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  • BONA, Giovanni (1609-1674).
    L’ESTRANGE, Roger, Sir, (1616-1704), translator.
    A Guide to Eternity: Extracted out of the Writings of the Holy Fathers, and Ancient Philosophers. Written originally in Latine, by John Bona: and now done into English, by Roger L’Estrange Esq; the Second Edition. London, Henry Brome, 1680.

    Second Edition in English. 12mo (133 x 67 mm), pp. [xii], 188, [4], advertisements, preliminary leaves including additional engraved title-page; engraved frontispiece and pp. [xlvi], 108, [2], 126, [4] advertisements, the frontispiece to the second work shaved close to the image (but not touching it) but with loss to some of the caption below the image, in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label lettered in gilt, marbled edges, with the Hayhurst bookplate.

    Two scarce English translations of Italian devotional works, bound together in an attractive seventeenth century binding. Giovanni Bona was a Cistercian cardinal from Northern Italy… (more)

    Two scarce English translations of Italian devotional works, bound together in an attractive seventeenth century binding. Giovanni Bona was a Cistercian cardinal from Northern Italy known for his scholarship and simple manner of life. The first work in this volume is his Manuductio ad coelum, first published in 1658 and first translated into English in 1672. It has often been compared to Thomas a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, on account of the simplicity of the style in which the doctrine is explained. It was a hugely popular work, seeing a dozen editions by the end of the century and being translated into Italian, French, German, Armenian and Spanish as well as English. The second work in the volume is a translation of Bona’s Principia et documenta vitae Christianae, a comparable work which focuses on the principles of Christian conduct. The translation is usually ascribed to Luke Beaulieu.
    The first work has an additional title-page, engraved, ‘Manuductio ad coelum, or a guide to eternity’, by Frederick Hendrick van Hove (1629?-1698). The second work has an engraved frontispiece depicting Christ during his passion, also by F. H. van Hove.

    Guide to Eternity: Wing B3545; ESTC r23243, at BL, CUL, Bodleian, King’s Lynn; Harvard, Huntington, Union Theological, Illinois and Yale.
    Precepts: Wing B3553; ESTC r17339, at BL, CUL, Downside, Bodliean and Sion College; Columbia, Folger, Huntington, Union Theological, Clark, Illinois and Yale.

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  • VILLIERS, Marc-Albert de (1730?-1778).
    Apologie du célibat chretien. Par M. l’Abbé *** Prêtre & Licencié Paris, La veuve Damonneville, Musier fils, Vatel, la veuve Berton, 1761.

    [with] Sentimens des

    First editions. Two works in one volume, 12mo (168 x 92 mm), pp. [ii], [xii], [2], 414, [2]; [2], 14, with occasional slight browning, small paper flaw to lower outer blank corner of I5, bound in handsome contemporary crushed crimson morocco, with an elaborate border of double gilt fillet, feather tools, fleurons and tendrils along inner border, gilt centrepieces with the arms of Cardinal G. Doria Pamphili, spine with raised bands, gilt in compartments, with green morocco label lettered in gilt, with blue silk endpapers, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, the upper joint partly split at head with small loss, minimally repaired at foot, head and foot of spine a bit rubbed, endpapers a little faded, with the nineteenth century ownership inscription of Pietro Ceriani and the nineteenth century bookplate of Bernardine Murphy, with manuscript shelfmark to front pastedown, red ink stamp of Libraria Colonna to front free endpaper, title and final blank, with some offsetting.

    A superbly bound copy of two scarce religious works, with an illustrious provenance. Originally bound for the Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Doria Pamphili (1751-1819) with his… (more)

    A superbly bound copy of two scarce religious works, with an illustrious provenance. Originally bound for the Cardinal Giuseppe Maria Doria Pamphili (1751-1819) with his arms gilt on both covers. Pamphili was apostolic nuncio in France between 1773 and 1785 and was later Secretary of State for the Holy See. In the nineteenth century, it passed into the library of the major Roman family of the Colonna, who were related to the Doria Pamphili.
    The priest and doctor of law Marc-Albert de Villiers was the author of at least four pamphlets blending Christian philosophy, theology and canon law. Both works in this volume are concerned with marriage. The first is a defence of clerical celibacy, against the ‘libels full of the most horrible impieties, the grossest obscenities and the greatest hate towards the Christian and Catholic religion’. The second is a critique of J.-P.-F. de Ripert-Monclar’s Mémoire...sur les mariages clandestins des protestants en France, 1750, which advocated the legalisation of Protestant marriages. He was especially opposed to Protestants who feigned conversion to Catholicism just to be allowed to marry Catholics, returning later to their Protestant convictions.

