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AWFUL EXPOSURE OF THE ATROCIOUS PLOT FORMED BY CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS AGANST THE CLERGY AND NUNS OF LOWER CANADA, THROUGH THE INTERVENTION OF MARIA MONK. With an Authentic Narrative of Her Life, from Her Birth to the Present Moment....
New York: Printed for Jones & Co. of Montreal, 1836.
12mo, dark green floral decorated cloth, spine titled "Maria Monk" in gilt (added later, I believe). 131 pp. Light remains of an oval gilt stamp at foot of spine; burn spot to fore margin of front cover; endpapers spotted and foxed, with moderate foxing in text; ink number to top corner of title page; pp 127-28 have a vertical crease (manufacturing flaw, no loss of printing), and a chip to lower outer corner with loss of three or four words; VG tight copy otherwise. One of the more important refutations of the Maria Monk anti-Catholic fraud, quite famous in its day. Contains the statements of people who knew Maria Monk in Montreal at the time she was supposedly living in a nunnery, and other damning evidence of her fabrication. With the help of American anti-Catholic nativists, earlier in 1836 she had published her fantasy about getting pregnant in a Montreal nunnery. Later in 1836 she published an enlarged and revised edition of her sensational book in which she specifically answered some of the charges in the present book. TPL 7395, Lande 1922, Gagnon II 86.
$295.00 Book Number: 24345 Order / Enquire
ACOSTA, Uriel (1585-1640)
A SPECIMEN OF HUMAN LIFE
New York: Bergman, 1967.
Rose cloth. pp 127, . Distributor's sticker on front free endpaper, else fine in fine, price-clipped jacket. Acosta was the son of a noble Portuguese family which had be forced to convert to Catholicism. He fled Portugal for Amsterdam where he could practice his ancestral religion, Judaism. Reacting against Rabbincal Judaism, he formulated his Eleven Theses, which are for the first time translated into a book in English here. He was exiled and reviled by the Jewish community, flogged in public in the great synagogue, spit upon, his books burned. and committed suicide as a result. This book is his autobiography, with new material for the first time translated into English. Uncommon book.
$25.00 Book Number: 41535 Order / Enquire
TWO SERMONS ON THE INTERPRETATION OF PROPHECY, Preached in the Chapel of Rugby School. With Notes.
Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1839.
pp , (viii), 77, . Bound in 19th century brown calf spine elaborately decorated in gilt with black labels, and brown diaper cloth bordered in gilt and blind, gilt decorated edges, blind inner dentelles, marbled page edges and endpapers, bound-in ribbon bookmark. Foxing to first and last two leaves; front cover just a wee bit bowed; free endpapers a bit curled; else fine. NCBEL III 1462.
$125.00 Book Number: 15185 Order / Enquire
AYER, Alfred J. (A.J. Ayer, 1910-89)
LANGUAGE, TRUTH AND LOGIC
London: Gollancz, 1936.
Octavo, original blue cloth. pp 254, (2). Small, Oxford, Jan, 1936, ink private owner name on front free endpaper, usual yellowing to page edges; spine lightly darkened; scattered light and erasable pencil underlining and a few margin notes in text; rubbing to lower edges at outer corners; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, lacking the rare dust jacket. The author's first book, issued in an edition of 500 copies, when he was only 26. A very important and influential philosophy book, presenting the tenets of logical empiricism, one the most important philosopy books of the 20th century.
$395.00 Book Number: 32791 Order / Enquire
CENTENNIAL SOUVENIR OF FIRST METHODIST CHURCH. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
No place (Hamilton, Ontario): Centennial Committee, no date ., 1924.
Octavo. Maroon cloth gilt, imitation green marbled endpapers. , 271,  pp. Portrait to verso of title leaf with inserted tissue guard, numerous photos in text. Spine lightly rubbed to folds, mild wear to spine tips; ink inscription to first (blank ) leaf; VG copy otherwise.
$30.00 Book Number: 11559 Order / Enquire
THE OECONOMY OF HUMAN LIFE. Translated from an Indian Manuscript. Written by an Ancient Bramin. To which is prefixed and account of the manner in which the said manuscript was discovered. In a Letter from an English Gentlman now residing in China...
London: T. Rickaby for S. and E. Harding, 1795.
