New York: Fordham University Press, 1942. First edition. Small folio (10 inches tall), original teal blue cloth, illustrated endpapers, uncut, original dust jacket. Book near-fine with mild bumping to corners, dust jacket with small chips to the corners. A near-fine copy. Item #210
"THE LILY OF THE MOHAWKS" First edition of Father Holland's prose poem in honor of Kateri Tekakwitha, charmingly illustrated throughout by LeRoy H. Appleton with engraved and colored headpieces, tailpieces, and vignettes. Kateri Tekakwitha was born in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, near Albany, New York in 1656. She was baptized in 1676 and took a vow of perpetual virginity before dying in a Jesuit mission near Montreal in 1680.
The Lily of the Mohawks was part of the efforts of the Fordham Jesuits to advance the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Venerable Kateri Tekakwitha. Father Holland was inspired to emulate Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha while editing the positio in support of her canonization (an ad appears on the back panel of the jacket). The book is dedicated to John J. Wynne, S.J. "in respectful tribute to the devoted Vice Postulant of her Cause for Beatification and Canonization" and the book was printed on water-marked paper by Fordham University Press. Contact was invited in care of "The Tekakwitha League" at 400 East Fordham Road.
Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Native American to be canonized. She was pronounced Venerable by Pius XII in June, 1942. John Paul II beatified her in 1980 and Kateri was finally canonized by Benedict XVI in October, 2012, sixty years after the Jesuits took up the cause. Father Holland's acknowledgements, dated "Fordham University/December 1, 1942," are printed on the verso of the last leaf. Approbations. A lovely book.