London: Henry Frowde/Oxford University Press, 1913. Later edition. Octavo, original red cloth with gilt and blind- stamped spine. The text block is cracked between title and contents pages but the red cloth boards are sharp-cornered, fresh and bright. Item #195
Comprehensive "Oxford Edition" of John Henry Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua, collecting the two versions of 1864 and 1865. This handsome Edwardian edition of Newman's masterpiece features a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Newman (captioned "John Henry Newman, 1844/From the drawing by W. Richmond in the National Portrait Gallery") and a lengthy Introduction by Wilfrid Ward, Newman's biographer (and the father of Maisie Ward). Ward's two-volume biography, John Henry Cardinal Newman, had appeared the previous year. "The Apologia is mainly an attempt to persuade people of the genuineness of his profession by recounting the history of his opinions. The book is, in effect, a spiritual autobiography." (Frank Magill, Masterpieces of Christian Literature). Menendez, The Road to Rome, 124.