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J.S. [John Strype]:
The History of the Life and Acts of the Most Reverend Father in God, Edmund Grindal, the First Bishop of London, and the Second Archbishop of York and Canterbury successively, in the Reign of Q. Elizabeth. In Two Books (bound as one, with consecutive pagination).

London: John Wyat and John Hartley, 1710. First edition. [ii], xviii, 314pp, 108 (Appendix of original MSS), [v] (Table & errata): with engraved portrait frontispiece, and title page printed in red and black. Modern endpapers with transferred slightly damaged armorial bookplate (Shirley of Shirley). Pages slightly cockled and with generally unobtrusive light toning or pale foxing throughout: contents otherwise clean and unmarked. Tall quarto, 13 x 8ins, in a somewhat plain 20thC binding of maroon half morocco and pale orange cloth: spine with five raised bands ruled in gilt, and gilt title on red lettering piece. Contents very good, binding near fine.
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Price: 180.00


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Nicholas Clagett, D.D., Archdeacon of Sudbury:
Truth Defended, and Boldness in Error Rebuk'd: or, a Vindication of those Christian Commentators, Who have expounded some Prophecies of the Messias not to be meant Only of Him. Being a Confutation of part of Mr. Whiston's book, entituled, The Accomplishment of Scripture-Prophecies; Wherein he pretends to Disprove all Duplicity of Sense in Prophecy. [half title:] Mr. Archdeacon Clagett's Confutation of Mr. Whiston, on the Accomplishment of Scripture-prophecies, &c.

London: Printed for W.Rogers... and J Pemberton, 1710. First edition. [4], xxvi, [2], lxxv, [1], 324. Upper corner of front free endpaper is clipped: unaffected by this is a 1770 gift inscription in Latin. Neatly written in an early hand are also a note beside Clagett's name on the title page, a small note on p268, and a couple of sums on the back pastedown. Faint tide mark to the title, dedication and to a few leaves of the preface, otherwise pages very clean and fresh. Octavo, in the original boards, re-covered in recent full calf with five raised bands ruled in gilt, with a red lettering piece. Exceptional copy of a scarce book. Near Fine.

Price: 260.00


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Barwick, Peter, translated by Hilkiah Bedford:
The Life of the Reverend Dr. John Barwick, D.D. Sometime fellow of St. John's College in Cambridge; And immediately after the Restoration successively Dean of Durham, and St.Paul's. Written in Latin by his brother, Dr. Peter Barwick.... Translated into English by the Editor of the Latin Life. With some notes to illustrate the History, and a brief Account of the Author. To which is added, an Appendix of Letters from King Charles I. in his Confinement, and King Charles II and the Earl of Clarendon in their Exile. And other Papers relating to the History of that Time. Published from the Originals in St. John's College Library.

London: Printed by J. Bettenham, 1724. First English Edition. Ex-library copy in recent fine binding. (24), 552, (40), plus the 2 frontis portraits. Frontis and title slightly browned, upper corner of title patched, with library stamps at its base, and more stamps on the verso. Small stamps also on the backs of the two portraits, and one or two in the text. Contents otherwise very clean. 22.5 x 13.5cms, all edges red. In recent tan half calf with delicately marbled boards: spine with 5 raised bands ruled in gilt, and red lettering-piece. A very attractive copy (with the possible added interest of the library stamps). VG+.

Price: 320.00


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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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Price: 1,500.00


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Moore, The Rev. Henry, D.D.:
The History of the Persecutions of the Church of Rome; and Complete Protestant Martyrology: Containing an Authentic and Interesting Account of Every Event relative to the Sufferings of the Protestants, in our Own and Foreign countries; Including the Substance of Fox's Book of Martyrs, Burnet's History of the Reformation, and various other works. Also, a Complete History of the Ten Persecutions of the Primitive Christians, by the Roman Emperors; the Lives of the Reformers; The History of the Inquisition; The Lives of the Popes; and a view of circumstances attending the late Rebellion in Ireland. To which is annexed, a Dissertation on the Errors of Popery; and an Essay on Toleration.

London: A. Whellier, n.d. [c.1810]. First edition. Title page; 708pp (of 718): with 29 engravings of horrific martyrdoms. Worn and defective copy in new cloth. Lacking at least one leaf and a frontis at the front, as the book starts with only the title page followed by p.5, which is a continuation of the Introduction. The missing pp709-718 will have comprised the Essay on Toleration, and any Index, if there was one. Title page and final plate very soiled, with chipped edges, and conserved in tissue laminate. A few pages at the beginning and the end have bent corners and a little soiling, and there is soiling at p.83, but the body of the book is otherwise in very good order. Quarto, in new binding of brown hessian with a paper label. Very scarce. [Copac and WorldCat list a few copies, some described as second editions, with dates estimated as being between 1790 and 1810.] Good.