    1: OCLC lists BN, Sainte-Geneviève, Cornell and Penn.
    II: OCLC lists BN, Sainte-Geneviève, Cambridge, Bowdoin and Library of Congress.

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  • MEZZADRI, Bernardino.
    Dissertationes duae criticae-historicae. Una de vigintiquinque annis Romanae Petri Cathedrae adversus utrumque pagium. Altera de actis SS. Martyrum Cosmae, et Damiani necnon de monumentis Basilicae ipsis in urbe erectae. Rome, Salomoni, 1750.

    First edition. 4to (233 x 170 mm), pp. [xxiii], [3], 90, with two folding engraved plates representing interiors of Roman churches, woodcut initials and ornaments, first two leaves minimally toned, occasional very minor marginal spotting, bound in contemporary, probably Roman, crushed crimson morocco, bordered with gilt double fillet and gilt roll of palmettes to inner border, large cornerpieces with feather tools, acorns and fleurons, large centrepiece with the arms of the Altieri family, spine with raised bands, gilt in compartments, lettered in gilt, marbled edges, joints minimally worn at head and foot, pink pastedowns.

    The dedication copy, beautifully bound for Prince Giovanni Battista, a member of the prominent Roman family of the Altieri, among whose members was Pope Clement… (more)

    The dedication copy, beautifully bound for Prince Giovanni Battista, a member of the prominent Roman family of the Altieri, among whose members was Pope Clement X. The first of these two dissertations, written by the Franciscan Bernardino Mezzadri, discuss the history of the Church and defending it against the theories of the Jesuit, Franciscus Pagius. The second dissertation discusses the life, death and miracles of the martyrs Cosmas and Damian. A long section is devoted to the Roman basilica dedicated to them, details of which are illustrated in two handsome folding plates.

    OCLC lists half a dozen copies in Continental Europe only.

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  • Hanway’s Second Binder
    Earnest Advice, by HANWAY, Jonas (1712-1786).
    HANWAY, Jonas (1712-1786).
    Earnest Advice, particularly to Persons who live in an habitual Neglect of Our Lord’s Supper, considered as a commemorative Sacrifice inseparable from Christianity, and as a Preservative against superstitious Fears, and the immoral Practices, which deface the Glory of our Country, and darken our Prospects of a Life to come. In Forty-Nine Letters. By Jonas Hanway, Esq. London, Dodsley, 1778.

    First Edition. 12mo, (172 x 96mm), engraved frontispiece and pp. xiv, x, 11-240, title-page and frontispiece a little stained, some other marks in the text, but generally fairly clean, in contemporary calf, bound for Hanway by his second binder, the monogram ‘I.H.S.’ gilt within a diamond of stars on the front cover, the diamond mirrored on the back cover with a winged hourglass as a centre piece, gilt floral corner pieces on both covers, spine gilt in compartments with continuous chequered and sunburst pattern, red morocco label lettered in gilt, the gilt fairly faded and binding generally a little worn, with the contemporary ownership inscription ‘Jn Fox’ on the title-page.

    One of Hanway’s scarcer tracts in an attractive binding by his second binder. Christianity was an integral part of Hanway’s philanthropy, even though only a… (more)

    One of Hanway’s scarcer tracts in an attractive binding by his second binder. Christianity was an integral part of Hanway’s philanthropy, even though only a small number of his works were as overtly religious as the present one, the majority being concerned with practical issues to do with social welfare and the furtherance of his philanthropic schemes. Many of his charitable projects, however, included a specific Christian component, such as his ambitious Proposal for County Naval free-Schools, to be built on Waste Lands, giving such effectual Instructions to Poor Boys, as may nurse them for the Sea Service, London 1783. In this, Hanway’s impressive attention to detail goes as far as to address the religious curriculum for the boys’ education, even to specifying appropriate hymns and prayers.

    ESTC t65278, listing BL, Cambridge, Bodleian; Columbia, Harvard, McMaster and Yale.

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  • L’Ecclésiastique Citoyen; by NUSSE, Jean-Francois (1741-1798).
    NUSSE, Jean-Francois (1741-1798).
    L’Ecclésiastique Citoyen; ou Lettres sur les moyens de rendre les personnes, les établissemens & les biens de l’Eglise encore plus utiles à l’Etat & meme à la Religion. Londres, 1785.

