Dark Parks Books & Collectibles
Sinistrari, Louis Marie. [Ludovico Maria Sinistrari de Ameno].
De La Demonialite Et Des Animaux Incubes Et Succubes... Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1875. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. Modern black cloth over pebbled boards, gilt rules, title to spine in gilt on red label. Original paper wrappers bound-in, minor soiling, back wrapper with some staining at bottom, and old tape repair to bottom edge, no affect, else covers still excellent. Leaf edges uncut, a very clean copy with just a few foxing spots, no affect, overall contents about fine. Title page in red and black print, with small vignette. Text in Latin & French. We locate only one other copy for sale at time of description. Excellent copy of a very rare book. First edition. Limited to 598 copies, our copy numbered 115. Rare. English translation: Demoniality and incubus and succubus animals where it is proved that there exist on earth reasonable creatures other than man, having like him a body and soul....This rare text limited to less than 600 copies in its first printing and sold out immediately, has long been thought a wonder. Sinistrari (1622-1701) was for a long time considered by many a fictitious author and the manuscript Liseux describes in the preface( he states from the Seymour sale of 1871) non existent. The catalog listing was indeed later found lost at Harvard University and Sinistrari is author of several now known works of philosophy and the occult. The book describes incubi and succubi as not being demons, but having body and soul, which allows them to copulate with humans and reproduce - separating them from Satan (being devil demons), and suggesting they are more like evil animals in more of a human form.
Caillet 10218. Golden Encyclopedia Witchcraft IV: 1043. Coumont: 458: S71.1. Cornell Witchcraft: 510. DP20238 $500.00
A Discourse concerning Prodigies: Wherein The Vanity of Presages by them is reprehended, and their true and proper Ends asserted and vindicated... To which is added a short Treatise concerning Vulgar Prophecies. London: J. Field for Will. Graves, 1665. Second, corrected & enlarged edition. 8vo. 2 parts in 1. A8, a8, B-2C8, 2D8, A-I8, K4. , 408, , 136, p. Contemporary calf, blind rules with tiny floral decorations, rebacked with red title label and gilt rules and floral design. Tiny worm hole track at lower inner margin of first few leaves, no affect, overall a very clean copy. All edges red. Separate title page dated for Vulgar Prophecies, printed by J. Field for Timothy Garthwait. Bookplate on inside front cover, Charles W. Burr, MD. Bookplate for Bibliotheque Schorsch on first blank. “Several natural philosophers... wrote against the idea that prodigies are divine signs. The most thorough attack on providential interpretation came from John Spencer (1630-1690), a Cambridge professor and later friend of Isaac Newton. Spencer’s Disourse Concerning Prodigies (1663) was inspired by widely circulated recent prodigy stories, such as that of an invasion of mice, that were presented as signs of God’s displeaure with the English government. Spencer’s Discourse worked on three levels of argument. Politically, he argued that beliefs in providential prodigies fosters political unrest. Religiously, Spencer argued that the most prodigies are trivial and unworthy of the divine majesty, mocking as ludicrous the idea of looking for the “jewel” of divine wisdom on the “dunghill of obscene and monstrous births, apparitions of lying spirits, strange voices in the air, mighty winds, alterations in the face of heave, &tc” (Spencer 1663, 10).... Scientifically, Spencer argued that the proper people to evaluate prodigies are natural philosophers.” [- Burns: The Scientific Revolution: An Encyclopedia]. Charles W. Burr (1861-1944), well known Professor of mental diseases at University of Pennsylvania and a founder of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. Occult. Apparitions. Ghosts. Omens. Superstitions. Science. Comets. Eclipse. Prophecy. Mythology. Bible. Religion. Theology. Philosophy. Prophets. Soothsayers. Mircales. Philadelphia. Pennsylvania. DP20225 $500.00
