New York: Ridge Press/Odyssey Press, 1964. First edition. Small folio (11 3/4 inches tall), original stamped gold cloth. Top of spine bumped, closed tear and minor wear to clipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy, rare in the dust jacket. Item #140
"EVERY BELIEVER IN THIS WORLD OF OURS MUST BE A SPARK OF LIGHT" First edition of this elegant edition printing John XXIII's entire 15,000 word encyclical, illustrated with photographs by Ansel Adams, Bruce Davidson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Marc Riboud, Cornell Capa, and many others. From the Foreword: "In Easter Week of 1963, less than two months before his death Pope John XXIII issued his encyclical letter Pacem in Terris. It was a message of unique and monumental significance—unique because it was the first papal encyclical ever to be addressed beyond the limits of the Roman Catholic community to men of goodwill everywhere in the world, and monumental because it was immediately taken to heart by people of all faiths as a basic statement of the rights and responsibilities of man in the conduct of life and the achievement of peace on earth." (The Editors). Also issued in soft paper wrappers. With Imprimatur: "Francis Cardinal Spellman/Archbishop of New York/Aug. 6, 1964"