Garden City, New York: Image Books, 1958. Original stiff card wrappers (7 1/8 inches tall). Three check marks to margins of table of contents, else Fine. Item #1437
"IN OUR DAY, ANTIPATHY TO CATHOLICISM IS STILL ABUNDANTLY MANIFESTED"
Image Books paperback edition of Ronald Knox's "look at the Eternal Truths of Catholicism"—published shortly after the Monsignor's death and bearing the distinctive Cross and Orb logo of Image Books. A bright, fresh copy with an uncreased spine. A thoughtful gift for a Convert.
First published in 1927 (as part of Ernest Benn's 'What I Believe' series), The Belief of Catholics was "perfectly adapted to its function, and has served as the text-book for countless catechumens" (Evelyn Waugh). This "Complete and Unabridged" Image edition included a short biography of Knox before the title page along with Knox's original Preface ("The Old Palace, Oxford, July 1927") and a brief Preface to the New Edition. American Catholics emerged from the Second World War as a cultural force. More and more Catholics were attending college, subscribing to magazines, and buying books as they joined the middle class. Doubleday founded Image Books in 1954 with a mission to publish quality paperback editions of a host of Catholic books for this new market. "Image released these Catholic classics, now available to a mass audience of readers in a well-edited, attractive, and inexpensive format." (Kevin Starr). Image D72, published in September, 1958. First printed in August, 1958. Approbations. Evelyn Waugh. The Life of the Right Reverend Ronald Knox.; Kevin Starr, The Lost World: American Catholic Non-Fiction at Midcentury.