Of Idolatry: A Discourse, In Which Is Endeavored A Declaration Of, Its Distinction From Superstition... London: Francis Tyton, 1678. First edition. 4to. A4, a4, B-3G4, 3H6. , 415, p. Modern sheep over marbled boards, title label to spine. Imprimatur and title leaf slightly soiled, with light dampstains to outer margin, minor edge wear to few leaves, no affect. Early ink signature of John Rawlet (1642-86, poet and preacher) at top of title page and tipped in blank, early ink marks to errata, pinhole to top of B1 and O1, touching pagination number, no true affect. Overall, a nice copy of a rare book. Our copy with proper pagination. Tenison (1636-1715), Archbishop of Canterbury, friend of John Evelyn. As archbishop he crowned Anne and George I. Interesting work on various idolatry and superstitions including demon worship and witchcraft, idolatry of Jews, the Golden Calf, Egyptians, Moses, Gnostics, Mahometans (muslims), and more. Wing T704. ESTC: R8. Occult. Superstition. Idolatry. Idols. Worship. Religion. Witchcraft. Demonology. Jews. Pagans. Muslims. Egyptians. Gods. Heathens. Paganism. DP20222 $600.00
Gods Arrow Against Atheists. London: Imprinted by F[elix].K[ingston] for Thomas Pauier, 1609. 4to. A-F8, G4. Third edition. Rare. Rebacked modern calf, gilt borders to bands, red title label, over new marbled boards. New endpapers. Corners slightly rounded, minor soiling and some light dampstains to outer margins, title with contemporary ink note “AB” at inner margin. Lacks blanks. Overall, a nice copy of a scarce work. “This work by Henry Smith (1550-1591) is a gem. However, Henry Smith is little known. Smith’s works are comprehensively outstanding... He lived only a short time (dying at the age of 41, although some documentation exists showing he may have died at 51). He was a second generation reformer and a precursor to Puritanism... he fills a gap in his lifetime of rubbing shoulders with the fathers of puritanism (men like William Perkins, William Ames and Thomas Cratwright, as well as his mentor Richard Greenham. In his day he was known as a powerful preacher - the “prime preacher of the nation”. This particular book was one of Smiths most popular works, and went through dozens of editions and reprints during his lifetime (his sermons in general had gone through eighty-five editions by 1620). Gods Arrow focuses on utterly destroying paganism, Islam and Roman Catholicism, with an exhortation to unite Christ’s church in the truth rather than divide it.” [-McMahon, editor, preface to Gods Arrow Against Atheists, 2012]. “His (Smith) preaching brought him such fame that he was known as ‘silver-tongued-Smith’... In Gods Arrow Against Atheists he not only attacks Muslims but other opponents of the Christianity of the Church of England, from atheists, infidels throughout the world, and Roman Catholics, to Brownists and Barrowists. His conclusion is that ‘the Church of England is the true Church of God from which it is utterly unlawfull to make a separation.” [- Pailin, Attitudes to Other Religions, 1984].
STC 22725 mentions that editions of STC 22737 and 22667 are called for in the table of contents of “The Sermons of Master Henry Smith” (1604). Because different publishers held the copyright of each book, editions were not often printed simultaneously. Therefore (like our edition), each book is treated as a separate entity. DP20232 $850.00
The History and Fate of Sacrilege, Discover’d by Examples of Scripturte, of Heathens, and of Christians; From the beginning of the World continually to this Day. London: John Hartley, 1698. First edition, first print. 8vo. A4, B-T8, U2. , 292p. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked with title in gilt on spine, newer endpapers. Boards rubbed, first leaves and last leaves reinforced along inner margins, ex-library stamp on front free endpaper, title page repaired along inner and upper margins, no affect, few pencil notations, small edge tears, minor paper loss in upper margin of leaf A3, no affect, minor ding hole in the upper outer corner of last few leaves, no affect, foxing throughout, otherwise in overall good condition. Bookplate on front pastedown “S:S Aeterna Non Caduca”. "Spelman was deeply interested in ecclesiastical history and was a zealous defender of the Church's rights. In addition to works defending historically the Church's right to tithes, he produced a remarkable History and Fate of Sacrilege (first printed in 1698), which detailed the suffering that had befallen those who acquired church property as a result of the Reformation." [- Woolf, Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing]. A reissue was printed in the same year (ESTC:R232843) with title page cancelled. Our copy is thus, the true first edition. ESTC: R16984. Wing S4927. Religion. Sacrilege. Bible. Heathens. Christianity. DP20193 $250.00
Scott, Sir Walter.
