New York: Brentano's, 1930. First American edition. Quarto (14 3/4 inches tall), original pictorial paper boards. Corners bumped, slight wear to spine and edges of original boards. Very good indeed. Item #194
"WE ARE LOST. WE HAVE BURNED A SAINT" First American edition of Funck-Brentano's pictorial biography of Joan of Arc, gloriously illustrated with 40 color-printed plates by O. D. V. Guillonnet. The legend of the "Maid of Orleans" grew after her execution in 1431 and she has a special relationship with France. She was pronounced innocent by the Inquisition in 1456 and declared a martyr, adopted by the Catholic League in the 16th century wars against the Ottoman Turks, and declared a national symbol of France by Napoleon in 1803. The English long regarded her as a witch but fascination with Joan surged in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Britain and America as she was celebrated by Southey, Carlyle, De Quincey, Twain, Lang, Shaw, Sackville-West, Churchill and many others. After the carnage of World War I, the Holy See saw Joan as an emblem of Catholic unity and moved to erase any lingering Gallicanism, ease tensions with French Catholics, and repair relations with the Third Republic. "In 1920, Benedict XV canonized Joan of Arc, a symbolic gesture much appreciated after the complete rupture between church and state under Pius X. The government of France sent representatives to the canonization ceremony, a symbolic gesture much appreciated by the other side" (John O'Malley, A History of the Popes). Joan of Arc is one of the patron saints of France. Her Saint's Day is May 30 (the day she was burned at the stake) and she is the patron saint of Children. First published in France in 1912 and reprinted in 1929. The plates are framed with decorative borders, captioned in French, and mounted on stubbs. This edition was translated by Madame Régis Michaud. The last leaf, "Sources of the History of "Jeanne D'Arc," initialed by "Fr. F-B," discusses a number of recent biographies in French and English.