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The Evening-Office of the Church in Latin and English. Containing the Vespers, or Even-Song for all Sundays and Festivals of Obligation. The Third Edition Corrected, with the Addition of the Old Hymns, Litanies of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Stabat Mater, and Miserere Psalm.

London: Printed for Tho. Meighan, in Drury-Lane, 1725. Third edition. Frontis, [ii] title, vi Rubricks, [iv] Festivals of Obligation, 394, [viii] Contents, [4] adverts. 1781 ownership (partially erased) to back of frontis, another early name to head of title page, and minor other written marks to pastedowns. Contents clean and unmarked, with minor soiling to title. 15x9cms, firm, in full contemporary calf with raised bands, gilt decoration rubbed, joints and ends professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue. A very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 240.00


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Stanhope, the Rev. Charles, D.D.: Rector of Brinkworth, in Wilts. [**see note concerning the doubtful credentials of this gentleman]. Assisted by a Society of Gentlemen of the University of Oxford.
[An UNRECORDED EDITION of the BIBLE]: The Oxford Family-Bible; or, Christian's Compleat Library. Containing the Sacred Text of the Old and New Testament, at Large; together with the Apocrypha. With Notes Theological, Moral, Critical, and Explanatory. Wherein The Difficult Passages are explained, the seeming Contradictions reconciled, and the Objections of Infidels obviated. [The text appears to be that of the King James Bible.]

London: Printed for the Authors; And sold by J. Harrison, No.18, Paternoster Row; the Booksellers of Oxford and Cambridge; and all other 1779. Presumed first and only edition. *** A conundrum *** (see below). Unpaginated: illustrated. OT & Apocrypha: [iv], [916]; NT: [213], [3]; plus a frontis and 49 other engravings. Some browning and offsetting to title page, there are a few patches of foxing (viz Chronicles 2, and a few of the plates), with occasional minor spotting elsewhere, and there is some offsetting from the illustrations to the New Testament. Three of the final leaves have damaged edges, now repaired, but losing a little text. Pages perhaps slightly toned, but contents otherwise clean and in very good order. Although many of the plates have integral titles in English, the engravers, where given (no artists' names present) all appear to be French, except in the NT. In his one-page Preface, the author writes, after asseverating the importance of the Bible: '..a few Words may also be expected respecting this Edition of the Bible, and the Annotations that we have given: But how judiciously soever this Work may appear to be executed, the Public must not consider it as the sole Fruit of the Author's own Genius and Learning, or that of his learned Associates; but as the Comments and Annotations of the most ingenious Men of every Age and Nation. He has called in the Aid and Assistance of every valuable Writer. He has compiled from the Talmudical and Rabbinical Writers among the Jews, and has carefully consulted the Ancient Fathers, and the best Modern Divines, among the Christians..' (etc). In view of the scale and nature of the project, it is perhaps noteworthy that there are only 142 subscribers listed, and that, of these, none are titled, and only 10 are Reverends, although there are a few Esquires. This copy belonged to one of the subscribers, Nathaniel Langborne of Whitby, of whose family and successors there are extensive entries, occupying the verso of the frontis and five blank pages at the back, the latest date recorded being 1903. Square folio (10.5 x 8.5 ins), in the original decorative full calf gilt, rubbed but restored: boards ruled in blind and decorated in blind and gilt, somewhat eroded, newly reconditioned and rebacked with four raised bands, with sections of the original very eroded decorated gilt spine laid down between them. *** N.B.: *** This work is something of a conundrum. There is no record of it in Herbert or the ESTC, or on Copac or WorldCat, or at Lambeth Palace. The 'Rev. Charles Stanhope' does not appear in the The Church of England Clergy database, and there is no record of any Stanhope having been Rector of Brinkworth. However, someone calling himself the Rev. Charles Stanhope does appear as the author of 'The New Polite Tutoress, or, Young Ladies' Best Instructor' of c.1786, as well as having overseen the publication of 'The New Lady's Magazine, or, Polite and Entertaining Companion' which began publication in 1786. Both of these were published by Alexander Hogg, of 16 Paternoster Row, ie: next door to Harrison, the publisher of the present work, reinforcing the likelihood that they are further, if less elevated, endeavours of the same Stanhope. Very Good.
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Prayer Book. Consisting of: 1: Directions for a Devout and Decent Behaviour in the Public Worship of God ..[BOUND WITH] 2: The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments. [BOUND WITH] 3: A New Version of the Psalms of David fitted to the Tunes used in Churches [BOUND WITH] 4: Hymns taken from the supplement to Tate and Brady's Psalms.

