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Printed in England in 1665 & Bound inAMERICA in 1829
(AN AMERICAN OFFERING).  Bible.  O.T. Greek. Septuagint. 1665.  [four lines in Greek, then] Vetus testamentum graecum ex versione Septuaginta interpretum, juxta exemplar Vaticanum Romae editum. Cantabrigiae: Excusum per Joannem Field, 1665. 12mo (14 cm; 5.5"). [1] f., 19, [1], 755 [i.e. 767, 1], 516 pp. (without the initial blank).
$1800.00
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Sumptuously Bound by DAVID forCortlandt Bishop
(A FRENCH OFFERING).   Uzanne, Octave.   Son altesse la femme.  Paris: A. Quantin, 1885. Small folio (27.5 cm; 11" ). [2] ff., [i]–xii, 312 pp., 21 illus. (part col.).
$1500.00
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By the MENTOR, about the MENTEESigned Binding by Hayday
(AN ENGLISH OFFERING).  Evelyn, John.  The life of Mrs. Godolphin. London: William Pickering, 1848. 16mo (17.5 cm, 6.875"). xviii, 291 pp.
$300.00
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An Elegant Production!
Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres.  Choix des mémoires de l’Academie Royale des inscriptions et belles-lettres. Londres: T. Becket & P. Elmsly, 1777. 4to (27 cm, 10.6"). 3 vols. I: [2], iii, [1], lx, 656 pp. (pagination skips 17–32, text uninterrupted). II: [2], iii, [1], ccviii, 495, [1 (blank)] pp. III: [2], iii, lxviii, [1], 696 pp.; 1 fold. plt., 2 plts.
$1250.00
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Enhanced by a Fan of St. JohnIn a Contemporary Binding & with78 Woodcuts
Aemilius, Georg.  Evangelia quae consueto more dominicis et aliis festis diebus in ecclesia leguntur. Coloniae Agrippinae: Ad intersignium Monocerotis [Walther Fabritius], 1566. 8vo (16 cm, 6.3"). [176] ff.; illus.
$2250.00
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Elegantly Bound Prayer Book
Albach, J. S.  Heilige Anklänge. Gebete für katholische Christen. Pesth: Julius Müller, 1850. 16mo (16 cm; 6.25"). Engr. frontis., engr. t.-p., 474 pp., 4 plts.; illus.
$500.00
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Forster's IMPROVED Anacreon
Anacreon; Edward Forster, ed.; Lavinia Banks Forster, illus.   Anacreontis Odaria, ad textus Barnesiani fidem emendata. Accedunt variae lectiones cura Edvardi Forster ... Londini: Ex officina B.R. Howlett, veneunt apud J. Murray, 1813. 8vo (18.7 cm, 7.36"). [2], 130 pp.; illus.
$350.00
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Whittingham Printing, Hayday Binding
[Anderdon, John Lavicount].  The life of Thomas Ken bishop of Bath and Wells. By a layman. London: William Pickering (pr. by C. Whittingham), 1851. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.85"). Frontis., viii, 528 pp.
$500.00
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It Looks LikeWhat an Incunable is SUPPOSED to Look Like
Antoninus, Saint, Archbishop of Florence Summa theologica. [colophon: Argentina {i.e., [Strassburg}: Johannem {Reinhard} Grüninger, 1496]. Folio (32.5 cm; 12.5"). Vols. I & II (in one volume) of V. I: [173 of 174] ff. (lacking first leaf of vol. 1); [225 of 226] ff. (without the final blank].
$8000.00
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Illuminated, with Full-Page Miniature, on Vellum, Great Binding
Archconfraternity of the Stigmata of St. Francis.  Illuminated manuscript on vellum, in Latin. “Franciscus Tituli S. Petri & Marcellini S.R.E. Cardinalis Pignattellus ... Dilectis nobis in Christo Confratribus Confraternibus Sacror. Stigmatum & S. Antonii de Padua in Ecclia. Parrochili S. Conini Loci Cicognoli Cremonen. ... Rome: 1706. 8vo (22.7 cm, 9.5'), [10] ff.
$3500.00
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A “Gift Copy”Textured Olive Green Calf byBayntun-Riviere
Arnold, Matthew.  The poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867. London: Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford, 1937. 12mo (18.4 cm; 7.25"). xxvii, 460 pp.
$250.00
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With the Spanish Royal Coat of Arms on BOTH Boards
Balbuena, Bernardo de.  Siglo de oro en las selvas de Erífile. Madrid: Ibarra, 1821. 8vo (18.3 cm, 7.24"). [1] f., xvi, 240, 99, [1] pp.; 1 port.
$975.00
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The Private Edition, One of 12 Copies Only
A Family Copy
    [A Conundrum Here as to “Original” Bindings]
Barham, R. Harris.  The Ingoldsby legends or mirth and marvels by Thomas Ingoldsby Esquire [with] The Ingoldsby legends ... Second series. London: Richard Bentley, 1840 & 1842. 8vo. 2 vols. I: [6], v, [3], 338, [2] pp. with inserted extra-engraved title (a proof before letters), numbered colophon leaf, engraved title, and six etched plates; II: vii, [3], 288 pp. with engraved title and seven etched plates.
$12,500.00
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First Publicly Available, Real” Editions,
inSigned Bindings
[Barham, Richard Harris, a.k.a.] Ingoldsby, Thomas.  The Ingoldsby legends or mirth and marvels. London: Richard Bentley (pr. by Samuel Bentley), 1840–47. 8vo (20.5 cm, 8.1"). 3 vols. I: Engr. t.-p., v, [3], 338, [2] pp.; 6 plts. II: Engr. t.-p., vii, [3], 288 pp.; 7 plts. III: Engr. t.-p., vi, [2], 364 pp.; 6 plts.
$950.00
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—  A BEVY OF BIBLES  —
   
