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OF EXCEPTIONAL RARITY: 1814 FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST HEBREW BIBLE PUBLISHED IN AMERICA

HEBREW BIBLE. Biblia Hebraica. Philadelphia, 1814. Two volumes.

Very rare first edition of the first Hebrew Bible published in America, of major importance in the field of American Judaica, handsomely bound. $28,000.

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BEAUTIFUL, VERY LARGE (ANTIPHONAL-SIZED) 16TH-CENTURY GERMAN ILLUMINATED PAINTING OF THE VIRGIN MARY AND CHILD

ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Illuminated Painting of the Virgin Mary. Germany, 16th century.

Splendid and very large—antiphonal sized, though not from an antiphonal—16th-century hand-painted illuminated portrait of the Virgin Mary praying over Jesus as a baby, handsomely framed. $22,000.

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LARGE FOLIO ANTIPHONAL, 1600, WITH MANY LOVELY HISTORIATED INITIALS IN PERIOD BINDING

ANTIPHONAL. Spanish antiphonal. Spain, 1600.

Very striking example of Spanish Church antiphonal, penned in 1600 during the Bishopric of Don Francisco de Reynoso in the city of Cordova for use in the church in the town of Cabra. In original binding retaining metal furniture, with historiated initials and musical staves and text on 199 vellum leaves. $21,000.

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“A JUST PORTRAIT OF THE ENCHANTING FEATURES OF INDIA”

(INDIA) FORREST, Lieutenant-Colonel [Charles Ramus]. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna. London, 1824. First edition of this renowned India color-plate book, boasting 24 splendidly hand-colored aquatint views after original drawings by Forrest and large folding map showing the Ganges and the Jumna, handsomely bound by J. Adams. $20,000.

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“THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE PENTATEUCH IN AMERICA”

(HEBREW BIBLE) LEESER, Isaac. The Law of God. Philadelphia, 1845. Five volumes.

First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Five handsomely bound volumes. $18,500.

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RARE 17TH-CENTURY HEBREW BIBLE, EXQUISITELY BOUND IN TORTOISE-SHELL AND SILVER

BIBLE. Cinco Libros de la Ley Divina Con Las Aphtarot. Amsterdam, 1691.

Splendid and rare 1691 Pentateuch in Spanish, in exquisite tortoise-shell binding with silver fittings, clasps and catches, and with engraved title page. A lovely volume. $17,000.

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“THE BISHOPS’ BIBLE,” 1575 FIRST SMALL FOLIO EDITION

(BIBLE). The Holy Byble. London, 1575.

Sixth edition (first small folio edition) of the “Bishops’ Bible”—the Anglican translation commissioned to check the Geneva Bible’s influence and “considered one of the great achievements of the 16th century” (J. Paul Getty Museum, A Thousand Years of the Bible, 70)—with much woodcut ornamentation, complete in contemporary reverse paneled calf boards. $17,000.

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“A SPLENDID WORK… ORNAMENTED WITH FINE ENGRAVINGS”

(BIBLE). Holy Bible. London, 1800. Six volumes. Magnificently illustrated first edition of the Macklin Bible, handsomely bound by C. Kalthoeber of London in six massive volumes and illustrated with 70 splendid full-page copper-engraved plates after Artaud, Cosway, Fuseli, Reynolds, Stothard, Westall and other noted artists, and over 100 additional vignette head- and tailpieces. $15,000.

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“A SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION… FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN SECOND ONLY TO THE BIBLE”

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer. Cambridge, 1762. Cambridge 1762 folio edition of the Book of Common Prayer—the magisterial treasury of ritual, prayer and Scripture that has indelibly shaped the piety and literature of the English-speaking world—in royal armorial binding featuring King George III’s coat-of-arms as a gilt centerpiece on both covers and his royal cipher on the spine, with an early manuscript notation describing the book as a gift from King George III to his young son, later King George IV. $12,000.

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A PILGRIMAGE TO EL-MEDINAH AND MECCAH, BURTON’S RAREST TITLE

BURTON, Richard Francis. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Mecca. London, 1855-56. Three volumes.

First edition of “a most remarkable work of the highest value” (T.E. Lawrence), Burton’s scarce and important illustrated narrative of his journey to Mecca, with five full-page color chromolithographs, eight tinted plates, one black-and-white plate, three plans (two folding), and a folding map. Handsomely bound. $11,000.

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"LORD, REBUKE ME NOT IN THY FURY"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Northern France, circa 1470.

Beautiful illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours, featuring five splendid miniatures depicting The Last Judgment and scenes from the life of David; three lines of Latin text from the Penitential Psalms; and an elaborate three-line initial. $11,000.