1, 3 & 4: London: 2: Oxford: 1 & 4: Rivington; 2: printed by Bensley et al; 3: The Company of Stationers; 1 & 2: 1813; 3: 1810; 4: (n.d). 1: 16pp; 2: 406, (ii); 3: 228pp; 4: 16pp. Contents clean with some soiling to first and last leaves, and occasional minor soiling in the text: endpapers soiled, with some early rehearsal of name-writing. 8x5ins, in contemporary full leather binding with five raised bands, boards ruled and decorated in blind framing 'Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge', also in blind. Large tear with loss of leather to lower inner corner of lower board, small chips elsewhere and to spine ends: tissue repair to base of rear joint. Good firm copy. VG-.

Price: 60.00


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The Rev. Geo. Leo Haydock: edited by / with notes and illustrations by:
The Holy Bible [aka The Holy Catholic Bible], translated from The Latin Vulgate diligently compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and other editions in divers languages. The Old Testament, first published by the English College at Douay, A.D.1609: and The New Testament, first published by the English College at Rheims, A.D.1582, with Useful Notes, Critical, Historical, Controversial, and Explanatory, selected from the most eminent commentators and the most able and judicious critics by The Rev. Geo. Leo Haydock.

London and Newcastle-on-Tyne: Tyne Publishing Company, Limited, n.d. [c.1885] Large quarto clasped Catholic family Bible, recently restored with a new spine. xii, 809, [ii], 882pp with 10 colour plates (including the gilt frontis title), 12 engraved plates (plus the half-title vignette), and with 8 decorative pages for family portraits and a family register, all unused. The notes are very extensive, sometimes comprising more than half the text on the page. There is some spotting to many pages, and there are edge stains to the half title and two of the engravings. Minor soiling and repairs to the first and last couple of pages. Printed on good firm paper, making for a very heavy book (c.15lbs). All edges gilt. 33x28x11cms, in the original ornate gilt brass-edged bevelled boards, fastened with two decorative clasps, with a new calf spine with label and raised bands. The boards, both identically decorated, are quite rubbed. A very nice restored copy of an uncommon edition of the Haydock Bible. Very Good.
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The Temple Bible: Complete in 30 volumes, which include the Apocryphal books as well as the Bishop of Ripon's Introduction to the Study of the Scriptures.

London: J.M. Dent & Co, 1902. First printing of this edition. 120 to 250pp per volume, well printed, each with a guarded frontis and rubricated title, half-title, and headings. Small, barely-discernible faded early gift inscription to most front free endpapers: some endpapers foxed. Otherwise contents clean and unmarked. 132x102mm, top edges gilt, in diced green calf over flexible boards, each with gilt medallion to front and spine titled in gilt. Some scuffing to ends and a few with small chips, but all boards firm and gilt bright. Proverbs has been professionally repaired with Japanese tissue, while Hebrews has a strap of cloth glued across the head of the spine to reinforce it. A pretty set, showing light wear.
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A New Church Psalter: Being the Church of England Prayer Book version of the Canticles and Psalms with certain omissions and variations, and added explanatory notes.

London: Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford, 1936. First edition. xii, 210pp. Contents clean. School bookplate to front pastedown. All edges tinted. In the original binding of blue cloth, titled in gilt: rather dulled and soiled. Firm copy. Good.

Price: 15.00


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The Oxford Large Print Reference Bible with Chain References. The Holy Bible, Authorized King James Version.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993. Reprint. 1264pp, printed on fine paper. Contents clean and unmarked. 224x150mm in blue and red laminated boards: firm, bright and clean, spine ends and lower corners slightly blunted, and tiny surface nick at head of joint. Nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 50.00


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