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 …
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 …
Castro, Felix Leal de (pseud.?)
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 box …
Stumpf, Kilian, 1655-1720
Informatio Pro Veritate Contra iniquiorem famam sparsam per Sinas cum Calumnia in PP. Soc. Jesu, & Detrimento Missionis. Com̃unicata Missionariis In Imperio Sinensi. Anno 1717.
[Peking] : [Society of Jesus], 1717 [i.e. 1718]. Small folio, early plain wrappers (stained and detached); title leaf, ff 94; printed xylographically on one side of the sheet only, on double rice paper folded at the fore-edge in the Chinese style; f. 39 folded inside-out, presenting the text in reverse; pale staining to first and …
HUC, Évariste Régis, Abbé (1813-1860)
Manuscript letter written by Abbé Huc, sent from Macau in November 1846, addressed to his parents in Toulouse and reporting on his just-completed epic journey through Tartary and Tibet.
Macao, 1er. Novembre 1846. Entire letter, manuscript in ink on a single folio sheet of Chinese paper, folded to form 4 pages, written on 3½ pages; the panel on the outer side addressed to ‘Monsieur Huc, Rue Pargaminières 73, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne’, circular postal markings in black ‘Paris 8 Janv. 47’ and ‘Toulouse 11 Janv. 47’; …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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); …
LOBSCHEID, Wilhelm (1822-1893)
The religion of the Dayaks. Collected and translated into English by the Rev. W. Lobscheid. And the political, social and religious constitution of the natives of the west coast of Formosa, before and during the occupation of the island by the Dutch; or a contribution to the knowledge of the east. Translated from an old Dutch work by the Rev. W. Lobscheid.
Hongkong : Printed by J. de Souza, 1866. “Third edition”. Octavo, recent papered boards with morocco title label lettered in gilt; the second part with separate title page and pagination: pp. , 12; , 14; a very good copy. A scarcely recorded Hong Kong imprint. The German missionary Wilhelm Lobscheid (1822-1893) was sent out by …
PERREIRA, A. Marques
Macau : Jose da Silva, 1868. Octavo, quarter cloth over printed papered boards, speckled pink endpapers, pp viii, , 140; a fine example. A rare Macao imprint documenting the history of the city.
Boxer, C.R. (Charles Ralph), 1904-2000
Macau : Imprensa Nacional, 1942. First edition, limited to 500 copies; this is one of 25 numbered copies on Dutch Cream Woven paper (copy no. 1). Folio, original embossed cloth lettered in gilt, with coat of arms of Macau to upper board; pp 231; illustrated with 29 full page plates, some folding; a fine copy. …
BROMBY, Charles Henry (1814-1907)
Charles Bromby, Bishop of Tasmania : autograph letter, signed, dated August 2 1864, thanking a parishioner for her donation towards future missionary work in the Bass Strait islands.
Manuscript in ink, 3 pp, octavo, headed ’49 Upper Davey [?] Ct., Aug 2 1864′, addressed to ‘Dear Mrs. Walker’ and signed at the foot ‘C.H. Tasmania’, the signature endorsed below in pencil by the recipient ‘Dr. Bromby, Bishop’; original folds, some age toning and tiny loss at top corner of last side (resulting in …
[WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY]; TURNER, Nathaniel; SIMPSON, William
[MANUSCRIPT] Pair of letters containing reports on the Wesleyan Missionary Society in Tasmania, 1843
Two entire letters sent from Hobart Town to London, both written in a neat secretarial hand on 3 sides of one folded folio sheet, addressed to ‘The General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, Centenary Hall, Bishopsgate Street within, London’, stamped in red and dated 1843; the address panels are annotated by the sender ‘VDL Minutes No. …
Hay, John, 1546-1607
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 crest; flat-panel …
COLLADO, Diego (d. 1638 or 1641)
Romae typis & impensis Sacr. Congr. de Prop. Fide, MDCXXXII ; [bound with] Ars Grammaticae Iaponicae linguae … Romae typis & impensis Sacr. Congr. de Prop. Fide, MDCXXXII ; [and bound with] Niffon no Cotōbani yô confesion, … [= modus confitendi et examinandi poenitentem Japonensem, formula suamet lingua Japonica … ] Romae typis & impensis Sacr. …
SOCIÉTÉ DES MISSIONNAIRES DU SACRÉ-COEUR
[Issoudun, France : Societé des Missionnaires du Sacré-Coeur, c.1910]. Lithographic postcard, 88 x 139 mm, recto with printed caption Yule-Island. Centre de la Mission. Nouvelle-Guinée; verso printed Carte Postale; not postally used, in fine condition. The French Societé des Missionnaires du Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart Missionaries) established a mission on Yule Island, on the south coast …
KLOPSTOCK, Friedrich Gottlieb (1724-1803)
Leipzig : bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1800. Four volumes, octavo, uniform contemporary half calf over papered boards, patterned paste-downs and endpapers, spines with raised bands and gilt ornament, titles in gilt lettering on contrasting red morocco; all edges stained red; engraved frontispieces; pp. 320; 272; 352; 362; a fine set. Der Messias is an epic …
YOUNG, Jeanne F.; [SPENCE, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910]
Melbourne and Sydney : The Lothian Publishing Co. Pty Ltd, 1937. Octavo, original red cloth boards in the rare dust jacket; front pastedown with later ex libris, frontispiece photographic portrait of Catherine Helen Spence (detached), pp. 208; internally very clean. A tribute to Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910), South Australian writer, preacher, reformer and feminist.
[SPENCE, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910]
Adelaide : W. R. Thomas & Co., printers, 1905. Duodecimo, original pictorial wrappers (split along spine), staple-bound; later ex libris inside front wrapper; pp. 36, 2 portrait plates; otherwise in very good condition. Reprint of two articles from the Adelaide Register, 30th and 31st October 1905, entitled A distinguished pioneer and A birthday reception. The articles celebrate the 80th …
FLYNN, John (1880-1951); PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VICTORIA, HOME MISSION COMMITTEE.
Melbourne : Arbuckle, Waddell & Fawckner, 1910. Duodecimo, publisher’s printed linen wrappers, later ex libris inside front wrapper, pp 100, with  pages for owner’s notes and memoranda; illustrated; a good copy. Compiled by John Flynn, founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, this booklet provides first aid information for travellers in the outback. It …
MATHEWS, Basil Joseph (1879-1951)
London : United Council for Missionary Education, 1917. Second edition. Tall narrow octavo (100 x 215 mm), original pictorial illustrated wraps (old paper repair to spine), early ownership inscription to title page, pp. 93, double-page map of Africa at rear; occasional pencilled marginalia, otherwise internally clean; a fair copy. A book intended for use in the …
SPENCE, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910, editor
Adelaide : R. Kyffin Thomas, 1879. First edition. “The Proceeds to be devoted to the Home for Incurables, Fullarton.” Octavo, original red cloth boards with gilt lettering and ornament (rubbed and marked), front hinge repaired, front pastedown with later ex libris, pp. 95, internally clean. A rare copy of an anthology of women writers edited …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
"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 …