Before the development of the printing press and movable type, all books had to be translated or copied by hand and immensely expensive and unavailable to most people. Only the most precious ideas made the transfer from verbal story to a physical medium of stone, leaf, reed or paper. These ideas were the cornerstones of civilizations. That all changed in the 1450’s when Johannes Gutenberg developed the concept of movable type and brought the written word to the common people with his crowning achievement of the printing press and with it the Gutenberg Bible produced in 1455.

Today the bible is the most printed book in the world and people of all faiths read books on any manner of subjects in every conservable language. However the most prized of these books are still those offering spiritual guidance. Spirituality is just as important today as it has been at any point in history, there are an estimated 2.1 billion Christians, 1.4 billion Muslims, and 1 billion Hindus practicing in the world. In the US alone more than 11 million people each week will meet for bible study which goes along way to explain the popularity of books like Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life, and the hugely popular Left Behind novel series.

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Conversations With Poppi About God

The Fourth Great Bible (Nov 1540) and the third with Cranmer’s preface. Large folio, old reversed calf, with blind tooling on covers, re-backed in a slightly darker reverse calf with deep wine morocco label 'Holy Bible 1541' probably late 18c or early 19c. Flat spine. The Great Bible was so called due to Thomas Cromwell requiring the clergy to "set up the Holy Bible of the largest volume in every church so that parishioners may read it". It is a large pulpit folio measuring over 14 inches tall. This was a volt farce because the Bible in English had been prohibited since 1408. Hence it has often been referred to as Cromwell's Bible. This was the first and only truly "Authorised Version" and was commonly chained to the pulpit in the churches. It remained the official bible for the Church of England for the next 30 years.

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Baskerville Bible, Containing the Old Testament

Kindness

Printed in 1763 by John Baskerville, the finest type designer of 18th century in England. He began to design his own type in 1750, and then set out to print books which were consciously fine pieces of printing and eventually went to great lengths to achieve his 'highest ambition' of printing a folio Bible, an irony in itself since he was a confirmed atheist. This copy is that ambition. The ink and the paper were also specially manufactured by him, and after printing the sheets were hot-pressed to give them smoothness and gloss. Never afraid to innovate, he made changes to the way in which metal type was made, enabling him to produce finer, more delicate lettering than any before him had achieved. He invented his own lustrous, uniquely black, opaque ink; he was the first to exploit commercially James Whatman’s invention of wove paper, which was much smoother than the traditional laid paper; and he modified the printing process by using heated copper cylinders to dry the ink before it had time to soak too far into the paper. All of these innovations enabled Baskerville to produce printed work of an elegance, crispness and clarity never seen before. Without a doubt a magnificent addition to any collection. Dibdin declared that this was "one of the most beautifully printed books in the world".

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The Bible - Translated according to Hebrew

Family Wicca

The New Testament & Concordance have separate title-pages, with the 1586 date on the New Testament, but the Concordance title-page is undated. The edges have been very closely cropped (trimmed down) when the book was rebound in the 1650-1750 period, with loss to some of the page numbers, and some of the text of the headings, and the printed, side margin annotations. A few page corners have chipped off, also with loss of text at leaf # [163], 284, [488], 513. Bound in full, paneled brown calf with five raised bands on the spine, a lighter brown morocco leather title label, gilt-lettered: HOLY BIBLE, and the date 1586 in gilt numbers under this.

Drawings for the Bible

Marc Chagall

The 11th Commandment

Cloth. Very Good/Good. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. A scarce 1960 book that compromises 96 reproductions in black and white, and 24 lithographs by this celebrated 20th century painter, in color as well as a cover specially designed for this volume. Jacket is torn and falling apart, otherwise a rare item. Introduction by G. Bachelard

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Native American Religion

Joel W. Martin

Native American Religion

Native Americans practice some of America's most spiritually profound, historically resilient, and ethically demanding religions. Joel Martin draws his narrative from folk stories, rituals, and even landscapes to trace the development of Native American religion from ancient burial mounds, through interactions with European conquerors and missionaries, and on to the modern-day rebirth of ancient rites and beliefs.

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Joseph Had A Little Overcoat

Simms Taback

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes--just like this book! When Joseph's coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that? As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat.

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The Broken Tusk

Uma Krishnaswami

The Broken Tusk

This collection of Hindu folktales for middle readers features stories about the god, Ganesha, who is easily recognized because of his elephant head. Krishnaswami introduces the stories by recalling her own introduction to Ganesha and goes on to offer a mythological context for the tales. The pen-and-ink illustrations have child appeal, and readers will be aided by the pronunciation guide and glossary.

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Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr Story

Jonny Zucker

Fasting and Dates

The simply yet delightfully told stories describe the festivities while giving children background information about holidays in many different cultures. A two-page spread at the back of each book contains information for parents, and includes suggestions on ways to communicate the holiday’s meaning to kids. A typical Muslim family celebrates the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

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