.H.

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873. Hardcover. Small 4to. Modern rebind in green cloth with original cloth spine (with ornate gilt lettering and black decorations) laid down. xxiv, 761pp. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, numerous steel-engraved illustrations. Near fine. Bit of age toning to inner flyleaf, else exceptionally tight and bright throughout. Handsome first edition of this mammoth history by the noted LDS missionary (1825-82) who turned prominent and public heretic, publishing this and other anti-Mormon texts. Subtitle continues: "Including the Story of the Hand-Cart Emigration -- The Mormon War -- The Mountain-Meadow Massacre -- The Reign of Terror in Utah -- The Doctrine of Human Sacrifice -- The Political, Domestic, Social, and Theological Influences of the Saints -- The Facts of Polygamy -- The Colonization of the Rocky Mountains, and the Development of the Great Mineral Wealth of the Territory of Utah." FLAKE-DRAPER 8404.

$300.00

Moses
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Moses

By BUBER, Martin

Oxford: Easy & West Library, 1946. Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth with gilt lettering. 226pp. Very good/very good. Head and foot of spine a bit sunned; jacket a tad edgeworn, with large chip at head and tail of age-toned spine and expert archival mends on verso; front flyleaf ownership signature. Quite tight and nice first English-language edition of this study, first published in German in 1945.

$55.00

Color Photograph Signed

By GANTIN, Bernardin (1922-2008)

This influential Roman Catholic prelate from Benin was named archbishop of Cotonou in 1960 and cardinal in 1984, later becoming the first non-European named Dean of the College of Cardinals in 1993, the highest-ranking African in the Roman Catholic church since its earliest years. Color PS (on verso, as was his custom), 4" X 6", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Handsome printed formal head-and-shoulders portrait in clerical garb as a young man, boldly signed in black fineline near the bottom on the verso. With original envelope cancelled at the Vatican on 21 May 1982.

$55.00

The Weekly Pacquet of Advice from Rome: or, The History of Popery
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The Weekly Pacquet of Advice from Rome: or, The History of Popery

By (POPISH PLOT)

London: Langley Curtis, 1681. Paperback. Small 8vo. Self-cover. Pp. 417-424. Near fine. Faintly age toned, as usual, else bright and attractive. Single issue (June 20, 1681) from the third volume of this Catholic-bashing weekly whose purpose was to fan the flames of anti-Catholicism supposedly begun by Titus Oates and which gripped England from 1678 to 1681. Oates wanted all Brits and Scots to believe that the Catholic Church in England was trying to assassinate King Charles II. On page 423 a contemporary hand neatly pens "Remarkable" alongside one anecdote about "a famous Virgin, called Juliana." This particular issue was published as the hysteria was waning, and soon afterward Oates was tried for perjury and found guilty. A handsome example.

$75.00

Typed Letter Signed
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Typed Letter Signed

By TOURET, Frank Hale (1875-1945)

This Episcopal cleric served as Bishop of Utah from 1917 to 1919, Missionary Bishop of Idaho from 1919 to 1924 and Bishop of Western Colorado from 1917 to 1924. TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Grand Junction, CO, 30 November 1918. Addressed to Messrs. Mitchell & Smith of Charleston, South Carolina. Very good. Faintly age toned, with original folds. On letterhead of "The Missionary District of Western Colorado," the prelate discusses conditions of "the will of Miss Margaret Murdoch" with these attorneys, innocently enquiring "Will you kindly advise me at your earliest convenience as to the amount of this bequest?" Signed large and full in brown ink, below which he pens "Acting Bishop of Utah." An uncommon oddity.

$75.00

Koran
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Koran

By (KORAN)

N.p.: N.p., n.y.. Paperback. Miniature (1¼"). Stiff glossy red wrappers. (Ca. 200pp). Very good. Quite mild wear to outer wrappers only -- internally tight and bright. Attractive copy of this bibliographically-vacant production. If publisher, city or year of publication appear in Roman alphabet they are so miniscule as to be indecipherable or they appear in Arabic, a language of which our knowledge is less than fluent -- some might say nonexistent. Of the age of this copy we cannot hazard even the vaguest of estimates, though second half of the 20th century seems likely. Not printed via offset lithography, but some lower grade reproduction. An incredibly miniscule "231" is neatly inked on the last page, though the significance of this (limitation number?) is unknown. Needless to say, this title requires a strong magnifying glass to read. An annoyingly cryptic but intriguing, fascinating tiny production.

$75.00

Signature

By CUSHING, Richard (1895-1970)

Beloved long-time archbishop of Boston (1944-70), ambitious and colorful. "+Richard Cardinal Cushing" signed large and bold in blue ballpoint on a heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p., n.y. Fine and attractive.

$25.00

Printed Document Signed
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Printed Document Signed

By (PEW RENTAL)

DS, 1p, 8¼" X 13¼", Newbury, MA, 27 March 1813. Very good. Original folds, mildly edgeworn, with several small expert archival mends on verso. Pay-per-pew! Unusual pew rental agreement for the Meeting House of the Fourth Religious Society of Newport of Newbury ("in which the Revd Charles Wm Milton is pastor") -- Solomon and Martha Haskell rent "a Wall Pew... the Pew being No one Hundred & three on the Lower floor in the West Corner" for $100. Boilerplate printed legalese text spells out the details. Both sign at lower right alongside two small paper seals. Also signed by two witnesses at lower right as well as by justice of the peace John Fitz. Solomon Haskell lived 1753-1830, his second wife Martha 1766-1844.

$95.00

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