Ditchling: Pepler & Sewell, St. Dominic's Press, 1935. Limited first edition. Octavo, linen over tan paper boards, buff printed wrapper. Scattered marginal notes in light pencil. Slight creasing and chipping to original dust jacket. A lovely about-fine copy. Item #16
Limited first edition, number 180 of only 300 copies, of this early study of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Appreciations for Hopkins's genius began to trickle in after Robert Bridges oversaw the publication of the first collected edition of Hopkins's work in 1919. That trickle became a flood of scholarship in the 1930s, including this effort by Kelly, a regular contributor to Blackfriars, the magazine published by the English province of the Dominicans. "In the earlier part of his life, Kelly was for a time infatuated with the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and wrote a long essay on it. In his ideas, Hopkins was impeccable: he was both Platonist and Thomist. His poetry, however, was another matter: its forms were innovative and its manner subjective." (William Stoddart, A Scholastic Universalist). Issued as number 2 in the "Stones from a Brook" series, preceded by Father Vincent McNabb's Geoffrey Chaucer: A Study in Genius and Ethics (1934). Dedicated to Father Thomas Gilby, O. P. Errata leaf tipped in at rear. Bookseller's ticket. Approbations.