New York: P. J. Kenedy Sons, 1922. First edition. Small octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Ink owner stamp to bottom edge of the text block, toning to spine, two short closed tears and mild soiling to panels of dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #276
"IGNATIUS WAS A MYSTIC WHO LOVED GOD WITH AN INTENSITY RARE EVEN FOR SAINTS" First edition of this biography of the Founder of the Society of Jesus, by an English Jesuit historian of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. "Ignatius was a mystic who loved God with an intensity rare even for saints. He wasn't a reknowned scholar like Augustine or Aquinas, not a martyr like Peter or Paul, not a great writer like Teresa or Benedict, and perhaps not a beloved personality like Francis or Therese. But he loved God and loved the world, and those two things he did quite well." (James Martin, My Life with the Saints). Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait by Jacopino del Conte and three additional plates. With Dedication: "To/Ignatius of Loyola/On the Third Centenary/Of his Canonization/1622-1922." Father Pollen was the son of John Hungerford Pollen, Sr., an Oxford Movement convert to Catholicism. Rare in the original dust jacket.