Item #1506 The Blissful Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Stanbrook Abbey Press, Julian of Norwich.
The Blissful Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
The Blissful Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
The Blissful Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
The Blissful Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

The Blissful Passion of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Worcester: Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1973. Limited edition. Tall and narrow. Stapled in original mottled gray paper wrappers (9 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches), mounted cover illustration. Bookplate, very slight toning to wrappers. A near-fine copy. Item #1506

"THE LOVE THAT MADE HIM SUFFER PASSETH SO FAR ABOVE ALL HIS PAIN AS HEAVEN IS ABOVE EARTH"

Stanbrook Abbey Press printing of Julian of Norwich's meditations on the Passion of Christ—a limited edition of only 375 copies. The front wrapper reproduces a stained-glass window designed by Moira Forsyth in 1956 for the Church of St. Thomas-on-the-Bourne, Farnham, Surrey.

Julian of Norwich lived in the late fourteenth century, a time which witnessed a "proliferation of new forms of religious expression. Much of the new spirituality emerged from lay people aspiring to lives of holiness outside of conventual religious orders. The yearning for a personal, experiential faith contributed to a flowering of nonmonastic Christian mysticism" (Robert Ellsberg). First founded in 1876, the Stanbrook Abbey Press was revived in the 1950s under the direction of Dame Hildelith Cumming. The Press specialized in high-quality letterpress printing, often embellished with hand-lettering and hand-coloring.

An editorial note precedes the text: "In 1942, the Stanbrook Abbey Press published a series of fourteen meditations on the Stations of the Cross, drawn from Dom Roger Huddleston's edition of the Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich (The Orchard Books, Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd, 1927). The present re-issue, to which a fifteenth station has been added, is to commemorate the sixth centenary of the Shewings which falls in 1973." The text is adapted from the modernized version of Fr. James Walsh's Orchard Books edition (Burns & Oates, 1961).

The tall and narrow "elongated format," with an a symmetrical lay-out of the text, was a further experimentation, it seems, from the SAP's edition of Merton's A Prayer to Cassiodorus (1967). The press also issued 250 deluxe copies, "extra-illustrated" with a second illustration (a detail of Forsyth's portrait of Julian) mounted as a frontispiece. Both issues are quite scarce. Butcher A29; (Sister Hildelith Cumming) The Stanbrook Abbey Press: Ninety-Two Years of its History; Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time.

Price: $75.00

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