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5 Books: Vintage Prose and Poetry with Religious and Spiritual Content.

Lot 721. 5 Books: Vintage Prose and Poetry with Religious and Spiritual Content. These books, all hardbacks but one, span 1886 to 1963. The earliest, “Leaves of the Tree of Life,” was self-published by Charles D. Parker, a New Jersey minister. In this 256-page book, Parker presents brief stories that he connects with Bible verses. Some stories result from his experiences, and many come from various published and unpublished sources. Apparently produced without a dust jacket, the book is g with some spots of discoloration on the cover and some pages, and fraying at the base of the spine. The binding is tight, and the pages of this 135-year-old book are vg-ex. The most famous author represented here is Charles Dickens, whose “The Life of Our Lord” was first published in 1934. Dickens wrote this book about Jesus for his children between 1846 and 1849. Each Christmas, he read it to them. Dickens insisted that this book should never be published. In fact, he urged one relative to make certain that every family member “would never even hand the manuscript, or a copy of it, to anyone to take out of the house.” His wish prevailed until 1933, 63 years after his death, when a descendant sold world publication rights for the book to the “Daily Mail” of London for $210,000. Subsequently, the United Features Syndicate purchased rights to serialize the book in North and South America. “The Life of Our Lord” appeared in serial form in many U.S. newspapers in March 1934. Among them was “The Washington Daily News,” which published the book in 11 Chapters, and 14 installments. Readers of the newspaper received a “first edition” scrapbook saving the installments. Included here are two g+ to vg copies of the scrapbook. One is unused and shows light wear and some stains on the covers and a small chip on the back cover. The other contains the newspaper installments. Nine installments are glued in. The other five remain on partial newspaper pages, folded and residing in the scrapbook. It’s not clear whether all of the illustrations are present. Each of the five installments still in newspaper form has an illustration. For the nine installments glued into the scrapbook, there are five illustrations. Here are the three other books: “Black Popes - Authority: its Use and Abuse” by Archbishop “Thomas” Roberts, S.J., 1954 first edition, g+ to vg with fraying at the top and bottom of the spine. Roberts argued that effective authority needs to be based on responsibility, openness and free-flowing two-way communication, not “blind obedience,” which can result in abuse. “Poems” by Rev. John W. Wootten, 1962, self-published by the Methodist pastor, vg+ book with a stain from a price sticker on the cover and a name on the flyleaf; apparently published without a dust jacket. Wootten’s mint 9 signature is on the title page. Wootten reveals his sense of humor and the depth of his faith in more than 100 pages of verse. And “Sing, O Mountaineer!” by Walter Willard Price, self-published, 1963, near fine book with no dust jacket. Price’s mint 9 signature and inscription are on the flyleaf. Price is described by an admirer as “one of the passing generation of true mountaineers” who worked as a country school teacher, a salesman, a newspaper report, a laborer, and a railroad telegrapher. His poetry is inspired by “the magic of communication between man and man” and his love of his native West Virginia. Price’s tribute to his mother is particularly moving and provides insight to the culture of the state. Minimum Bid $10.    

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