Old Mortality. Waverly Novels. Volume 5. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1886. 8vo. 452p. Publishers quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title to spine, very minor shelf wear, else a near fine copy. Literature. Scotland. DP20182 $40.00
Stock, Christian. Fischer, Johann Fridereich, ed.
Clavis Linguae Sanctae Veteris Testamenti Vocabulorum Significationes Tum Generales Tum Speciales Ordine concinno Exhibens Tam Tironum Quam Homiletices Et Exegeseos Cultorum Studiis Aprime Inserviens Ac Subinde Concordantiarum Vicem Supplens Cui Accedit Breve Dictionarium Chaldaeotal Mudicorabbinicum Sextum Edita Cura Joh. Frider. Fischeri. Leipzig: Weidman, 1753. 8vo. *8, A-4V8. , 1414, p. Contemporary calf, banded, red label with gilt lettering on spine, gilt floral decorations. Hinges started, wear to edges, minor peeling to back board. Light browning, per usual, else a very good copy. Engraved frontispiece of Stock. Stock was a celebrated scholar and orientalist born at Camburg in 1672. He became a professor at Jena in 1717 and died in 1733. "...the principal merit of Gousset and his follower, of whom the principal is Chr. Stock, consists in the attention they paid to the usus loquendi of Scripture..." [-Kitto, Cyclopediae of Biblical Literature,255].
Ersch, Philologischen 24. Clarke/Harwood 123 (732 ed.)Orme, Bibl. Biblica 421 "this is the best edition." Hebrew. Judaica. Bible. Theology. Linguistics.
Observations On Monsieur de Sorbier’s Voyage Into England. Savoy: John Martyn and James Allestry, 1668. Second edition. Scarce. 12mo. A-L12 [lacks one blank at end, text complete]. , 256p. Contemporary calf, gilt rules at edges, rebacked, gilt title label on spine, hinges started.. Small stain at inner margin of title, few leaves trimmed close at top, no affect, few minor foxing spots, else a fine copy. Sprat, Thomas (bap. 1635, d. 1713), bishop of Rochester. "The council's [Royal Society]interventions were a response to Samuel Sorbière's Relation d'un voyage en Angleterre (May 1664). While generally complimentary to the Royal Society (of which he was a fellow), Sorbière criticized certain English institutions and implicitly challenged England's leadership in natural philosophy. Charles II forbade the Royal Society to answer the Relation. None the less, conscious that a failure to reply might jeopardize the society's prestige and support, Sprat set aside the History to write the very critical and unfair Observations on Monsieur de Sorbier's ‘Voyage into England’ (1665), addressed as a letter to Christopher Wren. Sprat twisted Sorbière's comments to permit a more vehement defence. He challenged Sorbière's sketch of Hobbes and Bacon, emphasizing the differences between dogmatism and experimentalism, while privileging the society's Baconian methods." [-ODNB]. ESTC: R16773. Wing S5046.
Exploration. Travel. History. England. DP20161 $600.00
Sallustius Gaius Crispus.
C. Sallustius Crispus cum veterum Historicorum fragmentis. [With contemporary erotic ink drawing]. Amsterdam: Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1634. 12mo. *8, A-O12, P4. , 310, p. Full old vellum, title on spine in manuscript. Blue speckled edges. Few minor stains, first blank started. Bookplate on front pastedown. Ink drawings, old hand, on rear pastedown and verso of final blank; notations, in old hand, on verso of final three blanks. A very nice copy. Engraved t.p., coin portrait of Sallust faces A1. Engraved initials, head and tail pieces. Interesting contemporary original ink drawing at end, perhaps as a sample cut, in Dutch-Greek, of an erotic and humorous nature. Should be looked further into. Sallust histories, regarding the Catalinian conspiracy and the Jurgurthine War, are important sources for the last days of the Republic. They create a style for Roman historiography, based upon Thucydides and Cato the Elder, and bore considerable influence upon Tacitus.