ORDERED BY DATE         

Elzevir's Received TextFrom the Syston Park Collection
Bible.   N.T. Greek. 1633.  [in Greek, transliterated as] He Kaine Diatheke. [then in roman] Novum testamentum. Ex regiis aliisque optimis editionibus cum cura expressum. Lugduni Batavorum: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1633. 12mo (13 cm, 5.125"). [16], 861, [35] pp.
[SOLD]
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A LECTERN BibleUSED in a Lutheran Church?
Bible.  German.  1710. Luther. Biblia, das ist: Die gantze heilige Schrift des Alten und Neuen Testaments. Wie solche von Herrn Doctor Martin Luther Seel. im Jahr Christi 1522. in unsere Teutsche Mutter-Sprach zu übersetzen angefangen.... Nürnberg: In Verlegung Johann Andreä Endters Seel, Sohn, und Erben, 1710. Folio (39 cm, 15.38"). Frontis., [32] ff., 1181, [1] pp., [11 (-1)] ff.; 1 plt., illus.
$1500.00
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The First English THUMB BIBLE in Prose
  Beautifully Bound & with Sharp Lovely Plates
Bible.  English. Selections.  Biblia. Or a practical summary of ye Old and New Testaments. London: R. Wilkin, 1728 (i.e., 1727). 64mo (4 cm, 1.57"). [6], 154, [2], 155–278, [6] pp.; 16 plts.
$6500.00
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Didot PrintedPetit BoundBEAUTIFUL Biblical Antiquarianism
Bible.   Latin (Old Latin). Vulgate. 1785.  Bibliorum sacrorum vulgatae versionis editio. Parisiis: Excudabat Fr. Amb. Didot natut maj., 1785. 8vo in 4s (19 cm, 7.5"). 8 vols. I: xvi, 501, [1] pp. II: [2] ff., 450 pp. III: [2] ff., 393, [1] pp. IV: [2] ff., 428 pp. V: [2] ff., 400 pp. VI: [2] ff., 444 pp. VII: [2] ff., 407, [1] pp. VIII: [2] ff., 373, [1] pp.
$2500.00
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WATTS in a Pretty & Personal Binding
Bible.  O.T. Psalms. English. Paraphrases. 1827. Watts. The Psalms, hymns, & spiritual songs ... to which are added, select hymns from other authors; and directions for musical expression. Boston: Samuel T. Armstrong and Crocker & Brewster, [1827]. 12mo (15.6 cm, 6.2"). 496, [5]–156 pp.
$225.00
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Embossed Architectural BindingEXCELLENT Condition
Bible. English. Authorized (i.e., “King James Version”). 1831. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the original tongues: and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majesty's special command. Oxford: Pr. at the University Press by Samuel Collingwood & Co., 1831. 24mo. [528] ff.
$1150.00
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Becomingly SIMPLE Impression in aHandsome (Boston?) Binding
Bible.  English. 1831. Authorized (i.e., “King James Version”). The Holy Bible.... In two volumes. Boston: [Pr. by Stephen Forster at the Boston Press, Francis Jenks, proprietor, for] Gray & Bowen, 1831. 4to (27.7 cm, 10.875"). In 2 vols. I: lacking frontis., [2] ff., 915, [1 (blank)] pp. II: lacking frontis.?, [2] ff., 804, [1 (blank)] pp., [1 (blank)] f.
$675.00