    First Edition. 12mo (185 x 110 mm), pp. [iv], xx, 4 [ie. 21-24], 25-480; uncut throughout, in contemporary blue and orange patterned wrappers, paper signed ‘A Orleans chez Letourmi’, wrappers a little frayed in places, chipped along the lower part of the joints, original paper label, hand lettered, generally some wear but a lovely, unsophisticated copy.

    A fascinating analysis of the priest as citizen written in the period immediately before the French Revolution. Nusse, who gained some notoriety for his criticism… (more)

    A fascinating analysis of the priest as citizen written in the period immediately before the French Revolution. Nusse, who gained some notoriety for his criticism of senior clerics, was both parish priest and mayor for the town of Chavignon, north-east of Paris. In this work, he discusses the relationship between Church and State and the mutual duties and links between them. His central tenet is that the churchman, because of his love of humanity, makes the perfect citizen, but that it is necessary for the individual priest to take a stand against the abuses within the church. The work comprises seventeen extended letters discussing the current role of the Church, the division of Church property, the role of the parish priest, including his duties and his relationship with his parishioners, the roles and statutes governing curés and canons and the inequalities among priests, with the problems caused by the extremes either of wealth or poverty. He also discusses the religious orders and communities, suggesting that these would be more profitably used as centres of education. Nusse then proposes a series of reforms at a parish level, for the maintenance of church fabric, religious houses and education of children, integrating church affairs and the parish priest more into the wider community.

    Conlon: 85: 247; see R. Attal and A. Blanchard, ‘Le clergé du Soissonnais pendant la Révolution’, Fédération des sociétés d’histoire et d’archéologie de l’Aisne, Mémoires, XXXIV, 1989, p. 189.

    ESTC n28874, listing BN and Harvard only; OCLC adds Berlin and NLS.

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  • Manuscript journal recording personal devotions. by [DIARY.]
    [DIARY.]
    Manuscript journal recording personal devotions. Spitalfields? 1808.

    Manuscript in ink. Landscape 16mo (115 x 90 mm), pp. [153], no title-page, written in a neat hand throughout, in contemporary sheep, original brass clasp (restored), lacking the endpapers, worn at extremities, the front board lettered in ink ‘Diary 1808’.

    A manuscript pocket journal of religious devotions in an unidentified hand, written between 21st June and 10th July 1808. The author carefully transcribes bible passages,… (more)

    A manuscript pocket journal of religious devotions in an unidentified hand, written between 21st June and 10th July 1808. The author carefully transcribes bible passages, presumably the subject of the daily sermon, and then elaborates on them. This diary appears to be a record of all the sermons attended over several weeks and the author’s personal reaction to them. Of interest is the mention of clerics by name, including of Rev. William Goode (1762-1816) and Rev. W. Wilcocks, who we know to have been active at the time. William Goode was an influential evangelical minister who preached at Christ Church, Spitalfields, between 1807 and 1810 and it is interesting to surmise that this is the private recollection of a member of the congregation, whether done from memory or hastily scribbled at the back of the church.

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  • TURMEAU de la Morandière, Denis-Laurian (fl. 1760-1764).
    Principes Politiques sur le rappel des Protestans en France, par M. ***. Première [-Seconde] Partie. Amsterdam, aux dépens de la Compagnie, 1764.

    Same Year as the First Edition. Two parts in one volume, 12mo, (160 x 90 mm), pp. [iv], 163, iv (épitre dédicatoire à Madame la *** misbound before p. 163); [iv], 144, with the half-titles, title-pages printed in red and black with the same engraved title vignette on each volume, text a little dampstained, particularly title-pages, binding slightly sprung between the volumes, in contemporary speckled calf, double filet gilt to covers, spine ruled in gilt with olive green morocco label lettered in gilt, paper shelf mark label at the foot of the spine, with the later Leipziger Stadtbibliothek bookplate and library stamps of Leipzig University and Bibliothek von Schloss Püchau, crossed through, from the library of Claude Lebédel.

