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August 2016

John Bunyan: Solomon’s Temple Spiritualiz’d

548d John Bunyan 1628-1688 Solomon’s Temple Spiritualiz’d or Gospel-Light fetcht out of the Temple at Jerusalem, To let Us More easily into the Glory of New-Testament-Truths. By John Bunyan L… Source: John Bunyan: Solomon's Temple Spiritualiz’d

John Bunyan: Solomon’s Temple Spiritualiz’d

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548d John Bunyan 1628-1688

Solomon’s Temple Spiritualiz’d or Gospel-Light fetcht out of the Temple at Jerusalem, To let Us More easily into the Glory of New-Testament-Truths. By John Bunyan

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London: for Eliz. Smith, 1691.

$13,000   Octavo A-K12 (C3, C5 incorrectly signed B3, B5 respectively). Second edition

Second edition (the first edition appeared in 1688.)

Of the three 17th century editions of this work, all are extremely rare. A combined search of Wing, ESTC, OCLC and RLIN yields 2 copies of this edition in the U.S.: Yale, UCLA.

This copy has a few ragged pages, but is sturdy and readable. Bound in contemporary tanned sheepskin, the boards ruled in blind. The corners are bumped, the extremities rubbed, but the binding is well preserved overall. The edges of the title page are stained from contact with the leather of the binding. There is minor foxing throughout. The first 3 leaves with…

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Bunyan bibliography (1988-2016)

Compiled by Galen K. Johnson, Tabatha Raiees-Dana, Sarah Cory and David Parry. Last revised by David Parry, June 2016. The 1988–2008 section was published in Bunyan Studies, Vol. 13 (2008–2009) and… Source: Bunyan bibliography (1988-2016)

John Bunyan: Solomon’s Temple Spiritualiz’d

548d John Bunyan 1628-1688 Solomon's Temple Spiritualiz’d or Gospel-Light fetcht out of the Temple at Jerusalem, To let Us More easily into the Glory of New-Testament-Truths. By John Bunyan London: for Eliz. Smith, 1691. $13,000   Octavo A-K12 (C3, C5... Continue Reading →

Manuscript Road Trip: The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

Manuscript Road Trip

The Flight into Egypt, Walters Art Museum, MS W.188, f.112r The Flight into Egypt, Walters Art Museum, MS W.188, f.112r

We can’t leave New Haven until I introduce you to The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript.

voynich detailI won’t deny it. I have been captivated by Beinecke MS 408 since I first laid eyes on it in my “Introduction to Latin Paleography” class at Yale in the fall of 1988. It has been called “The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript,” “The Roger Bacon Cipher,” a Sphinx, a hoax, a conspiracy, the work of a madman, the work of a genius.

It is The Voynich Manuscript.

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If you Google the words “Voynich Manuscript,” you will tumble down a rabbit hole into a dark scary corner of the internet full of alien abductions, seances, conspiracy theories, and secrets. You will stumble into heated debates between fellow obsessives who have devoted their lives to this codex. You will discover sub-specialties you didn’t know existed. Follow an innocuous-looking link and you may…

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Seven English Restoration Plays!

“FROM 1642 onward for eighteen years, the theaters of England remained nominally closed. There was of course evasion of the law; but whatever performances were offered had to be given in secr… Source: Seven English Restoration Plays!

Ferrante Imperato Historia Naturale 1672

A few months ago I began a blog {and by my estimation unfinishable} addressing the discovery,mention,description or images of potentially man-made stone tools ( anthropogenic), in early printed books. Naturally stone tools and other chipped stone artifacts are found almost everywhere proto... Continue Reading →

Seven English Restoration Plays!

"FROM 1642 onward for eighteen years, the theaters of England remained nominally closed. There was of course evasion of the law; but whatever performances were offered had to be given in secrecy, before small companies in private houses, or in... Continue Reading →

Great Coxwell barn — lonewalkerwessex

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