London : Macmillan & Co., 1913 – 1922 – 1924. Three volumes, all first edition, original green cloth boards (rubbed, vols. 2 and 3 lightly marked, vol. 3 with some discolouration), spines lettered in gilt, xvi, 495 pp; ix, 447 pp; ix, 326 pp; volume I ‘The Belief among the Aborigines of Australia, The Torres …
Illustrations by Mary P. Harris. Adelaide : Rigby, c. 1941. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with silver detail (sunned), stringbound, presentation inscription to front blank, pp. 12, illustrated. Children’s book based on the nativity. Muir 6750
NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with contemporary inscription in pencil (in error) ‘Independent Ch. Collins Street’; no photographer’s imprint; a strong albumen print with good tonal range, the mount with a tiny amount of foxing but in very good condition. This view, taken from opposite St. Michael’s Church (not …
BAEDEKER, Karl (editor)
[BAEDEKER] Palestine and Syria with the chief routes through Mesopotamia and Babylonia : handbook for travelers
Leipzig : Karl Baedeker ; London : Dulau and Co., 1906. Fourth edition, remodelled and augmented. Small octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt; front pastedown and endpaper with publisher’s advertisements; title page with original Welsh owner’s inscription and publisher’s slip, warning that ‘The excessive zeal of the Turkish censorship sometimes even extends to …
GREY, Sir George
Polynesian mythology, and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race, as furnished by their priests and chiefs.
London : John Murray, 1855. Octavo, gilt-illustrated cloth (spine lightly sunned, a couple of small stains), engraved title page and frontispiece (foxed), pp. xiii; ; 333; (3 – advertisements), engraved plates, occasional scattered foxing. Maori myths and legends recorded by the former governor of New Zealand.
URSINUS, Zacharias (1534 - 1583)
Schat-Boeck der Verklaringen over den Nederlandtschen Catechismus, Uyt de Latijnsche Lessen van Dr. Zacharias Ursinus, Op-gemaeckt van Dr. David Pareus, Vertaelt, ende met Tafelen, &c. verlicht, door Dr. Festus Hommius. Nu van nieuws oversien, ende nevens het stellen der Schriftuer-plaetsen na de Publijcke Oversettinge, verrijckt met Toe-eygeninge, Item met Schriftmatige Harmonie der Nederlandtsche Geloofs-Formulieren, als …
NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘W.J. Norman, Wholesale and Retail Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturer, 94 & 170 Elizabeth Street Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Mr. Henderson’s Ch.’; no photographer’s imprint; a strong albumen print with good tonal range, the mount with a tiny …
AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION
Philadelphia : American Sunday-School Union, [c.1850]. Duodecimo (110 x 70 mm), woodcut illustration to upper wrapper; 32 pp; lower wrapper with publisher’s advertisements; corners dog-eared, paper tear at tail of spine, small toning spot at fore-edge of several leaves, otherwise internally clean and sound.
AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION
Philadelphia : American Sunday-School Union, 146 Chestnut Street, [c.1850]. Duodecimo (110 x 70 mm), woodcut illustration to upper wrapper; 16 pp, woodcut illustration at head of text; lower wrapper with ‘A Hymn’; wrappers foxed and re-stitched; contents with scattered foxing.
[Chicago] : Svenska Missions-Förbundet till förman för dess mission in Kina [printed by W. Williamson], . Octavo, publisher’s blocked blue cloth boards lettered in gilt, front pastedown with original owner’s label ‘John F. Dahlgren, Slaughter, N. Dak.’, 184 pp, illustrated; text in Swedish; a fine copy. The Covenant Church was founded by Swedish immigrants in Chicago in …
BESANT, Annie; COOPER-OAKLEY, I. (attrib.)
