London: The Society of SS. Peter& Paul, 1921. Octavo (9 inches tall) original red cloth, spine and front board printed and decorated in black, uncut. Early owner signature (Christmas 1921), slight tanning to endpapers, modest toning to boards, base of spine worn with loss, rear corners slightly bumped. Very good indeed. Item #1486
"IF WE WERE TO WIN ENGLAND FOR CHRIST WE MUST PRAY HARDER (WE PUT IT TO OURSELVES THUS BLUNTLY) AND WORK MUCH HARDER TOO"
First edition documenting the First Anglo-Catholic Priests' Convention—printed by the Chiswick Press for the Society of SS. Peter & Paul. The illustrated binding is initialed and dated by Martin Travers and the title page (with vignette by W.M.R. Quick) is printed in red and black.
Twelve hundred priests gathered in Oxford over four days in July 1921 to attend the convention, the successor to the First Anglo-Catholic Congress (held the previous June). These gatherings heralded a post-war revival in the Anglican Communion: "The Anglo-Catholic Congresses themselves were a symptom of the enthusiasm of a new generation following the First World War" (Geoffrey Rowell). The theme chosen for the convention was "Priestly Efficiency" and the Introduction by the editors sets a practical tone: "It is not enough that a Priest shall be cultured, though culture is infinitely desirable—not even enough that he shall be humble and self-sacrificing and eagerly industrious. There is always the primary need that he shall know his business. There is a craft called Priestcraft, and he must diligently set himself to learn it."
The convention was inaugurated on July 19th with a Pontifical High Mass of the Holy Ghost at St. Barnabas' Church followed by the Lord Bishop of Oxford's sermon, delivered at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. The sixteen papers read at the convention are divided here into three sections: 1. Intellectual Efficiency, 2. Practical Efficiency, and 3. Personal Efficiency. The last meeting, The Mission to the People of England (in two parts), is followed by a concluding description of a private Special Meeting, designed to translate the personal inspiration of the convention into practical action, "to help to make every Priest able to bear more effective witness in the world outside." Bound with a thick catalogue of Advertisements presenting a wide array of ecclesiastical goods and devotional items. The final leaf features a half-page illustration of an "East Window, designed & carried out by Martin Travers," on the recto and a lovely, illustrated colophon on the verso. Rowell, The Vision Glorious: Themes and Personalities of the Catholic Revival in Anglicanism.