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BENT, William, 1747-1813 – publisher : THE NEW WEEK’S PREPARATION FOR A WORTHY RECEIVING OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, AS RECOMMENDED AND APPOINTED BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ...

BENT, William, 1747-1813 – publisher : THE NEW WEEK’S PREPARATION FOR A WORTHY RECEIVING OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, AS RECOMMENDED AND APPOINTED BY THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ...

London : for W. Bent, (1792). An interesting late eightenth-century edition of both parts of this popular devotional guide, constantly in print since its first appearance in the 1730s. The present copy was bound, almost certainly in Liverpool, for “Pudsey Dawson, Esqr. Bailiff, 1797”, whose name is unusually but prominently tooled in gilt on the upper cover. Dawson (1752-1816) was rather more than just a bailiff, serving as Mayor of Liverpool at one time (Pudsey Street is named after him and there is a portrait in the Liverpool Record Office). A man of notable piety as well as wealth, remembered as one of Liverpool’s “most active, enlightened and useful citizens”, he was also the founder of the first school for the blind in the country. An internal inscription records his gift of the book to his eldest daughter, Mary Dawson (1779-1855) on Christmas Eve, 1803.
Crown 12mo (160 x 94mm). [iv],[2],viii,142,144pp. Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary full blue-black goatskin, ruled and tooled in gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endleaves; lightly rubbed and a touch bruised; a few minor internal marks, spots and tiny flaws, but overall a very good copy of most attractive survival. Later armorial “Fac et Spera” bookplate on front pastedown.

£400

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HALE, Mary Ann, 1796-1830 : A CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN. BY THE LATE MRS. HALE.

HALE, Mary Ann, 1796-1830 : A CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN. BY THE LATE MRS. HALE.

London : W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1831. First edition. An extended catechism, with a supplementary table of biblical texts pointing out various duties, sins to be avoided, threatenings to the wicked, blessings to the righteous, etc., compiled for the use of the Harewood Sunday School in Yorkshire, and prepared for publication by the local vicar, Richard Hale (1773-1854), evidently in memory of the compiler, his late wife, Mary Ann Hale, née Loft, and their short marriage of just five years.
Post 12mo (18cm). (96)pp. Original sheep-backed boards; a little rubbed and worn; some staining to boards; stitching slack and a few leaves loose; a serviceable copy of a very uncommon book. Contemporary (1833) pencilled ownership inscription of a member of the Pulford family. Only a single copy (Roderic Bowen Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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JONES, J.D. (John Daniel), 1865-1942 : THE GAME OF LIFE : TALKS WITH BOYS AND GIRLS.

JONES, J.D. (John Daniel), 1865-1942 : THE GAME OF LIFE : TALKS WITH BOYS AND GIRLS.

London : National Council of Evangelical Free Churches, 1907. First edition. Twenty-nine improving talks for the young, with metaphors from sports and hobbies – cricket, golf, cycling, photography, and much else – “We are the batsmen, and we have to keep our wicket up”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(140)pp. Original pictorial cloth, gilt and enamelled; spine a touch dulled, but overall a very good copy.

£40

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JONES, Owen, 1809-1874 – illustrator :  THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES ...

JONES, Owen, 1809-1874 – illustrator : THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES ...

London : John Murray, 1845. First Owen Jones edition. One of the highlights of early Victorian book production and early colour printing – the text with decorative borders and initials throughout, many in colour, interspersed with divisional titles chromolithographed in gold and glowing colours, and illustrations drawn from the great masters.
Royal 8vo (239 x 153mm). xl,484pp. Eight illuminated titles by Jones, with four less elaborate by Henry Warren and John C. Horsley; vignettes, initials, borders and ornaments by Jones; illustrations by George Scharf after Raphael, etc.; original publisher’s roan over bevelled boards, richly gilt; expertly rebacked and refurbished, retaining the original spine; all edges gilt; some light rubbing, sunning and wear; inner hinges reinforced; some occasional spotting, but still an attractive copy of a handsome book. Small ownership stamp of the old Williams’s Library of Cheltenham.

£250

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KERR, Norman (Norman Shanks), 1834-1899 : WINES : SCRIPTURAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL.

KERR, Norman (Norman Shanks), 1834-1899 : WINES : SCRIPTURAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL.

London : National Temperance Publication Depôt, [1882]. First edition. “To teach that Christ made, and the Bible approved, the social use of fermented intoxicating wine is, therefore, to teach that He made, and the Bible sanctioned the social use of, a narcotic poison, poisonous alike to body and to brain ...”. Gallant attempt to prove that all the wine in the Christian canon was non-alcoholic.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (174),[ii]pp. Original cloth gilt; lightly rubbed; a few spots, but a very good copy.

£20

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MARCHANT, Benjamin : REMARKS AND REFLECTIONS ON SELECT PASSAGES IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS.

MARCHANT, Benjamin : REMARKS AND REFLECTIONS ON SELECT PASSAGES IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS.

North Shields : by T. Appleby, 1802. A reissue of the original 1801 publication. “Principally intended, and calculated for the edification and comfort of such of the Children of God as are much exercised with temptations, and in trying circumstances”. Compiled by the local schoolmaster Benjamin Marchant of Ballast Hills – “The writing of this book has cost me many thoughts”.
Post 12mo (173 x 99mm). [2],x,(246)pp. Bound in an elegant contemporary tree calf, attractively gilt; red label; marbled endleaves; some minor rubbing; some surface abrasion to foot of front board; mild discolouration to head of opening leaves, but otherwise a very good copy. With the circular armorial book-label and inscribed name of the local dignitary John Scott, First Earl of Eldon, P.C., Q.C., F.R.S., F.S.A. (1751-1838), Newcastle-born Lord Chancellor. Just two copies of this issue (University of Wales and Princeton Theological) located in major libraries worldwide, with the 1801 issue only found in the Bodleian and the British Library.

£125

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PASCAL, Blaise, 1623-1662 : PROVINCIAL LETTERS, CONTAINING AN EXPOSURE OF THE REASONING AND MORALS OF THE JESUITS.

PASCAL, Blaise, 1623-1662 : PROVINCIAL LETTERS, CONTAINING AN EXPOSURE OF THE REASONING AND MORALS OF THE JESUITS.

London : Gale & Fenner, 1816. An attractive early nineteenth-century edition of Pascal’s satirical masterpiece – here called forth by Pope Pius VII’s recent restoration of the Inquisition and the revival of the Index and the Jesuits. Edward Gibbon claimed to have learnt his gift of irony from Pascal and is said diligently to have re-read this book once each year. Although first translated into English as early as 1657, there would appear to have been only one other earlier translation than the present one.
Demy 8vo (211 x 127mm). xxxii,(383),[i]pp. Contemporary half tan calf, banded and gilt; marbled sides; lightly rubbed; a few minor marks and creases; neatly repaired tear to final leaf, but overall a very good and clean copy. With the contemporary armorial bookplate of John Remington Mills M.P. (1797-1879).

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