New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1947. First edition thus. 24mo. (6 inches tall), original brown pebbled cloth, original dust jacket. Fine. Item #109
'KNOW, MY SON, MY MUCH BELOVED, THAT I AM THE EVER TRUE VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE TRUE GOD"
First edition thus of Fr. George Lee's study of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with a lovely frontispiece and a fine example of the original illustrated dust jacket.
First printed in Baltimore in 1897, this edition appeared fifty years later, shortly after the end of the Second World War. The text is preceded by Fr. George Lee's brief (but valuable) original Foreword: "The Guadalupan story is extraordinarily admirable: it needs but fair telling to win every Catholic heart." Writing from Duquesne University, Lee assures the reader that he has surveyed "all that concerns this first of American devotions" and recommends two special seventeenth-century sources—by the Oratorian Becerra Tanco (1667) and the Jesuit Francisco Florencia (1686)—among others. A brief Preface, by John J. Cantwell, Archbishop of Los Angeles is added: "May this little work...announce once more the glad tidings that winter is over and gone, and that flowers have again appeared in our land." The blessing by the Archbishop of Los Angeles underscores the new prominence of the Pacific coast, drenched in the rich devotional traditions of Mexico, in the post-war American church. The text concludes with an epilogue, "The Mother of Jesus was There," a chronology of Marian apparitions and intercessions, as well as Archbishop Cantwell's "Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe." Approbations, dated December 12, 1946, the "Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe." Scarce complete in dust jacket and in this overall condition.