Studies in Theosophy 1. Issued by the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society for free distribution to its members. Madras : printed by Thompson and Co., 1893. Octavo, printed wrappers (dusty, loss to lower panel), pp. ii; 57; , diagrams, light foxing, some finger marks. Madam Blavatcky’s ‘Secret Doctrine’ was first published in 1888 and …
POPE INNOCENT IV (Sinibaldo Fieschi), 1195-1254
Innocent IV, born Sinibaldo Fieschi in 1195, was Pope of the Catholic Church from 1243 until his death in 1254. This bull is addressed to the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean de Réôme (in the village of Moutiers-Saint-Jean, Bourgogne). The document deals with the debts of the monastery and is dated 26 September 1252. Originally the bull would have been sealed …
An early eighteenth century Spanish Graduale Romanum, or Roman Gradual (the second of two volumes), with thick wooden boards and iron fittings, containing music and text for the proprium missal (proper of the mass), including a Peruvian credo and with an index to both volumes at the end arranged mostly alphabetically under five headings for the introits, graduals, …
A highly significant bibliographic treasure, with an association to one of the most important figures in the history of Australian exploration, Captain Matthew Flinders, RN (1774-1814), the navigator and cartographer who led the first circumnavigation of Australia and identified it as a continent. The Holy Bible, adapted to the Use of Schools and private families: Containing all …
TOURNON, Charles-Thomas (Carlo Tommaso) Maillard de (1668-1710); THOMAS, Antoine (1644-1709)
[MANUSCRIPTS] Copy of a report by Cardinal Maillard de Tournon sent from Macau to the Propaganda Fide, 1705; [together with] Supplicatio facta Imperatori, being a copy of a document relating to Tournon’s imprisonment at Macau, by Antoine Thomas and others 
Small quarto, recent marbled papered boards with gilt lettered and decorated morocco label to upper board; front pastedown with ex libris of H.P. Kraus; manuscript in ink on wove paper with anchor watermark; pp [2 blank], [5 Report of Tournon], [4 Supplicatio facta Imperatori], [1 blank]; both documents are written in the same neat secretarial …
Nicetto, Juan Bautista; Fortet, Pierre Paulle (translator)
[MANUSCRIPT] Briefue Relacion de ce qu’il y a de plus remarquable dans la grande Chine, envoyée par le R.R.P.P. Jean Baptiste Nicetto Missionaire Apostolique dans ce grand Empire, & traduitte fort fidelement de l’Espagnol en langue française.
[Mexico, 1708]. Small quarto, old marbled papered boards; ex libris of Florencio Gavito to front pastedown; manuscript in ink in a neat contemporary hand, pp 13; colophon at the foot of the last page: ‘In Mexico, this 20th November 1708. Most faithfully translated by Pierre Paulle Fortet, currently in this city, capital of the Kingdom of New …
CASTORANO, Carolus Horatii a (Carolo Orazi di), 1673-1755
[MANUSCRIPT] Jesus. Maria. Joseph. Grammatica, seu Manuductio ad Linguam Sinicam addiscendam. Absoluto Dictionario Latino-Italo-Sinico quia Deus dignatur mihi concedere adhuc Vitam, et Salutem, necessaria duxi eidem ulterius adjungere seu Grammaticam seu Manuductionem ad Linguam Sinicam facilius addiscondam, ut novi Patus Missionarii in hoc Imperis Sinensi de omnibus sufficienter sint …
An extremely rare and important contemporary copy of an unpublished grammar of the Chinese language by the Franciscan missionary Father Carolus Horatii a Castorano, originally made at Peking in 1732; manuscript in Castorano’s own hand, made at Rome in 1736. [Rome, 1736]. Quarto (260 x 205 mm), original vellum covered boards (stained), spine with original manuscript in black …
MILNE, William (1785-1822)
A retrospect of the first ten years of the Protestant Mission to China, (now, in connection with the Malay, Denominated, the Ultra-Ganges Missions.) Accompanied with Miscellaneous Remarks on the Literature, History, and Mythology of China, &c.
Malacca : Printed at the Anglo-Chinese Press, 1820. Octavo, recent quarter calf over marbled papered boards, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; printed on Chinese paper; pp viii, 376; a fine copy. After Robert Morrison, William Milne was only the second Protestant missionary sent to China by the London Missionary Society. Milne worked in …
MORRISON, John Robert
Memorial of Robert Morrison, D. D. who died on the 1st day of August, 1834 : to which is annexed his last written sermon, entitled “Heaven the believer’s home” (presentation copy from John Robert Morrison to William Charles Milne)
Canton : printed at the Albion Press, for private circulation, 1834. Octavo, modern marbled paper wrappers, stitchbound, in quarter-morocco over cloth clam shell box, spine in compartments with gilt ornamentation and contrasting morocco title labels, pp 31, presentation inscription to title page ‘Wm. C. Milne with J. R. M.’s fraternal regards’. The Anglo-Scottish missionary and …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1848. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp vi, 69; title page and last leaf lightly foxed; numerous contemporary annotations and underlinings in brown ink, presumably made by an early missionary as they show a familiarity with the Chinese language; …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Reply to the essay of Dr. Boone on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton : Press of S. Wells Williams, 1848. Octavo, recent half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 107, 23 [Correspondence on the version of the Chinese New Testament, now carrying forward at Shanghai]; a very good copy. A response by the English Congregationalist missionary and sinologist Walter Henry Medhurst to William Jones Boone’s important …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1850. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 168, [1 errata]; the last few leaves with expert paper repairs (no loss of text); else a good copy. William Jones Boone was Missionary Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the …
SMITH, Bishop George
being a narrative of a mission of inquiry, to the Jewish synagogue at K’ae-Fung-Foo, on behalf of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews : with an introduction, by the Right Revd. George Smith, D.D. Lord Bishop of Victoria. Shanghae : printed at the London Missionary Society’s Press, 1851. Octavo, modern half-calf over …
LEGGE, James (1815-1897)
The notions of the Chinese concerning God and Spirits: with an examination of the defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos, into the Chinese language, by W.J. Boone …
Hongkong : Printed at the “Hongkong Register” Office, 1852. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners worn), spine with its original printed paper title label; hinges cracked; front pastedown with early ownership inscription; pp iv, iii, 166; endpapers and preliminaries lightly foxed, occasional spotting, else a clean copy. A response to William Jones Boone’s Defense …
DOTY, Elihu (1809-1864); [POHLMAN, William J.]