    An important plea for religious tolerance based on the study of demographics and the writings of Malthus. Following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes… (more)

    An important plea for religious tolerance based on the study of demographics and the writings of Malthus. Following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and the persecution of protestants, the mass exodus of some 8% of the population had far-reaching consequences. About 100,000 French people left the country, exporting about 60 million livres, which had crippled French commerce, at the same time as augmenting foreign economies and armies. Turmeau de la Morandière stresses the cumulative dangers arising from this depopulation and concludes that the revocation itself was ‘trop étendu, trop sévère, trop précipité dans certaines de ses dispositions’, that it led to hardship in France and prosperity in England, Germany and Holland (I., 157). He argues that the only remedy for France is to adopt a policy of religious tolerance and to allow the protestants to return to France. His reasoning is economic more than humanitarian and is based principally on an an assumed link between increase in population and economic prosperity.
    Turmeau de la Morandière is also credited with a rare treatise on the prostitutes of Paris, Réprésentations à Monsieur le lieutenant général de police de Paris [Antoine de Sartine] Sur les courtisanes à la mode & les demoiselles du bon ton, Paris, ‘Impr. d’une Société de gens ruinés par les femmes’, 1760. His focus in this treatise is with the demographic problems of begging, homelessness and prostitution in France. His other works include Police sur les mendians, les vagabonds, les joueurs de profession, les intrigans, les filles prostituées, les domestiques hors de maison depuis long-tems, & les gens sans aveu, Paris, Dessain Junior, 1764 and Appel des étrangers dans nos colonies, Paris 1763 (reprinted 1973).
    The first edition was published in Paris by Valleyre in the same year. To begin with it was published anonymously but the author’s name was added at some point in the printing process and copies exist with the author’s name in the either or both volumes. This Amsterdam edition is anonymous in both parts. Cioranescu lists only a later edition of 1768.

    See Cioranescu 62546 (1768 edition only); Quérard IX, 580; INED 4633.

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  • Uffizio della B.V. Maria. Per tutti i tempi dell’anno coll’uffizio de’ morti, della SS. Croce, e dello Spirito Santo: by [CATHOLIC CHURCH].
    [CATHOLIC CHURCH].
    Uffizio della B.V. Maria. Per tutti i tempi dell’anno coll’uffizio de’ morti, della SS. Croce, e dello Spirito Santo: e co i Sette Salmi Penitenziali, ed altre divotissime Orazioni. Rome, Vatican Press [Giovanni Maria Salvioni], 1725.

    Two parts in one volume, 8vo (198 x 128 mm), second with separate title-page and continuous pagination, engraved frontispiece by Arnold Westerhout after Joseph Passarus and pp. [32], 336, [xxxviii], [2], printed in red and black throughout, engraved printer’s device on title-pages, 14 engraved plates by Jo. Hieronymus Frezza after Joseph Passarus, engraved tailpieces and woodcut initials, slight browning and light marginal dampstaining to first four gatherings and a handful of other leaves, including blank margins of frontispiece and first plate, verso of last leaf a bit soiled, in crimson morocco, covers bordered with gilt chain roll and feather and star roll, with gilt urns to corners, spine gilt in compartments, pink and blue marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, gauffered and painted in red and green to a floral pattern, green silk marker, extremities a little bumped, a trifle dusty, ownership inscription of Tammaro de Marinis pencilled on front endpaper.

    An exquisitely bound copy of the ‘horae’ of the Virgin Mary, once in the library of the great Neapolitan collector, bibliophile, bookseller and bookbinding scholar,… (more)

    An exquisitely bound copy of the ‘horae’ of the Virgin Mary, once in the library of the great Neapolitan collector, bibliophile, bookseller and bookbinding scholar, Tammaro de Marinis (1878-1969).
    It was printed by Giovanni Maria Salvioni (1676-1755), who was in charge of the Vatican Press from 1717. The elegant binding was probably produced after the style of the Salvioni workshop, known for its use of painted edges - ‘a revival of a form of decoration unknown in Rome since the reign of Pius V’, who died in 1572 (Hobson, French and Italian Collectors and Their Bindings, p.190). In it, the gilt and lavishness of the Roman fashion merges with the charming modesty of provincial workshops.
    The ‘Uffizio’ includes a calendar of mobile feasts and saints’ days, instructions on recitation, the psalm, readings and hymns for each hour of the day during the liturgical year, followed by the Office of the Dead, the Seven Penitential Psalms and others prayers and orations. Although it was originally intended for the religious, lay people were also encouraged to devote part of their day to the recitation of the ‘horae’ to the Virgin Mary. The handsome engraved illustrations in this edition, both delightful and useful as aides-mémoire, were produced by Arnold Westerhout, Joseph Passarus and J. Hieronymus Frezza. They portray key scenes from the Old Testament, such as Adam and Eve being banned from Eden (in the frontispiece), and scenes from the life of the Virgin.

    OCLC lists a handful of copies in Italy, and V&A, Harvard and Brown.

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