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"O, GOD, COME TO MY ASSISTANCE!"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Likely Paris, France, circa 1420.

Lovely illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, featuring an unusual hand-colored image of Christ carrying the cross, with five lines of Latin text from the Hours of the Cross in Gothic script, a two-line initial, a one-line initial, and two line extenders, beautifully bordered on all sides with flowers, berries, gilt sprigs, and acanthus leaves. $10,500.

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EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH MISSAL, WITH MAGNIFICENT ELABORATE SILVER CORNERS, CENTERPIECES AND CLASPS

(CATHOLIC MISSAL). Missale Romanum. Madrid, 1791.

1791 Madrid missal, with nine full-page engraved plates, two in-text engravings of saints and an engraved vignette on the title page, magnificently bound with large elaborate pure silver corners, centerpieces and clasps, likely from a much earlier date. $9500.

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"O, GOD, COME TO MY ASSISTANCE!"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Likely Rouen, France, circa 1475.

Beautiful illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, a striking hand-colored image depicting the Presentation in the Temple, with four lines of Latin text from the Hour of None in batarde script, a three-line initial, a one-line initial, and two line extenders, beautifully bordered with animals, flowers, and acanthus leaves. $8500.

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“CONCEIVED HARMONIOUSLY AND MADE BEAUTIFULLY”

(NONESUCH PRESS) BIBLE. The Holy Bible. London, 1924-27. Five volumes.

Splendid private-press limited edition of the Bible, this copy one of only 75 unnumbered sets on Arnold unbleached rag paper and bound in vellum. A splendid production typeset by Nonesuch founder Francis Meynell, illustrated with five beautifully engraved title pages by Stephen Gooden, and handsomely printed by Frederick Hall at the Oxford University Press. $7500.

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ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF COTTON MATHER'S FAITHFUL ACCOUNT OF THE … CHURCHES OF NEW ENGLAND, 1726

MATHER, Cotton. Ratio Disciplinae… Faithful Account. Boston, 1726.

First edition of Cotton Mather's "important exposition of the tenants of Congregationalism," signed on the title page, dated 1772, by Minister Moses Hemmenway, a Harvard classmate and friend of John Adams who described him in a July 2, 1774 letter to Abigail Adams as "my old worthy learned ingenious Friend Hemmenway." $6800.

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"THE SUPREME EXPRESSION OF EDWARDS’ PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION"

EDWARDS, Jonathan. Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Boston, 1746.

First edition of this central work of "The Great Awakening" by one of America's most famous theological figures—"we can hardly understand Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Melville, unless we comprehend" the formative role of the revival and Edwards' pivotal influence (Perry Miller)—most desirable in contemporary paneled sheep boards. $6500.

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“A MOST REMARKABLE SERIES OF MUSLIM MONUMENTS, RUNNING UNBROKEN FROM THE NINTH TO THE NINETEENTH CENTURY”

CRESWELL, K.A.C. Mosques of Egypt. Giza (Orman), 1949-54. Two volumes.

First edition, lavishly illustrated with 243 stunning large folio photographic plates of Egyptian building and architectural details, numerous in-text drawings, building plans and elevations, and two large folding "Maps of Cairo Showing Mohammedan Monuments" housed in a rear pocket in Volume I. "The finest piece of book production achieved in Egypt." $5800.

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“UNDOUBTEDLY THE MOST DISTINGUISHED ILLUSTRATED EDITION PRODUCED IN EUROPE DURING THE 19TH CENTURY”

(HAGGADAH). Haggadah Shel Pesah. Trieste, 1864.

Beautifully and richly illustrated Haggadah printed in Trieste, with elaborately engraved Gothic title page depicting Moses, Aaron, David and Solomon, and with 58 splendid wood engravings by C. Kirchmayr (almost one on every page).
$5200.

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“ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE BOOKS EVER PUBLISHED IN CONNECTION WITH INDIAN HISTORY”

(INDIA) CUNNINGHAM, Joseph Davey. History of the Sikhs. London, 1849. First edition, with map of Punjabi political divisions until 1803 outlined in color, color folding map of Punjabi political divisions after the treaty of 1846, and folding genealogical table of the Gooroos, handsomely bound. $4800.

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“A SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION… FOR MOST ENGLISHMEN SECOND ONLY TO THE BIBLE”

BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer. London, 1742.

Impressive 1742 edition of the magisterial Book of Common Prayer, with engraved frontispiece view of St. Paul’s Cathedral, elegantly bound in contemporary full paneled morocco-gilt. $4800.