Price: 300.00


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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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[Poynder, John:]
A History of the Jesuits: To Which Is Prefixed a Reply to Mr. Dallas's Defence of That Order. [Vol I only (of 2)]

London: Baldwin, Cradock , and Joy, 1816. First edition. xxxvi, [9]-392. Some spotting to final few pages: contents otherwise very clean, with a foxed armorial bookplate: text block firm. Edges sprinkled. In full contemporary calf, ruled in blind, spine with four raised bands, decorated in gilt, and with two labels. Some scuffing. Very scarce in the original edition. Vol I only, very good firm copy. Very Good+.

Price: 250.00


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[Robert Kaye Greville]:
The Drama brought to the Test of Scripture, and Found Wanting.

Edinburgh: William Oliphant, 1830. First edition. 131pp, including a lengthy preface. Slight browning to endpapers, ownership name on ffep. contents otherwise clean. 12mo, in the original purple pebble-grain cloth, boards firm, paper spine label darkened, spine ends fraying a little. Greville was a notable biologist and mycologist, besides campaigning on a number of moral or political issues, such as slavery and capital punishment. He certainly takes a tough line on the theatre. Scarce title. VG.

Price: 54.00


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John Leifchild:
Sermons: being a second edition of Abbreviated Discourses on Various Subjects.

London: George East, 1835. Second edition. xvi, 371pp. Contents very good, pages clean with good size text. Patches of foxing to the prelims, hardly any in text. 22.5x14.5cms, with untrimmed edges, in an attractive new binding of green buckram with a red spine label. Very uncommon. VG+.

Price: 75.00


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[Anon, and Richard Challoner]:
A Complete Modern British Martyrology; commencing with 'the Reformation', A.D. 1535, 26th Henry VIII. to A.D. 1684, 24th Charles II. A New Edition, in Three Parts. Part I. Comprising Memoirs of the Clergy and others who suffered during the reign of Henry VIII.; Parts II. and III. being 'Memoirs of Missionary Priests,' By the late Ven. and Right Rev Richard Challoner, D.D. Bishop of Debra and Vicar Apostolic of the London District. To which are added The Penal Laws passed in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, and other Important Documents.

London: T. Jones, 1836. First edition thus. [vi], 112; (iii)-xviii, 252; (iii)-viii, 267. Embellished with Engravings drawn on the wood by W.H. Craig, Esq. Contents very good and clean. Some creasing and soiling to front free endpaper. In contemporary grained cloth boards decorated in blind, with a new cloth spine with paper label. A very fresh copy. Scarce. While Parts II & III are reprints of Challoner's work, the Memoirs of the Clergy in Part I appear to have been collected from various sources by an unnamed editor. The many woodcut illustrations appear to be new to this edition. Very uncommon, and a very nice copy. Near Fine.

Price: 320.00


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W. H. Medhurst: with engravings on wood by G. Baxter:
China: Its State and Prospects, with especial reference to the Spread of the Gospel : containing allusions to the antiquity, extent, population, civilization, literature and religion of the Chinese.

London: John Snow, 1838. First edition (third thousand). xvi, 592pp. With a number of plates, including Baxter's frontis printed in oil colours, a foldout map of the Maritime Provinces of China, and in the appendix, a chronological table of Chinese history. Contents clean, though with edge stains to the title page and the slightly soiled frontis, and a small stain to the bottom margin continuing through the earlier part of the book. There is a small splash mark to the inner margins of pp238-239, and two corners have dog-ear creases. Map folds clean. De luxe binding: text block all edges gilt, bright, and with gorgeous red silk endpapers, the pastedowns framed by broad gilt-decorated turn-ins. Firm, in the original bottle-green morocco, decorated front and back with gilt curlicues, the spine with raised bands and decorated compartments, recently professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue. A beautiful copy. An early reader's pencilled appreciation on the last page has been left. [Contains more than one reference to the Chinese people's objections to westerners' hypocrisy in lecturing them on behaviour while conducting the opium trade.]
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Thomas Thomson, edited by:
Acts and Proceedings of the General Assemblies of the Kirk of Scotland, from the year M.D.LX. collected from the most authentic manuscripts. Part Second. M.D.LXXVIII-M.D.XCII. [1578-1592]. [ie: Volume #2 only of 3.] The Booke of the Universall Kirk of Scotland: Wherein the Headis and Conclusiouns devysit be the Ministeris and Commissionares of the particular Kirks thereof are specially expressed and contained.