Small octavo bound in old half red morroco and marbled boards, sympathetically rebacked at a later date, marbled endpapers.119 pp including ads. 49 engraved vignettes and two tailpieces by Harding. Foxed, else a VG clean, tight and attractive copy, no owner names. Once attributed to Lord Chesterfield, this didactic moral treatise by bookseller Dodsley, first published anonymously in 1751, was hugely popular in its day, and was perhaps the most reprinted of 18th century English books. This late edition is distinguished by its fine plates.
$195.00 Book Number: 24829 Order / Enquire
FAIRCHILD, Hoxie Neale
RELIGIOUS TRENDS IN ENGLISH POETRY. Volumes I, II and III.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1939.
Octavos: Vol I (1939) xiii, 612 pp; Vol II (1942) ix, 406 pp; Vol III (1949) ix, 549 pp. Vols. I and II are in maroon cloth, Vol. III in red cloth. Some spine sunning; covers of first two volumes are just a little bowed; otherwise a good, unworn jacketless set, no previous owner names, no marks in text, tight in the bindings. Prof. Fairchild's study was eventually extended to 6 volumes by 1971, going up to the year 1968. These first three volumes cover the years 1700-1830. Note: 3.5 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.
$65.00 Book Number: 15376 Order / Enquire
GOSSE, Philip Henry, F.R.S., 1810-88
SACRED STREAMS: The Ancient and Modern History of the RIVERS OF THE BIBLE. With Forty-Four Engravings and a Map. A New Edition, Revised by the Author.
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1878.
Later printing of the 1877 third edition, revised (first was in 1850). Octavo, original purple pictorial bevel edge cloth stamped in black, gilt, and blind, cream endpapers. xii, 435 pp + frontispiece map with tissue guard; 44 woodcut illustrations in text. Spine a little tanned, fraying at head neatly repaired; tidy ink name on front fly leaf, else a VG+ clean, bright and tight copy, hinges not cracked. Gosse, an evangelical minister, was a noted Victorian naturalist.
$50.00 Book Number: 31636 Order / Enquire
GRAVES, Robert and Joshua Podro
THE NAZARENE GOSPEL: Being Part III (text only) of their Nazarene Gospel Restored
London: Cassell, 1955.
Tall octavo, black cloth. Text paper lightly toned, else a fine copy, no owner names. Cream non-pictorial dust jacket is priced-clipped; spine a little darkened with red lettering sunned; short creased tears and shallow chips along top edges; vertical crease to rear panel; panels a bit yellowed; VG otherwise. Edition of only 756 copies. Higginson & Williams A69c. Scarce.
$150.00 Book Number: 35422 Order / Enquire
HOCK, (Ronald F. and Edward N. O'Neill)
Chreia in Ancient Rhetoric: Volume I. The Progymnasta
Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1986.
Card covers. (xvi), 358 pp. Fine copy, no owner marks. Society of Biblical Literature, Texts and Translations, Graeco-Roman Religion Series.
$19.50 Book Number: 25002 Order / Enquire
HOLBACH, Paul Henri Dietrich Thiry, Baron d', 1723-89 [Voltaire].
SYSTÈME DE LA NATURE, ou des lois du monde physique et du monde moral. Par Mirabaud (pseud.)
Londres (actually Amsterdam): 1780.
Later edition (first was in 1770). Two volumes, octavo. pp xii, (48), 371, [1, blank]; , ii, 464 pp. Half-titles present, binder's blanks front and rear. Bound in modern quarter calf and marbled boards, spines gilt lettered (giving author as Mirabaud), raised bands. Fore and bottom page edges untrimmed. Spines are lightly sunned, boards are a little bowed, bindings are otherwise fine. Volume I has a damp stain to fore margin of title leaf and some other scattered leaves; damp stain to lower outer corner of pp 249-74; text has tanning to some signatures, scattered foxing throughout; ink spot to fore margin of last two leaves, no printing affected; outer corners torn from last leaf, no printing affected. Volume II has scattered foxing and some tanning in text. In all, VG internally, text unworn and unmarked, with untrimmed edges. Volume I contains on pp 1-47 "Sentiment de Voltaire sur le système de la nature". >> Holbach's most famous book. "The third and properly philosophical stage of Holbach's output began in 1770 with the Système de la nature... This first-and only-example in the Enlightenment of a comprehensive, unmitigated defense of atheistic materialism was the culmination of a whole trend of ideas already expressed in varying degrees by La Mettrie, Helvétius, Diderot, and others. It caused much consternation in France, not only among spokesmen for the official faith but among the deistic philosophes as well...Système de la nature...defines man as a product entirely of nature, subject to the laws governing the physical universe, which, in turn, constitutes the whole of reality. The soul, or spiritual substance, is an illusion; the moral and intellectual attributes of man are simply his organic machine considered in certain of its special, less visible operations. Since sensibility is a primary function of the animal organism, all our higher faculties are derived ultimately from the different forms that sensation takes" - Encyclopedia of Philosophy IV , pp 49-51. "Holbach's influence was perhaps never very great, but the confident dogmatism, and the comprehensiveness of the Système de la nature, which even provoked Voltaire to reply in defense of religion, have ensured its survival as the bible of materialism." - PMM 215. Vercruysse (1780) A1.
