London: Society of SS. Peter and Paul, 1915. First edition. Original gilt brick cloth, uncut. Bookplate. Toning to front joint and spine but gilt bright and corners sharp. A nearly-fine copy. Item #1054
"ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH THEE" Society of SS. Peter and Paul edition of Ronald Knox's addresses on Impetrative Prayer—this copy was donated to Lambeth Palace Library by Samuel Gurney. Bread or Stone lends a sense of Ronald Knox's "public life in the Church of England" during his years as Anglican chaplain of Trinity College, Oxford: "In Holy Week he gave a course of addresses at both St. Mary's Graham Street, and All Saints, Margaret Street, carried by taxi from one crowded congregation to another, just as of an evening in his first years at Oxford he sped from college to college and club to club" (Evelyn Waugh). Printed by the Society of SS. Peter and Paul, and issued during the First World War, this volume collects four conferences: I. Abba Pater, II. Omnia Tibi Possibilia, III. Transfer Calicem Hunc, IV. Non Quod Ego. Knox elaborates on the nature of impetrative prayer, "prayer, that is, which is directed in the first instance, not towards the discipline of our own souls in a particular attitude, or the enjoyment of union with God, but towards the obtaining of special favours from him, whether for ourselves or for others." Knox concedes that praying for special favors is a "baffling subject" but it is particularly appealing in wartime: "in the present moment when we are all using more prayer than before, and more of this kind of prayer than any other." Splendidly illustrated with a frontispiece ("Abba Pater") and three additional captioned plates, and decorated with a gilt ornament to the front board (repeated in black and white on the title page) and initials in the text. Printed by the Chiswick Press, with the Society's emblem printed in black as the colophon. This copy was donated to Lambeth Palace Library by Gurney (the principal designer for the Society), with a bookplate: "Bequeathed to Lambeth Palace Library by Samuel Gurney / 1968." Also with several (later) deaccession stamps: "Sold by Order of Lambeth Palace Library". An excellent copy with an interesting provenance.