In a GOOD AMERICAN Binding Sarah Leverett's French Bible
Bible.  French. 1839–40. Martin.  La Sainte Bible...revue...par David Martin.... New York: Stéréotypé par Henry W. Rees, pour la Société Biblique Americaine, D. Fanshaw, Imprimeur, 1839–40. 8vo. 819 [1 (blank)] pp., 261, [1 (blank)] pp.
$525.00
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Hannah's LegacyIllustrated N.T.Sentimental Womanly Provenance
Bible.  N.T. English. Authorized. 1841.  The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; with the marginal readings; and illustrated by marginal references, both parallel and explanatory, and a copious selection, carefully chosen, and newly arranged. New York: John C. Riker, 1841. 16mo (11 cm, 4.4"). Frontis., add. engr. t.-p., [2], 350 pp.; 4 plts.
$200.00
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Harper’sILLUMINATED
1600 Historical Engravings” & Handsomely Bound
Bible.   English. 1846. Authorized (i.e., “King James Version”).  The illuminated Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments...With marginal readings, references, and chronological dates. Also, the Apocrypha....Embellished with sixteen hundred historical engravings by J.A. Adams, more than fourteen hundred of which are from original designs by J.G. Chapman. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. Folio (34 cm, 13.4"). Frontis., add. engr. t.-p., [6], 844, [2], 128, [6], frontis., add. engr. t.-p., [2], 256, 3, [1], 8, 14, 34 pp.; illus.
[SOLD]
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Large Paper & Luxurious!
Bible.  N.T. English. Authorized. 1864.  The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. With engravings on wood from designs of Fra Angelico, Pietro Perugino, Francesco Francia.... London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1864. 4to (29.5 cm, 11.75"). Frontis., [iii]–xvi, 540 pp.; illus.
$1200.00
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Birch's Fables with aCRUIKSHANK  SKETCH as BONUS
Birch, John; Robert Cruikshank, illus.   Fifty-one fables, with moral and ethical index. London: Hamilton, Adams & Co. (pr. by S. Bagster, Jr.), 1833. 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). [4], 251, [1] pp.; 52 plts., illus.
[SOLD]
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The State ofEarly 19th-Century Austrian Medical Knowledge
Bischoff, Ignaz Rudolph Edler von Altenstern.  Grundzüge der allgemeinen Naturlehre des Menschen ... Mit vorzüglicher Hinsicht auf die praktische Medicin. Wien: A. Strauss's sel. Witwe, 1838–39. 8vo (21 cm, 8.3"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., [22], 352, [2] pp. II: xvi, 492 pp.
$950.00
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Reproducing the ProcessOne of Just 50 Copies
Blake, William.  There is no natural religion. [colophon: Boissia, Clairvaux: Published by the Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust, 1971]. 12mo (18.7 cm, 7.375") & 4to (30.8 cm, 12.125"). 12mo: [42] ff.; illus., facsims. 4to: [53] ff.; illus., facsims.
$975.00
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Ribbon–Embossed Binding / Historical Architecture
Bloxam, Matthew Holbeche.   A glimpse at the monumental architecture and sculpture of Great Britain, from the earliest period to the eighteenth century. London: W. Pickering [Leicester: Printed by Thomas Combe, Junior], 1834. 8vo (20 cm, 7.8"). xv, [1], 291, [1] pp.; 2 plts.
$125.00
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Lovely French PrintingGORGEOUS! French Binding
Boileau Despréaux, Nicolas.  Œuvres diverses du Sieur D*** avec le traité du sublime ou du merveilleux dans le discours, traduit du Grec de Longin. Paris: Claude Barbin (pr. by Denys Thierry), 1674. 4to (25.3 cm, 10"). π2A–R4S8T–Y4Z1*4a2-4b–o4; Frontis., [4], 178, [12], [3]–102, [10 (index & colophon)] pp., 1 plt.
$4000.00
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Deluxe Signed Limited Edition PUBLISHER'S COPY:  Life of a Science Fiction Pioneer
(Bradbury, Ray). Weist, Jerry. BRADBURY: An illustrated life.  A journey to far metaphor. Hampton Falls, NH: Donald M. Grant, 2004. Folio (29.2 cm, 11.5"). [36], xxvi, 195, [1] pp.; illus.
$1150.00
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Large Scale” in Several Respects . . .
62 Engravings & Bedford BoundWESTMINSTER ABBEY

A Classic of English Antiquarianism, Illustration,   
& Book-Making
 
 
Brayley, Edward Wedlake.  The history and antiquities of the abbey church of St. Peter, Westminster: Including notices and biographical memoirs of the abbots and deans of that foundation. London: J.P. Neale for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, 1818–23. Folio (37.9 cm, 14.9"). 2 vols. I: [18], 227, [19], 72, [10] pp.; 13 plts. II: [2], 304, [40] pp.; 49 plts.
$2250.00
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Buffon's Natural History in the “Short” Version:  Four Volumes
Upwards of Four Hundred Engravings on Wood”
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de; John Wright, ed.   Buffon's natural history of the globe and of man; beasts, birds, fishes, reptiles, and insects. London: Printed for T.T. & J. Tegg (by C. Whittingham at the Chiswick Press), 1833. 12mo (16.8 cm, 6.6"). 4 vols. I: vi, 463, [1] pp.; illus. II: [2], 492 pp.; illus. III: [2], 476 pp.; illus. IV: [2], 470 pp.; illus.
$300.00
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