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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].
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The FIRST Black-Letter Quarto KING JAMES Bible
Bible.   English. 1613. Authorized (i.e., “King James Version”).  The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament, and the New. London: Robert Barker, 1613 [colophon, 1614]. 4to. [512] ff. (two leaves supplied from another copy). [with] Herrey, Robert F. Two right profitable and fruitfull concordances, or large and ample tables alphabeticall. London: Robert Barker, 1613. 4to. [82] ff. [also with] Church of England. Book of Common Prayer. 1613. The booke of common prayer, with the psalter or psalmes of David. London: Robert Barker, 1613. 4to. [3 of 4], [40] ff. (title-leaf in facsimile). [also with] Speed, John. The genealogies recorded in the Sacred Scriptures according to every family and tribe. With the line of Our Savior Jesus Christ observed from Adam to the Blessed Virgin Mary. [London: J. Beale, 1613?]. 4to. [1] f., 34 pp., [2] ff. [also with] Bible. O.T. Psalms. 1615. Sternhold & Hopkins. The whole booke of Psalmes. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1615. 4to. [5] ff., [86 of 90] pp., [5 of 6] ff. (lacks pp. 85–88, and last leaf [i.e., G8]).
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The Notorious Wertheim Bible
Bible.  O.T. Pentateuch. German. 1735. Schmidt.  Die göttlichen Schriften vor den Zeiten des Messie Jesus. Der erste Theil worinnen die Gesetze der Israelen enthalten sind nach einer freyen Ubersetzung welche durch und durch mit Anmerkungen erläutert und bestätiget wird. Wertheim: Johann Georg Nehr, 1735. 4to (21.8 cm, 8.55"). 48, [2], 469, [3], [475]–1040, [2] pp.
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An Ambitious Printing Project by aYoung Ambitious Printer
Bible.   German. 1819. Luther.  Biblia, das ist: Die ganze Heilige Schrift Alten und Neuen Testaments nach der deutschen Uebersetzung von Doctor Martin Luther. Lancaster, Pa.: Johann Bär, 1819. Folio (39.5 cm, 15.5"). Frontis., [5] ff., 100, 12 pp., [2] ff., 738, 26 pp.; [2 (blank)] ff.; 227, [1], 92 pp. Lacks plate before the N.T.
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The First Complete Printed English BibleTranslation by COVERDALE / Printing by BAGSTER
Bible.  English. Coverdale. 1838.  The Holy Scriptures of the Olde and Newe Testamente, with the Apocrypha, faithfully and truly translated in to Englishe. London: Samuel Bagster (pr. by J. Rider), 1838. 4to (27.6 cm, 10.8"). Frontis., engr. t.-p., iv, [16], dcccxvi, clxxxvii, [1], cclxvi, [2 (adv.)] pp.
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The First Production of This Press
Bible.  O.T. Ruth. English. Authorized (i.e., “King James verion”). 1934. The Book of Ruth. London: Printed for the Reed Pale Press by the De La More Press, 1934. Small 4to. [1] f., xvi pp., [1] f.
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The Highlights of German Romanticism for1806
Brentano, Sophie Mereau, et al.  Taschenbuch für das Jahr 1806. Der Liebe und Freundlischaft gewidmet. Frankfurt am Mayn: Friedrich Wilmans [colophon: Braunschweig, gedruckt bei Friedrich Bieweg], 1806. 16mo (12.1 cm, 4.75"). [20], 264 pp.; 9 plts.
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One of theGreat EARLY Chaucerian Collections
Chaucer, Geoffrey.  The workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with diuers addicions, whiche were neuer in print before: with the siege and destruccion of the worthy citee of Thebes, compiled by Ihon Lidgate, Monke of Berie... [London: Pr. by Jhon [sic] Kyngston for Jhon [sic] Wight, 1561]. Folio (33.7 cm, 13.25"). [4], CCCLXVII ff. (lacking 6 prelim. ff., incl. t.-p., and “General Prologue”; pagination erratic; CCCLXXVIII lacking but supplied in facsimile).
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Folk-Style German Painted Binding
Demme, Christoph Hermann Gottfried, ed.  Altenburgisches Gesangbuch nebst Gebeten. Altenburg: Herzogl. Sächs. Hofbuchbruderen, 1825. 8vo (17.4 cm, 6.8"). [2], [v]/vi, 417, [1] pp. [with] Bible. O.T. Psalms. German. Des Königs und Propheten Davids Psalter. Verdeutscht durch Dr. Martin Luther. [Jena: Mauke, 1830?]. 8vo. 84 pp. [and] Episteln und Evangelia, wie solche auf alle Sonn-, Fest- und Feiertage durchs ganze Jahr pflegen gelesen zu werden. [Altenburg: Herzogl. Sächs. Hofbuchdr, 1829]. 8vo. 56 pp.
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And Be It Further Enacted,” & Provided Always, That” . . .
Great Britain.  Laws, statutes, etc.  A collection of the several statutes and parts of statutes now in force, relating toHigh treason, and misprision of high treason. London: Pr. by Charles Bill, & the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1709. 12mo (15.5 cm; 6.125"). 113, [1] pp., [7] ff.; 44 pp., [2] ff.
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Sutton's Hospital inCharterhouse
    & The FamousCharterhouse School
Herne, Samuel.   Domus carthusiana: Or an account of the most noble foundation of the charter-house near Smithfield in London. Both before and since the Reformation. London: Pr. by T.R. for Richard Marriott & Henry Brome, 1677. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.2"). Frontis., [46], 287, [1] pp.; 2 plts.