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1853. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; pp [1 blank], xii, iii, , 214, [1 blank]; first blank with original owner’s stamp in Chinese characters and ownership signature in ink in romanized script ‘Mo-ah’ (small marginal repair); …
AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN MISSION
Shanghai : American Presbyterian Mission Press, 1896. Octavo, gilt-lettered half morocco over cloth (rubbed), marbled edges, pp [vi], 335; folding map in colour (split along one fold); 12 further maps printed in red and black; folding tables; a very good copy. A scarce book on the various missions in China in the nineteenth century, including those …
"ARIEL" [PAYNE, Buckner H.]
The negro : what is his ethnological status? Is he the progeny of Ham? Is he a descendant of Adam and Eve? Has he a soul? Or is he a beast in God’s nomenclature? What is his status as fixed by God in creation? What is his relation to the white race?
Cincinnati : Published for the Proprietor, 1867. Second edition. Octavo, original printed green wrappers, 48 pp; a near fine copy. Colonel Buckner H. Payne (1799-1889) was an American clergyman, publisher and racist pamphleteer. Under the pseudonym of Ariel, Payne authored a racist pamphlet, offering a counter-argument to the Curse of Ham, suggesting instead that blacks did …
The fifty-first annual report of the Santal Mission of the Northern Churches (the Indian home mission to the Santals) for the year 1917 – 1918.
Dukma [India] : Santal Mission of the Northern Churches, 1919. Octavo, printed wrappers, pp. iv; 72, pale foxing, a very good copy. Scarce printing from Eastern India recording a year’s activities of a Norwegian missionary society.
INDIA. STATE RAILWAYS DEPARTMENT.
s.l. : Government of India, State Railways Department, [c.1930]. Narrow folio, folding to 245 x 115 mm, pictorial wrappers, 10 pp, illustrations, folding map; a very good copy. A scarce early tourist guide to Budh Gaya, “the most famous and most interesting of all sacred sites of the Buddhists.” (p.1)
GREENWOOD, John; SPEAK, Henry
A small archive of letters relating to the Baptist community at Constitution Hill, Van Diemen’s Land, 1860-62.
The unpublished letters in this recently discovered archive were written at Constitution Hill, north of Hobart Town, by John Greenwood (1778-1866), a devout Baptist and uncle of the noted early Tasmanian Baptist, Henry Speak. They are addressed to Greenwood’s former Baptist friends in New York State, where Greenwood had lived for a period earlier in his life after emigrating …
SALT, M.; [REDFERN, Richard]
[NEW ZEALAND] View of the Wesleyan Methodist parsonage at Paparoa, home of Rev. T.N. Griffin, circa 1885.
Silver albumen print photograph, 105 x 155 mm, on cabinet card mount of Auckland photographer R. Redfern; verso with near contemporary paper label inscribed ‘Mr. M. Salt / Paparoa W[esleyan] Parsonage, taken 5 years ago. Revd. T.N. Griffin & W[ife]’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. This photograph was taken around 1885 by …
STANTON, Don E.