$595.00 Book Number: 19571 Order / Enquire
HOLBACH, (Paul Henri Dietrich Thiry, Baron d', 1723-89).
LA POLITIQUE NATURELLE. Ou discours sur les vrais principes du gouvernement. Par un ancien magistrat.
Londres (i.e. Amsterdam): Marc-Michel Rey, 1773.
Two volumes, octavo. pp (viii), 232; , 280. Half-titles present, binder's blanks front and rear. Bound in contemporary tortoiseshell calf, gilt decorative borders to spines, spines with raised bands, labels, gilt ornaments, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, bound-in ribbon bookmark (perished in vol. I). Small chips to foot of spine of vol. I; covers just a little bowed; yellowing to a few leaves in text; "Baron Holbach" very lightly in ink to half-title leaf in vol. II ; else fine, tight in the bindings, hinges not cracked, text clean and fresh. Variant (first printing?) with a period (vs comma) after "Naturelle" on title page, and with the signature marks at bottom centre of pages, and collating a little differently from the other recorded variant. Vercruysse (1773) A2 and A3 describes two variants, listing this one first, but not giving any reason for that order. Tchemerzine VI, 245b. One of several works in which Holbach, the outspoken and influential atheist of the Englightenment, argues for principles of government based solely on social utility and the common good. He advocated the abolition of class privileges, progressive taxation, separation of church and state, religious toleration, secular public education, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech - familiar principles in western democracies today.
$750.00 Book Number: 19570 Order / Enquire
JUDSON, Ann H., 1789-1826
AN ACCOUNT OF THE AMERICAN BAPTIST MISSION TO THE BURMAN EMPIRE. In a Series of Letters Address to a Gentleman in London. Second Edition
London: Joseph Butterworth, 1827.
Second edition, adding a new publisher's preface to the text of the 1823 first edition. 12mo. Original blue cloth spine with paper label and drab boards. viii, 316 pp + folding map at front. Yellowing to spine label and page edges, light spots to boards; damp stain to upper inner margins of front endpapers, paper torn away from corner of front pastedown; small neat repair to short margin tear pp 13-16; rear inner hinge partially cracked; old Quebec Jesuit rubber stamp to a blank area of the title page; otherwise a VG or better copy, in original binding. Ann Hasseltine, born in Bradford. Massachusetts, married eminent American missionary Adoniram Judson. She was apparently the first American female missionary to distant lands. An important and scarce book.
$395.00 Book Number: 24752 Order / Enquire
Kirmmse, Bruce H., editor (Søren Kierkegaard)
Encounters with Kierkegaard: a life as seen by his contemporaries
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996.
Blue cloth, pp 358. Fine fine jacket, no owner marks..
$17.95 Book Number: 47339 Order / Enquire
Krupnik, Mark, editor (Jacques Derrida)
Displacement: Derrida and After
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1983.
Blue cloth. pp (10), 198. Fine in near fine jacket, no owner marks in text. "The focus of this book is Jacques Derrida - his own writing and the new directions he has opened up in literary criticism and theory." - jacket. Esays by Gregory Ulmer, Herman Rapaport, Tom Conley, Susan Handelman, Paul de Man, Michael Ryan and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.
$19.50 Book Number: 43652 Order / Enquire
Étude sur le cénobitisme pahkomien pendent le IVe siècle et las premiére moitié du Ve. Dissertation présentée a la faculté de théologie de l'Université de Louvain...
Louvain & Paris: J. Van Linthout / A. Fontemoing, 1898.
Ex library. Octavo, bound in half brown cloth and marbled boards, spine gilt titled, grey endpapers. pp (x), 390, original wrappers not bound in. Library discard: white call numbers at bottom of spine, rubber stamps and notations on front endpapers, title page has several rubber stamps, pouch at rear; rubber stamp to bottom page edges; otherwise a clean, tight and uworn copy, internally fine, evidently little consulted in the library. Text in French with a Greek annexe at rear. Early Church, Saint Pachomius (ca 290-346). Coptic. Scarce in this original edition.
