London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1943. Early printing. Original green paper wrappers (6 3/4 inches tall) lettered in black. Slight browning to interiors, gentle wear to toned spine ends, mild creasing and soiling to wrappers but still quite sound. A near-fine copy. Item #1114
"TRADITION MEANS GIVING VOTES TO THE MOST OBSCURE OF ALL CLASSES, OUR ANCESTORS. IT IS THE DEMOCRACY OF THE DEAD"
Second World War edition of G.K. Chesterton's most important book—a handsome copy in the original green soft paper wrappers. "Orthodoxy was Chesterton's first explicitly Christian title and his biographer, Maisie Ward, considered it so important that 'more must be said of it than his other published works'" (Joseph Pearce). Chesterton's stirring affirmation of Christianity inspired the spiritual journeys of successive generations of Roman and Anglo-Catholics, but it is often forgotten that both Heretics (1905) and Orthodoxy pre-date Chesterton's conversion to Catholicism: "Although famous as a Catholic apologist, Chesterton's formal conversion to Catholicism came only in 1922 when he was 48. But he had been traveling in this direction for many years. One of his most famous books, Orthodoxy, a defense of traditional Christianity, was published in 1908. The book was inspired by the remark of a reader of his previous book, Heretics, who challenged him to state the standpoint from which he dismissed the views of everyone else. So he had set out to define his own religion, only to realize that a definition already existed in the creeds of Christianity" (Robert Ellsberg). Orthodoxy was first published by John Lane in September 1908 in a green cloth binding, echoed by the green paper wrapper of this wartime edition. An excellent copy of a landmark. of the Catholic Tradition. Pearce. Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief. Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time. John Sullivan. G.K. Chesterton: A Bibliography, 13A.