Bermagui Sth., N.S.W. : Maranatha Revival Crusade, . Series: Monthly Message, no. 26. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper with stain), stapled, 112 pp, illustrated; a couple of annotations in biro, otherwise a very good copy. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (title page). Christian religious pamphlet written by an …
Alonso de Villegas; Ludovico Bertonio
Libro de la vida y milagros de Nuestro Señor Iesu Christo en dos lenguas, Aymara y Romance, traducido
de el que recopilo el Licenciado Alonso de Villegas, quitadas, y añadidas algunas cosas y acomodado ala capacidad delos Indios. Por el padre Ludouico Bertonio italiano de la Compañia de Iesus … Impresso en el Pueblo de Iuli [i.e. Juli, Peru], de la Provincia de Chucuyto, con la emprenta de Francisco del Canto. Año M. …
Gaspar de Villarroel
$9,000 USD [Lima], s.n., . Small quarto, later half morocco over cloth boards (upper board detached), spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers;  pp; woodcut initial; last leaf with two closed tears; else a good copy. Not in Medina, Lima; not in OCLC; USTC suggests no known surviving copy. Contains a fifteen page poem, Lagrimas de …
Juan Pérez Bocanegra
$6,000 USD los santos sacramentos del baptismo, confirmacion, eucaristia, y viatico, penitencia, extremauncion, y matrimonio, con aduertencias muy necessarias. Por el bachiller Ivan Perez Bocanegra, presbitero, en la lengua Quechua general … … Impresso en Lima : por Geronymo de Contreras, Iunto al Conuento de santo Domingo, Año de 1631. Quarto, later marbled papered boards, spine with ornamental gilt …
Francisco Lopez y Martínez
$1,200 USD señora mi señora D. Elvira Augustina de Nauarra, y Toralto, : Rocafull, Frezza, Yxar, Moncada, Vrsino, y Aragon. Hija de los Excos. SSes. duques de la Palata, principes de Massa, uirreyes del Peru, &c. Predicolo en la Capitana del Mar del Sur, cerca de la linea equinoccial el P. Francisco Lopez de la …
Francisco de Echave y Assu
$6,000 USD segundo Arzobispo celebrado con epitalamios … : descripcion sacropolitica de las grandezas … de Lima y compendio historico eclesiastico de su Santa iglesia metropolitana … Amberes [Antwerp]. Por Juan Baptista Verdussen, 1688. Folio, later full calf with ornamental gilt borders, gilt tooled spine with raised bands and red morocco title label lettered in …
Isidoro Cala y Ortega (attributed); Calixto de San José de Túpac Inga (attributed); Antonio Garro (attributed)
$27,000 USD : Seuvae lacrimabile, lamentabilis Luctus, atque vlutatus, multus q[ue] Ploratus abimo corde. Editus in lucem, amarissime concinatus. Sincerissime scriptus, verissime dictatus. Exaratns. Timidissime. Directus humillime. Mitendus laboriosissime: et (vtinam missus) oblatus filialiter, atque dedicatus. Fidentissime. Per cunctam Nationem Indicam Catolicam in Peruvio Patria sua captivam. Lima : [s.n.], [175-?]. Octavo, contemporary Peruvian limp …
José de Acosta
$1,500 USD ministros prediquen y enseñen à los Indios, y à las demàs personas : conforme a lo que se proveyò en el Santo Concilio Provincial de Lima el año pasado de 1583. Mandado reimprimir por el Concilio Provincial del año de 1773. [Lima] : En la Oficina de la Calle de San Jacinto, 1773. Folio, …
Gonsalves, Gaspar, 1540-1590; Boccapaduli, Antonio, 1530-1593
$22,000 USD die XXIII. Martii, M.D. LXXXV. Romæ : Apud Franciscum Zannettum, 1585. [Rome : Francesco Zanetti, 1585]. Quarto, nineteenth century blue goatskin binding ruled in triple gilt and signed by Emile Rouselle of Paris (corners rubbed), spine in compartments with gilt tooling, gilt dentelles; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; pp 15; early manuscript foliation; …
Ciappi, Marc Antonio, active 1577-1601
In Roma : nelle stamperia degli Accolti, MDXCVI. [Rome : Accolti, 1596]. Second edition. Quarto, later vellum ruled in red; calligraphic lettering to spine; marbled endpapers; pp [viii],120, ; light foxing; title with woodcut printer’s device, portrait on verso; title with early inscriptions; numerous woodcut illustrations in the text, including the Jesuit seminaries in Japan, …
Hay, John, 1546-1607
$10,000 USD A Joanne Hayo Dalgatttiensi Scoto Societatis Jesu in librum unum coacervatae. Antuerpiæ : Ex officina Martini Nutij, ad insigne duarum Ciconiarum, Anno M. DC. V. [Antwerp : Martin Nutius, 1605]. Octavo, fine Jesuit binding of full calf ruled in gilt with ornamental cornerpieces; upper board with central Jesuit device, lower board with heraldic …
Orlandini, Nicolo, 1553-1606; Sacchini, Francesco, 1570-1625
$4,500 USD authore Nicolao Orlandino, Societatis eiusdem sacerdote. Nunc primum in Germania in lucem edita. Accessit index rerum memorabilium locupletissimus. Coloniæ Agrippinæ : Sumptibus Antonij Hierat, Anno M. DC. XV. [Cologne : Antonius Hierat, 1615] Quarto, contemporary vellum over boards with manuscript title in ink to spine; pp [viii], 578, [42 index]; pages 89, 268, …
Ricci, Matteo, 1552-1610; Trigault, Nicolas (translator), 1577-1628
De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu. Ex P. Matthaei Ricii eiusdem societatis comentariis, libri V … in quibus Sinensis regni mores leges atque instituta et novæ illius Ecclesiæ difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur. Auctore P. Nicolao Trigautio Belga ex eadem societate.
