Item #1408 The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way. R. M. French.
The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way

The Way of a Pilgrim; and The Pilgrim Continues His Way

London: S.P.C.K., 1960. Original pale green cloth, gilt spine, original dust jacket. Slight wear to price-clipped dust jacket. An excellent copy. Item #1408

"BY THE GRACE OF GOD I AM A CHRISTIAN MAN, BY MY ACTIONS A GREAT SINNER, AND BY CALLING A HOMELESS WANDERER"

Handsome post-war printing of the English translation of The Way of a Pilgrim—together with The Pilgrim Continues His Way. This edition is iIlustrated with a frontispiece and three additional plates, all by Hans Feibusch. A bright copy of a classic of Russian spiritual literature.

The Way of the Pilgrim is the first-hand account of an anonymous wanderer traveling across nineteenth-century Russia in a quest to learn to "Pray without Ceasing." The narrative was first translated in 1930 by R.M. French, an Anglican clergyman who had encountered The Way while living in northern Russia in the 1920's. French located a copy of the rare first printed edition (Kazan, 1884) of a manuscript found by the Abbot of St. Michael's Monastery in the possession of a monk on Mount Athos. Troubled by the scriptural instruction to "Pray without Ceasing," the unnamed Pilgrim "became obsessed with discovering their meaning. Finally he encountered a holy monk who introduced him to the ancient Byzantine tradition of 'heyschia' (stillness or rest in God) and to the Jesus Prayer that lies at the heart of this spirituality" (Robert Ellsberg). With the prefatory "To the Reader" by Walterus Truron: "Try a little journey with this pilgrim; for you will find him very good company." Also included is French's short original Introduction (and his brief Note to Second Edition, dated, "Hampstead, 1952"), introducing the hesychast method of prayer and recommending the Pilgrim's narrative: "No one can miss the charm of these travel notes in the simple directness with which they are told and the clear-cut sketches of people which they contain." The text is supplemented with a brief collection of notes in two parts: Notes / Biographical Notes. The book concludes with two simple maps. Robert Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time.

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