Classics. Greek. Republic. Roman history. DP20166 $500.00
Saint Germain [Pierre de LaVergne de Tressan].
Examen General De Tous Les E’Tats Et Conditions, Et Des Pechez Que L’on Y Peut Commettre. Tire de l’Ecriture, des Conciles, des Peres,et des Ordonnances de nos Roys. Pour servir d’instruction aux P’enitens & aux Confesseurs, qui veulent travailler serieusement au salut des Ames. Paris: Guillaume Desprez: 1670. First Edition. Very rare. 8vo. a8, e1, A-2G 8&4 alternating, 2F4. , 343, p. Contemporary calf, floral gilt and title to spine, chipping at head of spine, minor worming on front board, edges speckled red. Minor foxing, else a very nice copy. All states and conditions of sins we can commit, drawn from scripture, councils, father, and ordinances of kings, divided by professions. We have found no auction or sales records for this edition. Rare. OCLC 478694925 (only 1 copy, Denmark).
Sins. Religion. Theology. DP20157 $400.00
Torreblanca, Villapando, Francisco.
Epitome delictorum, sive de magia: in qua aperta vel occulta invocatio daemonis intervenit... Lyon: Jean Anton Hugetan, 1678. Rare. 4to. a4,A-4D4, [vowels], a4-3e4,3i2. ,576, pp. Contemporary calf, spine banded, extra gilt, expertly rebacked using old spine; edges speckled; archival support to lower margin of t.p., lower corner of last leaf restored (no text affected), minor foxing, few leaves with minor edge worming, no affect. Torreblanca (d.1645), a jurist of Cordova, first published his work on demonology and Magic in 1618. "The work is divided into four books devoted to divining magic, operative magic, and its punishment in the forum exterior and juridical, and in the interior tribunal of the soul and confessional....Magic is defined after Proclus and Psellus as an exacter knowledge of secret things in which, by observing the course and influence of the stars and the sympathies and antipathies of particular things, they are applied to one anothe at the proper time and place and in the proper manner, so that marvels are worked...Torreblanca turns to diabolical magic and the extent of the powers of the devil to make it possible...Torreblanca has jumbled together natural and diabolical magic almost inextricably, but his remaining chapters are on witchcraft, with the two last on natural and divine remedies against it..." [-Thorndike]. Caillet 10764. Graesse, Magica, 53. Palau 334.827. Cornell, Witchcraft, 550. Robbins 1026. Coumont T33.3.
Occult. Magic. Demonology. Witchcraft. Sorcery. Law. DP20134 $1750.00
Schowart, Anton Wilhelm. Charles Blount, trans.
Observations Historical and Genealogical: In Which The Originals of the Emperor, Kings, Electors, And other the Soverign Princes of Europe. With A Series of their Births, Matches, more Remarkable Actions, and Deaths, As Also The Augmentations, Decreasings, and Pretences of each Family, are drawn down to the Year MDCXC. London: J. Walthoe, 1693. First English Edition. 8vo. A-2H8. , 480, p. Old calf, worn, title on spine label, hinges started. Schowart was professor of history at Frankfurt. The translator takes time to mention an error overlooked by the licenser, Edmund Bohun. There was no love lost between these two men. Blount having laid a trap for Bohun with the licensing of a pamphlet that caused Bohun's fall from grace. Wing S892. ESTC: R12594. History. Genealogy. Royalty. DP20127 $250.00
Someren, Johan van.
