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 toning and rubbing to spine, creasing to spine ends, mild offsetting and scattered foxing to endpapers. Very good indeed. Item #262
"THE HIDDEN TRUTHS OF FRANCISCAN LITERATURE" First edition of this first translation of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam's study of the "hidden truths" of the early Franciscan spiritual writings, with a frontispiece portrait of St. Francis (after Tiberio D'Assisi) and three illustrated plates. The "chief literary work" of the founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society studies the devotional verse of St. Francis ("Laudes Creaturarum") and his early disciples, especially Jacopone da Todi ("Stabat Mater Dolorosa"). 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." Contents: 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. Translation of "The Canticle of the Sun" and "The Ode to St. Clare" by J. Slingsby Roberts.