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SUPERBLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED THREE-VOLUME FOLIO BIBLE, WITH 106 FINE COPPERPLATE ENGRAVINGS

(BIBLE) (RIDER, William, editor). Christian’s Family Bible. London, 1763-67. Three volumes. Splendid illustrated 18th-century three-volume folio edition of the Bible, the first to be edited and revised by Rev. William Rider, with 97 fine full-page engravings and nine engraved maps, very handsomely bound in period-style calf-gilt bindings. $4500.

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RARE 1757 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND DAVID HALL IMPRINT, FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF PIKE'S EPISTLE TO THE NATIONAL MEETING OF FRIENDS, IN DUBLIN

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin) PIKE, Joseph. Epistle to the National Meeting of Friends in Dublin. Philadelphia, 1757.

First American edition of Joseph Pike's influential Quaker work, a rare imprint of the firm of Franklin and Hall, issued near the same time Franklin became a representative for the Pennsylvania Assembly and the colonies of Massachusetts, Georgia and New Jersey in Britain, handsomely bound in full morocco. $4500.

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SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF DAVID MAMET’S BAR MITZVAH

MAMET, David. Bar Mitzvah. El Segundo, California, 1999.

Signed limited edition of this poignant story about a boy's bar mitzvah, number 135 of only 395 copies signed by Mamet and artist Donald Sultan, exquisitely illustrated with 20 hand silk-screen plates, many heightened with 22-karat gold inlays. $4200.

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HANDSOME 19TH-CENTURY YEMENITE MANUSCRIPT HAGGADOT

(HAGGADAH). Agadeta de-Fis-ha. Yemen, no date, late 19th century and early 20th century.

Beautiful 19th-century manuscript Passover Haggadah from Yemen, written entirely by hand in Yemenite square and cursive script in brown ink, accompanied by a smaller and slightly later Haggadah neatly executed in square script. $3800.

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ORIGINAL LATE 19TH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF CATHEDRALS IN THE BRITISH ISLES, WITH 116 ALBUMEN PRINTS

(BRITISH ISLES) (PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM). Photographic album of cathedrals in England, Scotland and Ireland. No place, circa 1887.

Original late 19th-century photographic album containing 116 albumen prints depicting views of notable cathedrals in England, Scotland and Ireland, mounted on thick blue card, in a beautiful parchment-gilt binding by Giulio Giannini of Florence, Italy. $3800.

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EIGHT-VOLUME FOLIO LATIN TRANSLATION OF CALMET’S COMMENTARIES, 1734-35, WITH 20 FULL-PAGE ENGRAVINGS AND FIVE FOLDING MAPS

CALMET, Don Augustin. Commentarium Literale in Omnes ac Singulos tum Veteris cum Novi Testam. Augsburg, 1734-35. Eight volumes. Third Latin translation of the Commentaire of Dom Augustin Calmet—“usually recognized as the greatest Roman Catholic biblical scholar of the 18th century”—illustrated with 20 full-page engravings by Johann-Gottfried Kolb and A. Ehman as well as five folding maps by P. Starckman (after Pierre Moullart-Sanson), distinguished in contemporary clasped bindings. $3500.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE TARGUM ON CHRONICLES

(HEBREW BIBLE). Targum shel Divrei ha-Yamim. Augsburg, 1680-83. Two volumes.

First edition of the Targum on Chronicles, printed from an Erfurt manuscript, edited with a Latin translation by Matthias Friedrich Beck. With two in-text engravings and engraved vignettes on title pages by Melchior Haffner. A handsome copy in contemporary calf-gilt. Scarce. $3500.

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“A DISTINCTLY AMERICAN CHARACTER OF PUBLIC SERVICE FOR THE AMERICAN PRESS”: RARE 1759 FRANKLIN AND HALL IMPRINT

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin, printer) RUTTY, John. Liberty of the Spirit. Dublin, Printed: Philadelphia Reprinted by, 1759.

First American edition of Quaker John Rutty’s work on spiritual and civic values, printed in Philadelphia by the firm of Benjamin Franklin and David Hall in 1759, with rarely found original front paper wrapper. $3500.

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19TH-CENTURY ILLUSTRATED BIBLE IN WELSH, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND

BIBLE. Bibl yr Addoliad Teuluaidd [Bible in Welsh]. London and New York, circa 1880.

Victorian edition of the "Family Worship Bible" in Welsh, with engraved vignette title page, frontispiece, and 45 folio engraved illustrations, beautifully bound with brass furniture. $3500.