Herstelde Oudtheyt, Ofte Beschriivinge van Batavia, Wesende een Gedeelte van't Hertoghdom Gelre Ende Graafschap Hollandt. Niemegen: Andries van Hoogenhuysen, 1657. First Edition. Rare. 4to. *-2*4, 3*2, A-3F4, 3G2. ,399,pp. Old vellum, blind rule, ms. title on spine, yapp fore-edge.Someren (1622-1676) is described as a pensioner of the city of Nimegen, he authored a work on Julius Caesar as well as this history of "Batavia." History. Holland. Netherlands. Batavia. DP20119 $300.00
Stevens, George Alexander. A Lecture on Heads,..to which is added, An Essay on Satire. With Forty-Seven Heads by Nesbit, From Designs by Thurston. London: W. Wilson, 1806. 8vo. xi, , 113, , 24p. Contemporary binding, gilted edges, worn, rubbed and cracked. Spine with leather loss, boards still holding tight. Title page with old owner’s sig. Some light foxing and a few pencil notes. Fronstipiece and multiple text cuts. “An illustrated edition of Stevens’ satirical monologue, the most popular British one-man show of the 18th century. Stevens made his fortune with this series of characterisations upon the follies of the day” [-DNB]. Characters. Satire. Humor. DP20110 $100.00
[The Great Exemplar] The First Part of The History of The Life and Death of the Holy Iesus. Beginning At the Annuntiation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, until his Baptism and Temptation, Inclusively. With Consideration and Discourses upon the several parts of the Story, and Prayers fitted to the several Mysteries. [with] The Second Part of The History of THe Life and Death of the Holy Iesus. Begining At the time of his first Miracle, untill the second Yeare of His Preaching. With Considerations and Discourses uon teh severall parts of teh story, and Prayers fitted to the severall Mysteries [with] The Third Part of THe History fo The Life and Death of the Holy Iesus. Beginning At the second yeer of his Preaching untill his Ascension. With Considerations and Discourses upon the severall parts of the Story, and Prayers fitted to the severall Mysteries. London: R.N., 1649. First Edition. Rare. 8vo. 3 parts in 1. [π1], a-e4, [-A1]A2-8, B-K8, L4; π2, 2A-2K8, 2L4; ¶2, 3A-3L8, 3M-3O4. , 3-166, ; , 168; , 182, p. Contemporary calf, rebacked, blind tooled ruling and panelling, corners worn. Banded spine, black leather label with title in gilt lettering. Light browning and foxing, occasional dampstain. Marginal notes in lead pencil. Repair to L2, no affect. Very minor wormholes in lower left corners of a1-d4, but never effecting text. Lacks general t.p., otherwise text complete. Taylor (1613-67), Bishop of Down, was an anglican chaplain to Charles I. A supporter of Laud, he treated both Presbyterians and Catholics with some severity; today he is noted largely for his devotional writings. Wing T342. ESTC:R236314. Wither to Prior III,117. Religion. Jesus Christ. Philosophy. Theology. DP20115 $400.00
Schroer [Schroerer, Schörer], Jacob Samuel Elias Friedrich Schmersahl & Christian Thomasius.
Wohlgemeintes Bedenken über des Thomasii redivivi oder herren M. Eliä Friederich Schmersahls... Erster und Zwenyter Stück der sogen. natürlichen Erklärung der Geschichte Sauls mit der Betriegerin zu Endor.I B. Sam. XXVIII. [Manuscript]. [Wittenberg:] Germany: [Johann Tzschiedrich,] [1753.] c1890. 8vo. 71, [9 blank]p. Late 19thc. 1/2 vellum over German marbled paper, title in ms. on spine, underlines in red pencil; stamp of "Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, Institut fur deutsche Volkskunde." From the Adolf Spamer Collection. Maunuscript copy of a printed work in black ink in a clear German hand on fine paper. Jacob Samuel Schroeers (1691-?)was a preacher in Wildhayn and Mucherehna in Torgau. Elias Friedrich Schmersahl,1719-1775, was an important Lutheran theologian and literary historian. This work is a reply to Christian Thomasius (1655-1728) who denied, after some study, the idea of a personal devil. He denied the possibility of a pact with the devil though, under pressure, he admitted the possibility of the existence of witchcraft. Adolf Spamer, 1883-1953, important German folklorist. His works on mysticism and folklore are essential readings for modern scholarship. He international reputation was of the first rank of scholars and his extensive library was given to the [former] Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, at the Institut fur deutsche Volkskunde. This manuscript was part of that gift and has been deaquisitioned by the Institute. In a clear late 19th c. German hand from an unidentified scholar. Sadly someone has removed the owner/scribe's name from the front end-paper. Occult. Witchcraft. Bible. Religion. Theology. Witch of Endor. Manuscript. DP20079 $300.00
Titus Didacus Placidus de. John Cooper, trans. & comm.