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No More Betting the Estate on theOutcome of a Tennis Match
Ireland.  Laws, statutes, etc.  Acts and statutes made in a Parliament begun at Dublin the twenty first day of September, anno Dom. 1703. In the second year of the reign of ... Queen Anne ... and continued ... to the twenty third of June, 1707 ... And further continued ... until the twelth [sic] of July, 1711, being the sixth session of this present Parliament. Dublin: Printed by Andrew Crooke, 1711. Folio (29 cm; 11.5"). [4], 8, [2], 9–16, [2], 17–20, [2], 2–28, [2], 29–38, [1], 39–41, [2], 42–45, [2], 45–54 [i.e., 53], [1 (blank)] pp.
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Stark Naked, & Carrying a Fiddle”
Leslie, Charles.  The snake in the grass: or, Satan transform'd into an angel of light. Discovering the deep and unsuspected subtilty which is couched under the pretended simplicity of many of the principal leaders of those people call'd Quakers. London: printed for Charles Brome, 1696. 8vo (16.5 cm; 6.5"). [6], cccxlii [i.e. ccclii], 271, [1] pp.
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One of Luther's Favorite Texts, with His CommentaryEnglish Black Letter, 1616
Luther, Martin.  A commentarie of ... Martin Luther upon the epistle of S. Paul to the Galathians. London: Richard Field,, 1616. Small 4to (18 cm; 7"). [4], 296 ff.
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The First Corpus Doctrinae16th-Century Binding Date on Front Cover
Melanchthon, Philipp.  Corpus doctrinae christianae. Quae est summa orthodoxi et catholici dogmatis ... Nunc edita ad usum ecclesiae sanctae publicum et privatum. Lipsiae: Cum privilegio Pr. Aug. Elect. D. Sax. (pr. by Iohannes Rhamba), 1572. 8vo (20 cm, 7.8"). [22], 888 pp.
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Kelmscott MedievalismBeautiful Signed Binding
Morris, William.  The tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane. [colophon: Hammersmith: Pr. by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1893]. 12mo (15 cm, 5.9"). [4], 96, [2] pp.
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Inconstancy of ApostasyMultiple Metamorphoses
Nicholls [a.k.a., Niccols, Nicols], John.  A declaration of the recantation of Iohn Nichols (for the space almoste of two yeeres the Popes scholer in the Englishe seminarie or college at Rome) which desireth to be reconciled, and receiued as a member into the true Church of Christ in England ... London: Imprinted by Christopher Barker, 1581. Small 8vo (14.5 cm; 5.75"). [98] ff.
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Christian Spiritual Conversation: A Mennonite Catechism
Roosen, Gerhard.  Christliches gemüths-gespräch von dem geistlichen und seligmachenden glauben, und erkäntniss der wahrheit, so zu der gottseligkeit führet in der hoffnung des ewigen lebens, Tit. I, v. I.: in Frag und Antwort für die ankommende Jugend ... Germantaun [Pa.]: Gedruckt bey Michael Billmeyer, 1790. 12mo (13.8 cm, 5.4"). 241, [1] pp.
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History of the Church Emphasis on BOOKS!
Schelhorn, Johann Georg.  Ergötzlichkeiten aus der kirchenhistorie und literatur. Ulm und Leipzig: Rosten der Bartholomäischen Handlung, 1762. 8vo (17.6 cm; 7"). I: [10], 185, [6], 188–374, [5], 380–566, [3], 572–746, [17] pp. II: [6], 188, [5], 194–380, [5], 386–567, [6], 578 –764, [14] pp. III: [7], 766–952, [5], 954–1139, [6], 1142–2128, [5], 2130–2282, [16] pp.
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Early American Edition: German Reformed Hymnal
Tersteegen, Gerhardt.  Geistliches Blumen-Gärtlein inniger Seelen; oder Kurze Schluss-Reimen, Betrachtungen und Lieder, ueber allerhand Wahrheiten des inwendigen Christenthums; zur Erweckung, Stärkung und Erquickung in dem verborgenen Leben mit Christo in Gott; nebst der Frommen Lotterie. Germantaun: Gedruckt und zu finden bey Peter Leibert, 1791. 12mo (14 cm, 5.5"). [12], 126, [20], 127–534, [8] pp. (pagination erratic, several pages out of order).
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Classic Illustrated GermanBOTANICAL GUIDESome Early Hand-Coloring
Theodorus, Jacobus, called Tabernaemontanus.  Neu vollkommen Kräuter-Buch: Darinnen uber 3000 Kräuter, mit schönen und kunstlichen Figuren, auch deren Underscheid und Würckung samt ihren Namen in mancherley Sprachen beschrieben: dessgleichen auch wie dieselbige in allerhand Kranckheiten beyde der Menschen und des Viehs, sollen angewendet und gebraucht werden angezeigt wird. Basel: Johann Ludwig König, 1731. Folio (38.4 cm, 15.1"). 3 vols. in 1. [12], 663, [5], 665–1529, [97 (index)] pp.; illus.
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One of Peter Martyr'sThree Great Old Testament Commentaries
Vermigli, Pietro Martire [Peter Martyr].  [Most fruitfull and learned commentaries of Doctor Peter Martir Vermil Florentine]. [London: John Day, 1564]. Folio (31 cm, 12.25"). 288 ff. (6 prelim. ff. {incl. t.-p.} & 8 final lacking).
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