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WITH 60 FOLIO ENGRAVED PLATES

HURD, William. New Universal History of the Religious Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs of the Whole World. London, circa 1780.

First edition of Hurd's richly illustrated survey of world religions, with engraved frontispiece and 60 fine folio copperplate engravings depicting religious rites and ceremonies from around the world. $3200.

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FRAZER’S CLASSIC STUDY OF MAGIC AND RELIGION,12-VOLUME SET IN ORIGINAL CLOTH AND SCARCE DUST JACKETS

FRAZER, James George. Golden Bough. London, 1923-27. Twelve volumes. Third and best edition, later issue, of Frazer’s landmark anthropological study of magic and religion, greatly enlarged and expanded to 12 volumes. $3000.

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THE BIBLE IN ARABIC, SCARCE 1811 QUARTO EDITION

(BIBLE IN ARABIC). The Holy Bible in the Arabic Language. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1811.

Early 19th-century quarto edition of the Bible in Arabic, printed for distribution by British evangelists in Africa and Asia, in attractive contemporary paneled calf. $2850.

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"AN INAPPROPRIATE EXERCISE OF POWER IN SPIRITUAL MATTERS": DELL'S DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS, 1759, PUBLISHED BY THE PHILADELPHIA FIRM OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND DAVID HALL

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin) DELL, William. Doctrine of Baptisms. London Printed: Philadelphia, 1759.

1759 Philadelphia edition printed by Franklin and Hall of Dell's Doctrine of Baptisms at the request of the Philadelphia Friends and leading abolitionist Anthony Benezet, early signaling the emergence of a profoundly influential friendship between Franklin and Benezet. $2800.

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WITH 24 VIBRANT FOLIO HAND-COLORED AQUATINT VIEWS

CLARKE, J.; AINSLIE, Robert. A Series of Twenty-Four Views Illustrative of the Holy Scriptures. London, circa 1817.

First edition of this selection of Middle Eastern views, with 24 elaborately hand-colored aquatint plates engraved by J. Clarke after drawings collected by Sir Robert Ainslie, in contemporary marbled boards. $2800.

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“THIS DIRECT, BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL THING, FULL OF WORTH AND VITALITY”

EISEN, Gustavus A. The Great Chalice of Antioch. New York, 1923. Two volumes.

Limited first edition, number 187 of 1000 copies, of Eisen’s description and investigation of the artifact that many people once held (as some still do) to be the Holy Grail, with 60 plates: 48 photogravures depicting the chalice and numerous details of its iconography and 12 etchings on copper of Jesus and the Apostles, after the chalice’s depictions. $2600.

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“A GENERAL TRIUMPH… THE BEST PORTRAIT OF DAMASCUS AND SYRIAN SOCIAL CUSTOMS AT THAT PERIOD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE”:

BURTON, Isabel. Inner Life of Syria, Palestine, and the Holy Land. London, 1875. Two volumes. First edition of Isabel Burton’s narrative of travels with her husband, Richard Burton. With frontispiece photographic portrait in each volume, two lovely chromolithographic plates and folding map. $2600.

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INSCRIBED BY PHOTOGRAPHER ROMAN VISHNIAC

VISHNIAC, Roman. Polish Jews. New York, 1947.

First edition, presentation/association copy from the library of noted photography collector Howard Daitz, long associated with New York’s Lee Witkin Gallery, inscribed by Vishniac on the title page, “For Howard Daitz, Roman Vishniac,” with introduction by Abraham Joshua Heschel and 31 full-page photogravures of Eastern European Jews on the eve of World War II, scarce in bright unrestored dust jacket. $2200.

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HANDSOME LIVORNO-PRINTED PRAYER BOOK, IN CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO WITH BRASS FURNITURE

(JUDAICA—SEPHARDIC LITURGY). Sefer Tefilot ha-Kadosh, ke-minhag kahal Kadosh. Livorno, circa 1838.

Scarce 19th-century Livorno-printed prayer book, printed by Solomon Belforte, in handsome contemporary morocco binding with brass furniture. With a finely penned page in Hebrew manuscript bound in at rear. $1800.

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CASTES AND TRIBES OF SOUTHERN INDIA, WITH 176 PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES

THURSTON, Edgar, assisted by K[adambi]. Rangachari. Castes and Tribes of Southern India. Madras, 1909. Seven volumes. First edition of Thurston's ethnographic account of the population in the Madras Presidency, generously illustrated with 176 photographic plates, in original cloth. $1650.