Primium Mobile, With Theses To The Theory. And Canons For Practice; wherein is demonstrated, From Astronomical And Philosophical Principles, The Nature And Extent Of Celestial Influx Upon The Mental Faculties and orporeal Affections of Man....[Corrected copy with additions in hand]. London: David & Dickson, [c.1815]. First Cooper Edition. 8vo. xv, 462p. Half calf over boards, title label in gilt on spine, edges rubbed, head of spine slightly worn. Small hole to iii, one letter in text affected. Index in manuscript. Numerous notes and corrections in pencil, “not for sale” in pencil on title (Cooper or publishers copy?) With frontispiece and astrological charts in text. Placido Titi (d.1668) of Perugia, monk of the Olivet Congregation, was one of the last staunch advocates of astrology. "Placido held that the heavens acted upon the earth only by their light, thus abandoning any occult influence. If there were other stars in the sky than those we see, they do not act on us. As for the tides, however, he holds that the sun and moon do not draw the waters of the sea as a magnet attracts iron, but cause the tides by rarefaction and condensation." [-Thorndike]. Gardenr, Astrologica, 1227. Cantamessa 4507. Occult. Astrology. Astronomy. Science. DP20058 $250.00
Titus, Didacus Placidus de. John Cooper, trans. & comm.
Primum Mobile, With Theses to the Theory and Canons For Practice; wherein is demonstrated, From Astronomical And Philosophical Principles, The nature And Extant Of Celestial Influx Upon The Mental Faculties and Corporeal Afections of Man... London: David & Dickson, [c.1815]. First Cooper Edition. 8vo. A-3N4, 3O4. xvi, 462p. Morooco backed marbled boards, no title label, some foxing, and light browning, t.p. soiled and partly adhered to f.f.e.p., inner hinge slightly open. Astrological charts in text, lacks frontispiece. Placido Titi (d.1668) of Perugia, monk of the Olivet Congregation, was one of the last staunch advocates of astrology. "Placido held that the heavens acted upon the earth only by their light, thus abandoning any occult influence. If there were other stars in the sky than those we see, they do not act on us. As for the tides, however, he holds that the sun and moon do not draw the waters of the sea as a magnet attracts iron, but cause the tides by rarefaction and condensation." [-Thorndike]. Gardner, Astrologica, 1227. Cantamessa 4507. Occult. Astrology. Astronomy. Science. DP20057 $150.00
Histoire des Progrès de l'Espirit Humain dans les Sciences et dans les Arts qui en Dépendent. Histoire Naturelle, Savoir: L'Uranologie. La Géologie & La Minéralogie. La Lithologie. L'Hydrologie. La Botanique. L'Antropologie. La Quadrupédologie. L'Ornithologie. L'Insetéologie. L'Icthyologie. La Conchyologie. Paris: Chez Humblot, 1778. 8vo. a6, A-2K8, 2L7, 2M2. Complete. xii, 542, p. 1/4 modern calf, marbled boards, corners worn. Black morocco label on spine, with title in gilt lettering. Marbled edges and endpapers. Light browning and foxing. Bookplate of Charles Atoowd Kofoid (1865-1947), on front pastedown. Text in French. Saverien (1720-1805)mathematician, marine engineer, philosopher and historian. This is a volume of Saverien's survey of human thought (eventually four volumes). Each volume deals with a branch of human knowlege, in this case, natural history and science, and each volume stands as a separate work in its own right. Charles Atwood Kofoid (bookplate), leader in protosoology and limnology, developer of what came to be known as the Kofoid Bucket, a device used to collect planktonic samples. He was a leading member of the faculty at Berkeley, a graduate of Harvard and author to many books. OCLC: 8147008.
