1943 war issue, MEIN KAMPF, by Adolph Hitler


Hitler, Adolf; Manheim, Ralph [translator]. Mein Kampf. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1943. “The definitive new translation.” Very good red cloth hardcover with a good dust jacket. The dj has bright colors on the front panel but some edge-wear and a few chips along the top edge, some fading to the spine panel, and is now in a clear protective wrapper. With a 12-pp. offprint laid in, “What Hitler Means in ‘Mein Kampf,’ or What the American Soldier Should Know About Hitler’s Book ‘Mein Kampf’ in Case He Reads It;” by Major Merrill Moore. Very good in good dust-jacket. Hardcover. [ABE2028] $45.00

This is a translation of the first German edition, with any significant changes in later editions indicated in the notes. “Where Hitler’s formulations challenge the reader’s credulity, I have quoted the German original in the notes. Seeing is believing.” – Translator’s Note. “For years Mein Kampf stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. For in its pages Hitler announced – long before he came to power – a program of blood and terror in a self-revelation of such overwhelming frankness that few among its readers had the courage to believe it…The book is an oratorical denunciation of collaborators who largely shared the aim of the author, but refused to accept his methods.” – from the Introduction.

The dj states that between 1939 and 1942 a quarter of a million copies were sold in the US, and that it was on best-seller lists. This particular copy comes with a separate insert for US soldiers to read as an explanation and guide to the book. It was thought that the propaganda of it would be so discernible that Americans should read it and think for themselves, and that they would choose to reject it. The great irony is that today I cannot sell this book on eBay here in America for they ban any sale of it.

1861 Churches in Wisconsin, 1850 to 1860


Clary, Dexter. History of the Churches and Ministers connected with the Presbyterian and Congregational Convention of Wisconsin, and of the operations of the Home Missionary Society in the State, for the past Ten Years; with an Appendix. Beloit: Printed by B. E. Hale, 1861. First Edition.  

Very good brown pebble cloth with title in gilt on front – “Churches in Wisconsin | 1850 to 1860,” 5 x 7 1/2 inches, 128 clean and unmarked pp., tight, some foxing on the end papers. Very good. Hardcover.  [ABE2022] $65.00

Rev. Dexter Clary (1798-1874) b. Conway, MA; d. Beliot, WI. A Presbyterian, Rev. Clary was pastor of the First Congregational Church in Beliot from 1840 to 1850, and was Agent for the American Home Missionary Society in Wisconsin from 1850 to 1872. 

This book gives the doctrinal views of the churches; a history of the districts; accounts of ministers and evangelists; statements on revivals, slavery, Stockbridge Indians, Temperance, Tobacco, Dancing; Lists of Ministers; Description of Home Missions; &c. 

The Appendix contains information on the New School Synod of Wisconsin.

1835 A Narrative of the Visit to the American Churches, by the Deputation from the Congregational Union of England and Wales. In two volumes, complete set.



Reed, Andrew; Matheson, James. A Narrative of the Visit to the American Churches, by the Deputation from the Congregational Union of England and Wales. In two volumes, complete set. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1835. First American Edition. 

Two volume set, both volumes in faded purple cloth with blindstamped floral pattern, chipped with loss at the spine ends. Ex library from several institutions with bookplates, ink name stamps here and there, and recent white label stickers on the spines, covered by clear tape. All hinges and joints fine (tight). 5 x 7 3/4 inches, xiv. 336; vi. 9-362 (1) clean pp. The pp. are misnumbered in vol. ii., as found in other copies (vol. ii. pp. 7-8 omitted in numbers, but the text is complete). Good. Hardcover.  [ABE2016] $150.00

No. 4472 in Roberts’ Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography with Biographical and Historical Notices. “Significant appraisals of American camp-meetings and revivals. Their trip included a visit to Whitefield’s tomb. For an important critical review of this work see pp. 598-626, October, 1835, of the Biblical Repertory and Theological Review…”  This review is favorable of the work, but critical of some details. It discusses at length Reed & Matheson’s observations on American revivals, camp meetings, “new measures,” the “Anxious Seat,” the “new divinity,” etc., all of which topics are related in the “Narrative.” 