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THE FIRST BOOK PUBLISHED IN BRIGHAM YOUNG’S “DESERET ALPHABET,” 1868

(YOUNG, Brigham) DESERET UNIVERSITY. Deseret furst bok [First Book]. Salt Lake City, 1868.

Scarce first edition of the first book printed in Brigham Young’s experimental “Deseret Alphabet,” illustrated with wood-engraved title page and 23 in-text woodcuts. $1650.

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AN INDISPENSABLE GUIDE TO HEBREW LITERATURE

BUXTORF, Johannes. Lexicon Chaldaicum, Talmudicum et Rabbinicum. Basel, 1639-40.

First edition, with finely engraved additional title page and frontispiece portrait of Buxtorf, front matter decorated with initials, head- and tailpieces. Text in Latin and Hebrew. $1400.

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“A WORK OF VERY CONSIDERABLE MERIT”

JURIEU, Pierre. Histoire Critique des Dogmes et des Cultes. Amsterdam, 1704.

First edition of Jurieu’s comparative history of religion, handsomely bound in contemporary calf gilt and with lovely engraved frontispiece of religious figures and ceremonies within decorative border. $1200.

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“THE MOST SENSATIONAL EXPOSÉ OF MORMONISM SINCE 1842”

STENHOUSE, Thomas B.H. Rocky Mountain Saints. New York, 1873.

First edition of this comprehensive and critical history of life in Utah under the leadership of Mormon prophet Brigham Young, with steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of Young and numerous illustrations, including 24 full-page wood-engravings. $1100.

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"SERVICE TO OTHERS IS THE RENT WE PAY FOR OUR ROOM HERE ON EARTH"

(ALI, Muhammad) MUHAMMAD, Imam Warithuddin. Prayer and Al-Islam. Chicago, 1982.

First edition, inscribed on the title page, "To Randy Remos from Muhammad Ali. Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth. April 4-84," beneath which Ali has drawn a smiley face. $1100.

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LOVELY 1948 LONDON ILLUSTRATED HAGGADAH FOR CHILDREN, WITH MOVING PARTS

(HAGGADAH). The Children’s Haggadah [Haggadah des Kindes]. London, 1948. Early edition in English of this illustrated Haggadah for children printed in London, with numerous color illustrations by Erwin Singer, five with moving parts. $985.

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HOME FOR THE DYING: MARY ELLEN MARK’S MOTHER TERESA’S MISSIONS, SIGNED BY HER

MARK, Mary Ellen. Photographs of Mother Teresa"s Missions of Charity. Carmel, 1985.

First edition of Mark’s haunting photo-documentary of Mother Teresa’s work in Calcutta, with 37 photogravures, signed by her on the title page. $800.

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“SHEPARD RANKS THIRD BEHIND COTTON AND ELIOT AMONG FIRST-GENERATION NEW ENGLAND MINISTERS”

SHEPARD, Thomas. The Sound Believer. Boston, 1742.

Eighteenth-century edition of this perennially popular and influential work on evangelical conversion by a pioneering first-generation Puritan preacher, Thomas Shepard of Cambridge, England, and then Cambridge, Massachusetts. An excellent copy in contemporary calf. $750.

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ALPHABET OF CREATION SIGNED BY BEN SHAHN

SHAHN, Ben. Alphabet of Creation. New York, 1954.

Signed limited first edition of a legend from the Sefer Ha-Zohar, a foundational work of the Jewish Kabbalah, number 237 of only 500 copies signed by Shahn (total of 550), with over 40 illustrations from original drawings including his calligraphic images of the alphabet, in original slipcase. $750.

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FIRST EDITION OF TODROS GELLER'S RICHLY ILLUSTRATED POST-WAR VERSION OF THE TRADITIONAL PASSOVER SONG "HAD GADYA"

GELLER, Todros, illustrator and ROSENZWEIG, Efraim M., author. Had Gadya. Chicago, 1946.

First edition of this elaborate illustrated version of the passover song "Had Gadya" (One Little Goat), with striking linocut images by Jewish-American artist Todros Geller. $650.

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“SHARPER OR MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN THE EXTANT PHOTOGRAPHS”

(SALT LAKE CITY) (SMITH, Joseph). Souvenir Album. New York, 1885.

1885 pocket-size souvenir photolithographic album of Salt Lake City, featuring 18 accordion-fold panels with 25 views, including a double-page panorama Salt Lake City featuring the Temple and Tabernacle, splendid individual views of each, major architectural sites and thoroughfares, mages of the home and grave of the late Brigham Young, portraits of Joseph F. Smith, John Taylor and other leaders, a Mormon family portrait and much more, in original gilt-embossed blue cloth. $650.

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