$75.00 Book Number: 29035 Order / Enquire
LODGE, Oliver, Sir [Christopher Tennant].
CHRISTOPHER. A Study in Human Personality.
London: Cassell, 1918.
Green boards. , vi, (294),  pp + fontispiece portait with tissue guard. The tissue guard is tanned, with a bit of offsetting to the frontispiece. Spine has soft vertical creases and a nick at head; light endpa per tanning from binding; dust soiling to top page edges; else fine, no owner names. In the scarce pale grey non-pictorial dust jacket, which has small tears and very small chips to tips of lightly tanned spine, light soiling to panels, VG otherwise . The would appear to be an issue for Canada, with a $2.25 net price rubber stamped on the spine. "A sympathetic study of a temperament of singular delicacy and charm. It traces Christopher Tenant through the years of a happy childhood, merging into the uncongenial life of a great public school, which was to have conducted him to the halls of a Cambridge College, there to devote himself to the study of the Classics. Then came the War to divert him to Sandhurst, and thence to the plains of Flanders, where a life rich in promise came to a most untimely end." - jacket. Chapter IX covers his time at Sandhurst, X his joining of the Welsh Guards, and XI on his active service in France, where he was killed 2 Sept., 1917. Much on life after death. Young Christopher was a believer, as was Sir Oliver.
$40.00 Book Number: 19881 Order / Enquire
(MOUNTAIN, George Jehoshaphat, Bishop)
A Journal of Visitation to Parts of the Diocese of Quebec, by the Lord Bishop of Montreal, in 1843 and 1844. Part II. With Statistical returns of the Diocese
London: Printed for The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1846.
16mo. pp 68 + folding table at rear, original buff printed wrappers. Small chip to lower inner corner of front wrapper; rear wrapper has small corner chips and a corner crease; chips to spine; very small corner chip to last two leaves; else a fine copy of this fragile and very scarce booklet, No. 9 in the Church in the Colonies series. Cf. TPL 2607 for 3rd ed. Not in Sabin, Casey, Lande, Dionne, Gagnon, Morgan or Brochures Québecoises. This second part of Bishop Mountain’s visitation to his diocese recounts his voyage up the Ottawa River in 1843, with stops at St. Martin, St. Andrews, Grenville, Clarendon, Aylmer and Hull, and, the Bishop’s tour through the parishes in the Gaspé in the autumn of 1844.
$100.00 Book Number: 27798 Order / Enquire
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1844-1900
(COLLECTED WORKS Volume 2). Untimely Meditations (Unzeitgemässe Betrachtungen) (text in Russian)
Tall octavo, bound in maroon cloth, spine gilt lettered witgh title "Nietasche Philosophy". pp (iii)-xxxvii, 426,  + frontispiece with tissue guard. Margins of endpaper yellowed from binding materials; small rubber stamp with 4 digit ink number on blank recto of frontispiece, half-title page, and title page; else a fine copy of this Russian language edition. Note: 2 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
$75.00 Book Number: 39644 Order / Enquire
THE DAWN OF DAY. Translated by Johanna Volz.
New York : Macmillan , 1903.
Tall octavo. Original black cloth gilt lettered, decorated in blind, black endpapers, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. pp (xxxii), 387. Made from sheets of the 1903 UK edition (Unwin). Damp staining to upper inner corner of the front cover (not very noticable owing to the cloth colour); minor cloth bubbling; VG+ otherwise, inner hinges not cracked, no previous owner marks. A translation of DIE MORGENRÖTE (1881), the fourth of Nietzche's "aphoristic" works, it is a meditation on a vast number of subjects (575, to be exact), including good and evil, morality and convention, tragedy and music, the pride and prejudice of the intellect, the death of Christianity, pseudo-altruism and the value of selfishness, many of them themes which he amplifies in his later writings. To everything the test of truth is applied, and no subject is too sacred and no ideal too lofty to come under criticism. Nietzsche tells the reader in his preface, "In this book we meet with one who works in the bowels of the earth, boring, mining, undermining" driven by "something incomprehensible, hidden, mysterious, knowing that, in the end, he will have his own morning, his own deliverance, his own dawn of day." The original German edition bore the subtitle "Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality" and the book focuses its attack on Christian morality, which he concludes is anti-life and vindictive, among other things. A scarce book. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required. 28.19.5
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