London: The Society of SS. Peter and Paul, 1923. First edition. Tall octavo (9 inches tall), original pictorial olive cloth, stamped in black, uncut. Early ink signature (July 1923), mild tanning to blank flyleaves, A near-fine copy. Item #1294
"GO OUT AND LOOK FOR JESUS"
First edition collecting the sermons, speeches, and papers delivered before the Second Anglo-Catholic Congress of 1923. Printed by the Chiswick Press and published by the Society of SS. Peter and Paul in a pictorial binding by Martin Travers.
Inaugurated in the aftermath of the Great War, the Anglo-Catholic Congress hoped to renew the spirit of the Oxford Movement by harnessing the enthusiasm of a modern generation. The Congress convened for the first time in London in 1920 and gathered for a second time in July 1923. The central theme was "The Gospel of God" and this collection includes: The Second Anglo-Catholic Congress (overview), Introduction (The Editors), Sermon, Presidential Address, Papers and Addresses (numbered I-XXIII), Closing Sermon.
This volume includes an engraved vignette on the front board of the binding (by Martin Travers), another on the red-and-black title-page (by W.M.R. Quick), along with historiated initials and illustrated tailpieces decorating the text.
The climax of the second Congress was "Our Present Duty," an address containing a "moving appeal by Frank Weston of Zanzibar, which was as notable for its social gospel as for its devotion to the Blessed Sacrament" (Geoffrey Rowell). Bishop Weston challenged his audience to "Go out and look for Jesus in the ragged, in the naked, in the oppressed and the sweated, in those who have lost hope, in those who are struggling to make good. Look for Jesus." Printed for the SSPP at the Chiswick Press, with the Chiswick colophon on the verso of the title page. An 8-page catalogue ("Advertisements") listing various ecclesiastical goods and services is appended to the text.