Natural History. Science. Zoology. Plankton. DP20042 $200.00
Thomas A'Kempis P. de Gonnelieu, ed.
Thomae a Kempis LIbri Quatuor de Imitatione Christi, Additâ cuique Capitulo Exercitatione Spirituali, & Precatione; Quam Gallico primum sermone tractavit R.P.de Gonnelieu è Societate Jesu; Deinde plurium bono Alius ejusdem Societatis Sacerdos Germanicè reddidit; Nunc Ex Germanico sermone in Latinum traduxit Alius ex eâdem Societate Sacerdos. Cologne: Servatius Noethen, 1724. 12mo. †-2†12,A-2B12. , 1-594, . Full decorated vellum, banded, clasps (2) missing. Some worm damage on spine. Browning. Rust holes [from clasps] to outer margins of first and last few leaves, no loss of text, touches border of frontis, but no affect. Bookplate Mater Dolorosa. Edges red. Engraved frontispiece. Bookplate with portrait of Mary on front paste-down endpaper. Thomas à Kempis, Author of the "Imitation of Christ", born at Kempen in the Diocese of Cologne, in 1379 or 1380; died 25 July, 1471. The "Imitaiton of Christ is "a work of spiritual devotion, also sometimes called the "Following of Christ". Its purpose is to instruct the soul in Christian perfection with Christ as the Divine Model. It consists of a series of counsels of perfection written in Latin in a familiar and even colloquial style, and is divided into four parts or books: 1. Useful admonitions for a spiritual life, 2. Admonitions concerning spiritual things; 3. Of interior consolation; 4. Of the Blessed Sacrament. "With the exception of the Bible, it is perhaps the most widely read spiritual book in the world. " [-Catholic Ency]. Backer, A'Kempis, 340 Religion. Christ. Bible. Theology. DP20030 $200.00
[Greek Title: Theologia Eclectica] A Discourse Of The Liberty Of Prophesying. Shewing The Unreasonableness of prescribing to other Mens Faith, and the Iniquity of Persecuting Differing Opinions. London: Assigns of Luke Meredith, 1702. Second edition. 8vo. A8,a-b8,B-Z8, 2A4. ,l,,360p. Modern antique paneled calf, new endpapers, A4 with minor corner tear, no affect, few pencil marks, else a fine copy. Clean and crisp. "As a thinker he must be estimated by his ‘Liberty of Prophesying,’ better described by its first title, ‘Theologia Eclectica;’ important, not as being the first or the fullest statement of the principles of toleration, but as the most fruitful in its effects upon the English mind. The breadth of the treatise is more apparent than real. Its range is narrowed by the fact that the common profession of Christianity is assumed throughout. In matters of Christian religion, ‘reason is the judge;’ all other authorities can but present evidence, of which reason must determine the force. On questions of speculative opinion there is room for variety of judgment, nor can any man be certain that his judgment is better than another's; ‘probability is our guide,’ amounting at most to a reasonable confidence. Hence it is wrong to molest any for erroneous judgment; no one who ‘lives a good life’ is a heretic....Warwick says that Charles I did not like the ‘Liberty of Prophesying’ (Memoires, 1701, p. 301). Michael Lort, D.D., in a letter to Bishop Percy (Nichols, Illustrations, vii. 464), tells the tale that Taylor sent over Lewis, his chaplain, to buy up all the copies he could find, which were burned at Dromore, after a day of fasting and prayer. If the story is true, Taylor's later advance in sacramental doctrine may have dissatisfied him with the curiously impartial section (xviii.) in which he argues for and against infant baptism, and ends with the dictum that ‘there is much more truth than evidence on our side.’" [-DNB]. Lowndes 2585. ESTC t147157. Religion. Theology. Prophecy. Occult.Toleration. Liberty. Philosophy. DP20034 $400.00
Strong, Peter R.