Edinburgh: The Bannatyne Club, 1840. First Bannatyne Club edition. [x], (403-) 790. Contents clean and fresh. Quarto, in brown paper-covered boards with a new cloth spine with label. Surface and corners of boards scuffed. Very Good.
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Thomas Kerns:
The Arcana of Nature: or Proofs of the Being and Attributes of God, elicited in a Brief Survey of the Works of Creation. Two volumes in one.

Dublin: Thomas Tegg, 1846. Reprint. xix, [3], 316; (v)-xi, [1], 382: decorative blue endpapers with publishers' advertisements. The author has some difficulty with himself (as he did with his critics) in his tortuous attempt to reconcile the recent discoveries of Geology with his adherence to the Biblical account of origins, but is convinced that 'the sacred records have nothing to fear from advancing science'. Some foxing found at Vol I p.99 and adjacent pages, contents otherwise very clean. Octavo, in the original binding of red blind-stamped cloth, rebacked, with the original gilt pictorial spine laid down, and new hinges. Negligible soiling to cloth: a very nice bright, firm copy. Very Good+.

Price: 120.00


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Henry James (father of the novelist of the same name):
The Church of Christ not an Ecclesiasticism: A Letter of Remonstrance to a Member of the soi-disant New Church.

London: W. White, 1856. Second Edition (stated). 156pp. Front free endpaper bears a 1908 gift inscription, and laid in is a lucid letter of the same date from A.Taylor Innes discussing the book. Original patterned endpapers slightly browned, and five pages have lost a few mm at the tips of the upper corners, but contents otherwise very good. In contemporary binding of smooth green cloth lettered on front in gilt. Firm and fairly clean and bright, slightly weathered towards fore-edge. Very Good.

Price: 30.00


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Mrs J. Bowen Thompson:
Scripture Portions, with Prayers for Invalids.

London: Wertheim, Macintosh, and Hunt, 1861. Third edition, enlarged. [iv], 95, +[i] adverts. Contents good, with large, clear type. Pencilled gift inscription to front pastedown. The title page is soiled, and has a gift inscription to the head: it has been relaid to strengthen it as it has a large closed tear. The soiled prefatory page also has a closed tear. Brown top edge to a few pages. 19.5x13cms, in an early binding of black cloth over thin boards ruled in blind with gilt spine title. Firm, gilt bright. Unusual to find this title in an original 19thC edition. Good.

Price: 35.00


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C.A. Swainson:
'The Athanasian Creed' and its usage in the English Church: an Investigation as to the original object of the Creed and the growth of prevailing misconceptions regarding it: A letter to the Very Reverend W.F. Hook, D.D. F.R.S.

London, Oxford, and Cambridge: Rivingtons, 1870. First edition. [iv], 99, (i), 32 (adverts, unopened). Contents in good order, with some foxing to the backs of the original green endpapers and to the adjacent pages, the first owner's faded marginal comments to p.77, and minor soiling to a few pages. Firm, in the original binding of black pebble cloth with green endpapers, spine titled in gilt. Small scuffs to corners, minor fraying to spine ends and small closed split to head of upper joint. Good copy. Very Good.

Price: 35.00


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Kirsop, Joseph:
Historic Sketches of Free Methodism.

London: Andrew Crombie, 1885. First edition. 120pp. Pencilled ownership to front pastedown (can erase). Slight tanning to endpapers and foxing to half-title, otherwise contents very clean and unmarked. In the original binding of smooth navy cloth, ruled in blind and titled in gilt. Very bright and fresh, with tiny scuffs to extremities. Lovely copy. Very Good.

Price: 45.00


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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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Price: 640.00


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Edited by Rev.W. Knight Chaplin:
Report of Christian Endeavour Convention held at Bristol, Whitsuntide, 1896.

London: The Sunday School Union, [1896]. 270, [2] adverts. Extensive and thoughtful articles: with a group photo frontis, and a number of illustrations in the text, mostly portrait photographs. Front free endpaper soiled and has the ownership names of two delegates from Blackheath. Pages clean but for some having pencil emphases in the margins. Corners splaying a little. Firm, in the original binding of limp ochre cloth, titled in black: a little rubbed and soiled, with slight fraying of edges. Good.

Price: 45.00


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