Augustae Vind. [Augsburg] : Apud Christoph. Mangium, 1615. First edition. Small quarto, contemporary limp vellum; manuscript title along lower edge; engraved title page by Jacques de Fornazeris, incorporating a map of China flanked by the figures of St Francis Xavier and Matteo Ricci; folding plan of the villa in Peking, converted into a chapel, showing …
Piñeyro, Luis, 1560-1620
Relacion del sucesso que tuuo Nuestra Santa Fe en los reynos del Iapon desde el año de seyscientos y
$32,000 USD doze hasta el de seyscientos y quinze, imperando Cubosama … compuesta por el padre Luys Piñeyro, de la Compañia de Iesus. En Madrid por la viuda de Alonso Martin de Balboa, 1617. Folio, contemporary limp vellum; manuscript title in ink to spine; bookplate to front pastedown; title page with woodcut royal coat of arms (faint contemporary …
Borri, Cristoforo, 1583-1632
$5,000 USD In Roma : per Francesco Corbelletti, 1631. Octavo, later vellum over boards ruled in red, with ornate calligraphic title to spine; pp 231; title with vignette woodcut of the Jesuit device; dedication with woodcut papal coat of arms of Urban VIII; woodcut historiated initials; side notes. “In 1616 Borri was sent to Indochina from …
RHODES, Alexandre de, S.J. (1593-1660)
$12,500 USD di Tvnchino, all santita di N.S. PP. Innocenzio Decimo. Di Alessandro de Rhodes Avignonese della medesima Compagnia, e Missionário Apostolico della Sacra Congregatione de Propaganda Fide. In Roma : Per Giuseppe Luna. L’anno del Giubileo, 1650. Small quarto, contemporary full calf, spine with raised bands, gilt tooling and contrasting red leather label lettered in gilt, …
Bartoli, Danielo, 1608-1685
$15,000 USD In Roma, M.DC.LIII. Nella Stamperia d’Ignatio de’ Lazzeri. [Rome : Ignazio de’ Lazzeri, 1653-1663] Folio, contemporary vellum over boards, spine with raised bands, manuscript title in ink and manuscript label with collection number “1692”; front pastedown with nineteenth century label of the Fürstlich Auerspergische Fideikommissbibliothek, Laibach; pp [iv], 904, ; engraved frontispiece by Bloemaert after a …
Gouvea, Antonio de (attributed), 1592-1677
Innocentia Victrix sive Sententia Comitiorum Imperij Sinici pro innocentia Christianæ religionis lata juridicè per annum 1669. & Ivssv R.P. Antonij de Gouvea Soc. Iesu, ibidem V. Provincialis Sinico-Latinè exposita in Quam Cheu metropoli provinciæ Quam tum in Regno Sinarum. Anno Salvtis Hvmanæ MDCLXXI.
Quam tum [Canton] : Jesuit Press, 1671. First Edition. Small folio, contemporary Chinese wrappers (detached); woodblock title page featuring the Holy Initials and the instruments of the Passion within a sunburst; ff [ii], 43; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; …
Castro, Felix Leal de (pseud.?)
$135,000 USD Portugal en la Ciudad de Macao. Hiang Xan [Heungshan] : [s.n.], [1712?]. Small quarto, plain wrappers with manuscript title (detached and with early repair); title page; pp 49; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; housed in a folding clamshell …