Awful! And Other Jingles. New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1871. 8vo. viii, 148p. Publishers red cloth with title in gilt on cover and spine, very minor wear at spine ends. Second free endpaper with very small clean tear to outer margin, no affect. Extra engraved title with a vignette illustrating a child shooting an angel with a rifle. Contains “In Memoriam Charles Dickens” written the day of Dickens’ death. An excellent copy of a scarce book.
Poetry. Poems. Humor. Charles Dickens. DP20001 $70.00
Steele, Sir Richard.
The Funeral And The Tender Husband: Comedies. London: for J[acob]T[onson], 1712. [bound with] The Lying Lover: Or, The Ladies Friendship. A Comedy. Second Edition. London: for Bernard Lintott, 1712. [London:] [Jacob Tonson,] 1712. 12mo. 2 vols in 1. ,81,,, 98-160,;,80,p. Modern calf-backed marbled boards,spine banded, title label, some minor toning a few minor rust marks, otherwise a nice copy. Combining the three plays, this copy predates the first collected works (Dramatick Works of Sir Richard Steele) by eleven years (London: 1723). Steele, (bap. 1672, d. 1729), writer and politician. "The Funeral was published by Jacob Tonson in December (with the date 1702 on the title-page), to coincide with the opening of the comedy at the Drury Lane Theatre in that month... With incidental music by Daniel Purcell, The Funeral had ‘more than expected Success’ (Cibber, 153). Years later Steele looked back on his triumphant début: ‘Nothing can make the Town so fond of a Man as a successful Play’ (Steele, Apology, in Tracts, 339). The play, with its patriotic motifs, apparently attracted the favourable attention of the king himself...Steele was also writing another play, according to plausible local tradition working on it at the Queen's Arms in Harwich. The Lying Lover, produced at Drury Lane in December 1703, ran for only six performances, producing two benefit nights for the author but little else. Steele's dedication of the printed play, published by Bernard Lintott, was to the second duke of Ormond, then raising a new regiment of dragoons. The dedication secured him no appointment. ... Steele was back in London to stay in the spring of 1705, witnessing the production of his third play and preparing to marry for the first time. The Tender Husband, a comedy, had a brief initial run, and only one author's benefit performance in April 1705. It returned to Drury Lane for performances later in the year and remained a staple of the London stage repertory for many decades, without remuneration for the author. It is significant that Steele did not have another new play produced until many years later when he was a partner in the Drury Lane management and thus able to reap rewards both as author and as manager." [-ODNB]
ESTC T9516 & T9517. Drama. Plays. Theater. English literature. DP20008 $200.00
Stark, Johann Friederich.
Tagliches Hand-Buch in guten und bosen Tagen, das ist: 1. Für Gefunde, 2. Für Betrbre, 3. Für Krancke, 4. Für Sterbende. Wie auch Sprüche, Seufzer, und Gebete, ben Sterbenden fürzusprechen Nebst den Fest-Undachten...[with] Tägliches Gebet-Büchlein, Das ist Aufmunterung, Gebete und Gesänge für Schwangere, Gebährende und Sechswöchnerinnen, Morgen- und Abend-Gebete, Trost- und Erquickunge-Andachten, samt Gesängen... Stuttgart: Johann Christoph Betulius, 1766-7. 8vo. 2 pts in 1 vol. , 656, , 130, p. Contemp full cross-hatched calf, spine worn at hinges on bottom, browning, some finger soiling to edges of few leaves. First title page with some dampstains and soiling. First title page in red and black (second title in black ink), 4 Full page engravings of religious subjects, decorative elements. Stark (1680-1756) career was marked by a mild, practical Pietism and for over thirty years he taught in private devotional meetings in Frankfurt. "He exerted a far reaching influence by his numerous devotional writings. His principal work, which made him a household name in all Evangelical Germany, is Tägliches Handbuch..." [-Schaff-Herzog]. Goedeke IV,219:20,1. Religion. Theology. Germany. DP20014 $150.00