London: Printed for William Hone. Hardcover. Second Edition. Later Reprint. 271 pp. 8vo. Subtitle, "Being all the Gospels, Epistles and Other Pieces now Extant, Attributed in the First Four Centuries to Jesus Christ, His Apostles, and Their Companions, and Not Included in the New Testament by its Compilers. Translated from the Original Tongues, and Now First Collected Into One Volume." From the introduction, "After the writings contained in the New Testament were selected from the numerous Gospels and Epistles then in existence, what became of the Books that were rejected by the compilers?" Interesting question. Selected items from the books that were rejected and are contained in this volume: the Gospel of the Birth of Mary, Nicodemus, the Apostle's Creed, Laodiceans, Paul and Seneca, Paul...
Hanover, Germany: 1915. Leather. As. 499 pp. An exquisite little book, a treasure for the reader of old German. The black leather cover has gilt design of cross on front, gilt lettering front and spine. Spine is labeled "Gelfangbuch" (presumably, hymnbook) and Marianne Hahn, presumably original owner. AEG. A delicate filigreed brass clasp (all elements present) closes the book at center. There are three small indentations on front cover, as if book had always been held in the same manner. Eps are a lovely ivory moire. B/w frontis engraving of the crucifiction. First four pages are for family records, followed by an index. Then the words for 638 hymns follow, with musical suggestions but no actual music. A list of composers is present, then a....
Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1861. Hard Cover. First Edition. 192 pp. 16mo. Black leather spine has gilt bands, lettering. Marbled paper covers worn, bumped at corners. Front pastedown has remains of bookplate from West Kensington Baptist Church and date 1861. Pastedown and and title page stained and marked. First free endpaper missing both front and rear. "H. Fox" inked his name on bottom edge and at bottom of p.18. Preface states that the science of the geography of plants is in its infancy. Good.
Bangor, ME: John H. Bacon, 1900. Hardcover. First Edition. 85 pp. 8vo. Ivery covers, slightly soiled, with gold embossed titling to cover boad. Clean and somewhat musty within.
A memoir of the life of George Warren Field, the frist pastor of the Central Congregational Church and Parish of Bangor, Maine. Very Good.
Carcassonne: Pierre Polere, 1820. Full Leather. As. 768 pp. Binding is reddish-brown leather with faded and worn blind-stamped, gilt lettering, decorative borders and rules. Binding is slightly aged, soiled and shelf-worn. Spine ends and corners are bumped and worn. A.e.g. which is slightly aged and worn. Marbled eps. Interior is slightly aged. Page 105 is torn, part of it missing. Upper corner section is missing from rear fly leaf. Some page corners have been creased. Otherwise, the interior is very good. Good.
Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union. Paper Boards. 141 pp. Copyright 1833. Blue/green paper cover frayed to boards at corners, has other edgewear. Dirt and wear consistent with age. Leather spine has gilt title. Small tears at head & foot of spine. B/w frontis of Knox engraved by J.B. Longacre. Another b/w plate of his memorial monument at end of text. Foxed throughout. Light signatures on eps. Rear ep loose. Occasional tears do not interfere with text. Good Plus.
Bar Harbor, Maine: The Maine Sea Coast Missionary Society, 1958. Wraps. First Edition. 6 booklets: 12 pp (Christmas Bulletin 1948) , 40 pp (Annual Report 1949), 13 (Christmas Bulletin 1955) , 34 pp (1956 Annual Report), 40 pp (50th Anniversary Report 1955) and 38 pp (1958 Annual Report). B/w photo ills. Wraps are clean and crisp with just a touch of foxing to the back cover of the Christmas Bulletin 1955 and the white covers of the 1958 report. Contents are crisp with photo ills. This Society runs the boat "Sunbeam" for missionary and humanitarian work to islands and isolated families along the coast of Maine, and also provides personnel to some of these communities. Most reports list contributors as well as an account of typical activities. An interesting facet of Americana. Very Good.
West Burke, VT: The Janus Press, 1977. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. Dark mustard yellow wraps with Helen Siegel wood cut printed in blue-gray on cover. Helen Siegl's wood cuts illustrate the text. Edition was handset in Bembo, titles in Mehart Uncial, printed on Kozu with Strathmore covers. Limited to 300 copies. Inscribed in pencil by Janus Press Founder Claire Van Vliet at the colophon. Fine.
Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1835. Hardcover. 78 pp. 16mo. B/w ills. Scuffed & faded marbled boards backed by brown cloth. A title label pasted on spine is mostly chipped away. Corners bumped and threadbare. Interior foxed throughout, including eps. Penciled scribbles on ffep. Rear free ep and blank leaves removed. Binding is tight and book is perfectly readable. Very Good.
Boston: American Board of Commissioner for Foreign Missions, 1813. Wraps. First Edition. 40 pp. Title, continued: "Compiled from Documents Laid Before the Board at the Fourth Annual Meeting, which was held at Boston, September 15, 1813. To which is added, An Address to the Christian Public on the Subject of Foreign Missions and Translations." Blue cover is worn and soiled. Black print on front. Back cover and eps have publisher's ads. Back cover soiled and torn at bottom. Edges are tattered, although all text is present. Contents foxed and stained. Lists officers of Foreign Missions Societies. Rare early report.
Contents deal mainly with reports on the Mission's work in India and Asia. Good.
Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1828. Paper Boards. 180 pp. Marbled boards with spine & corners in green cloth. Spine has gilt bands, lettering. All extremities worn. Smudge in center of spine. Interior foxed. Title page indicates "Theological Seminary of Bangor, 1837" in ink. Very Good.
Dover, NH: The Freewill Baptist Printing Establishment, 1871. Hardcover. As. Possible First Edition. 50 pp. 24 mo. Brown cloth boards with gold embossed titling to cover board, straight blind embossed border, corners lightly bumped. Interiors clean, previous owner's stamp and signature on first free endpaper. Very Good.
Cambridge, MA: Cygnet Press, 1929. Hard Cover. First Edition. First publication of the Cygnet Press. Used as a promotional piece, this copy also has a New Year's gift slip laid in indicating that the press was being managed by George Parker Winship and Philip Hofer and their best wishes for the New Year. Pages uncut, woodcut illustrations throughout. Fine.
West Burke, VT: The Janus Press, 1977. Wraps. First Edition. Unpag. Heavy purple wraps with Helen Siegel wood cut of two doves over a cross printed in black on cover. Helen Siegl's wood cuts illustrate the text. Edition was handset and printed on Korean with Strathmore covers. Limited to 350 copies, inscribed in pencil by Janus Press Founder Claire Van Vliet at the colophon. Fine.
Boston: Bowles and Dearborn, 1829. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. xv, 256 pp. 8vo. Leather spine is worn and tattered at top; it has been repaired, but gilt title is still legible. There is some clear tape on the cover, and other signs of tape having been removed. Corners bumped and frayed, edges worn, marble paper inset on covers. Ex-library with label on inside front cover, blind embossed on title page, and previous owner's signature on first free endpaper. Preliminary pages and several pages at the end of the book foxed.
Abbot was Pastor of the First Church in Beverly, Mass., where he died before the publication of this book. A Harvard graduate, he journeyed to Cuba seeking relief from a "pulmonary condition." His travelogue...
Worcester, MA: Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1967. Wraps. First Edition. viii, 9 pp. 8vo. Small 8vo with very pale green paper wraps, text printed on heavy rag paper with a deckled edge. Inscribed on the half-title page, inscribed back by the giftees to the gifter on the second free endpaper. Still covered in original glassine dust jacket.
Translated by the Benedictines of Stanbrook. Fine / fine.