London: David Nutt, 1914. First edition. Small quarto (8 inches tall), original blue cloth gilt, top edge gilt, uncut. Small bookplate and bookseller's label to front pastedown. Gentle spine toning, mild wear to corners and ends, scattered foxing, text block cracked, boards clean, corners sharp, gilt bright. A near fine copy. Item #262
"THE HIDDEN TRUTHS OF FRANCISCAN LITERATURE" First edition of this first English translation of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam's study of medieval Franciscan literature, illustrated with portraits of St. Francis and St. Clare (after Tiberio D'Assisi) and Blessed Jacopone da Todi. The "chief literary work" of Ozanam, the founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, studies the devotional verse of St. Francis of Assisi (The Canticle of the Sun) and his early disciples, especially the writings of Clare of Assisi and Jacopone da Todi (Stabat Mater Dolorosa). With an Introduction by Amy E. Nellen, declaring "To Ozanam we are indebted for the discovery of the importance of Jacopone—that Laureate of Folly—who was content to win for himself scorn and derision, and to be judged a fool in the eyes of the world in order to win wisdom in the sight of God." Consists of five sections: Chapter I. Popular Poetry in Italy before and after St. Francis, Chapter II. St. Francis, Chapter III. The First Followers of St. Francis, Chapter IV. Jacopone Da Todi, The Mystic Poet, Chapter V. The Poems of Jacopone. Each chapter is supplemented with extensive endnotes. This copy with the bookplate of J. Slingsby Roberts (the translator of this edition's "The Canticle of the Sun" and "The Ode to St. Clare") and the occult booksellers label of Samuel Weiser, then located at 845 Broadway on New York City's "Book Row." A handsome copy with interesting provenance.