New York: Sheed & Ward, 1939. First edition. Octavo, original oatmeal cloth, original dust jacket. Light toning to spine and edges of book, staining to gutters of pastedowns, spine of bright dust jacket toned, spine ends and corners chipped and creased. Very good indeed. Item #177
"CAMPION IS SUNG BY ONE WHO WILL FOLLOW HIM TO TYBURN. SOUTHWELL AND WALPOLE UTTER IN ENGLISH VERSE THE DEVOUT BELIEFS THEY ARE SOON TO WRITE MORE IMPERISHABLY IN THEIR BLOOD" First edition of this anthology of Elizabethan Catholic verse, over 25 years in the making. Recusant Poets was originally projected as a multi-volume edition (hence the roman numeral on the title page) before the American-born poet and editor, Louise Imogen Guiney, died at Oxford in 1920. The project was then supplemented by Edward O'Brien and guided to completion by Geoffrey Bliss, S. J. The term "recusants" (derived from the Latin, recusare, to refuse or object) and was used to describe the Catholic families who dissented from the newly-established Church of England. These families, many of them rooted in the northern counties, clung to their Roman faith in the face of harsh restrictions and penalties, exile and martyrdom. The poems collected here range from devotional verse to lamentations over the rupture of the unity of Christendom. With Dedication in Latin: "PATRIBUS/FIDE ARTESANGUINE/NOSTRIS/LABOR ET COR" and Grace Guiney's Preface, dated "Oxford, November 2nd, 1938." With an unsigned Introduction by Father Bliss. Back matter includes The Index of First Lines, The Glossary, and The Index of Names. A lovely copy complete with the scarce mottled pink dust wrapper.