Other topics included in these letters are a visit to Washington, DC; Mount Vernon; Congregational Convention; Baptist Education Society; Journey to Buffalo; Mormonites [Mormons]; Cincinnati; Passage to Louisville on the River Ohio; Slaves; Kentucky; African Church; the Blacks; Weyer’s Cave; Slave Auction; The Rappahonic; Baltimore Slave-mart; Princeton; New York; Albany; Erie Canal; Mohawk Valley; Oneida Institution; Northampton; Brainerd’s Tomb; Salem; Ipswich; Whitefield’s Remains; Portland; Dr. Payson; Boston; Eliot Church; Missionary Ordination; Eli Whitney; Yale College; Female Academies; Slavery – the Legal Condition of the Slave – Internal Traffic; Colonization and Anti-Slavery Societies; Duty of America towards the African and the Indian; Narrative of a Visit to Canada and Pennsylvania; Chippeway Indians; Seneca Indians; &c., &c.

RARE 1868 The Negro at Home, His Capacity for Self-Government



Spring, Lindley. The Negro at Home: An Inquiry after His Capacity for Self-Government and the Government of Whites for Controlling, Leading, Directing, or Co-operating in; the Civilization of the Age; its Material, Intellectual, Moral, Religious, Social and Political Interests; the Objects of Society and Government; the Business and Duties of our Race; the Offenses of Legislation. New York: The Author, 1868. First Edition. 

Worn green cloth hardcover, ends and corners worn through, old stains on the binding. 5 1/4 x 7 1/2, 237 pp., tidemark in the top margin throughout. Lacks the ffep. Old paper label base of spine, penciled call numbers behind tp, no other institutional markings. Tp detached 1 1/2 inch at top, 1 inch at bottom. Fair. Hardcover.  [ABE1981] $750.00

RARE on the market with the last recorded auction sale being in the year 1948 (RareBookHub reference).  Sabin 89784.

Lindley Spring, b. 1815 in New York City, son of the Presbyterian minister Rev. Gardiner Spring, who was the minister at the Brick Presbyterian Church. Church records indicate that Lindley was dismissed from the church in 1843 without note of transfer to a different congregation. 

An inflammatory effort to sway public opinion against Negroes in the South receiving the right to vote and hold office. The author seeks to prove that the Negro has never been civilized, but is a savage brute with no conscience, and incapable of ruling over whites. The “home” in the title refers to Africa, and a review of the society and living conditions of Africans makes up the bulk of the book. 

The Negro is “cruel and murderous,” parents kill their children, Negros are addicted to sensuality, “Gross, Filthy Feeding,” addicted to cannibalism and blood-drinking, conduct black magic and necromancy, know “how to cut up a fat girl,” practice human sacrifice, and are addicted to every degradation and depravity. In fact, 300 years of missionary efforts had not civilized the African, and when missionaries are not present all reverts to superstition and paganism. 

The author insists that such creatures are not fit to be in white society, let alone rule over it. His aim is to stop Radical Reconstruction in the South.

RARE 1890 Japanese Hymnal with tunes, printed in Japan


Committee of the Itchi and Kumiai Japanese Churches. Hymns of Songs and Praise. Prepared by a Committee, 1888. Revised 1890 / Shinseij Sambika. Tokyo and Osaka: Committee of the Itchi (United) and Kumiai (Congregational) Churches, 1890. Printed by The Seishi Bunsha, Yokohama. 

Full leather binding, scuffed, 6 x 8 1/2 inches, Japanese characters on spine.  Bound in Oriental style from back to front, with the back cover stamped “Shinseij Sambica” with Japanese characters in gilt and decorative tooling. Title page, (14) appx 290 pp. with 289 selections, each with musical score, tune titles in English with hymnal texts in Japanese. Then from front to back, (1) Title page in English, Preface, Contents, Index of Subjects, Index of Tunes, Metrical Index, Index of First Lines, all in English; XIV. pp. total. Occasional marginalia in blue or gray pencil. “Lowry Davis” in pencil on ffep; “Kana Kanzen San, 6 regiment(?)” in pencil on fep. Tp with pull started, some splits to tp hinge with string exposed beneath. Good. Leather_bound.  [ABE1973] $300.00

OCLC 1002919775 with one recorded holding, in Germany. 

Inspired by the Japanese Evangelical Alliance held in Tokyo in May, 1897, a Committee was appointed to prepare and publish a hymnal for use by the Evangelical Churches in Japan.

Rev. George Lowry Davis (1881-1962), American Southern Presbyterian educational missionary who served in Kashing [Jiaxing], China. In 1907 he was appointed to work among the Chinese students who attended the the college and schools in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to Kashing in 1910 and served there until 1949.