London: Macdonald and Evans, 1908. First edition. Original red cloth (6 5/8 inches tall), gilt title and decoration to spine, gilt armorial to front, top edge gilt, uncut. Slight lean to toned spine, mild offsetting to blank flyleaves. Very good indeed. Item #1081
"BLESSED EDMUND CAMPION WAS 'A RELIGIOUS GENIUS,' WITH A CREATIVE SPIRITUALITY GIVEN TO FEW, EVEN AMONG THE CANONIZED CHILDREN OF THE FOLD"
First edition of Louise Imogen Guiney's Life of the Jesuit Proto-Martyr of England—illustrated with a captioned frontispiece (with original tissue guard) and 5 additional color plates. Campion entered the Society of Jesus in Rome in 1573. After a long winding sojourn on the continent, Father Campion arrived in England in 1580 and was conducting an underground ministry when he was arrested by priest hunters. Convicted of high treason, Campion was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn ("Victory : December 1, 1581"). Based on the work of Richard Simpson and John Hungerford Pollen, this Life of Blessed Edmund Campion was begun while Guiney was working on her Recusant Poets (published posthumously in 1939). With Guiney's Latin dedication to the English Jesuits and a brief Prefatory Note (" L. I. G. / St. Ives, Cornwall, Epiphany, 1908") acknowledging a fundamental debt to Richard Simpson's Edmund Campion, Jesuit Protomartyr of England as well John Hungerford Pollen's subsequent research. Campion was Beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and later canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Part of the publisher's St. Nicholas Series (which also included biographies of Thomas More, Joan of Arc, and Thomas of Canterbury), edited by the Rev. Dom Bede Camm, O.S.B., with gilt arms to the front board and a List of Volumes on the final leaf ("Each volume has Six Illustrations reproduced by the three-colour process"). With the fine armorial bookplate of the Convent of the Immaculate Conception O.S.F. Bocking Essex to front endpaper. Approbations.