London: The Harvill Press, 1952. First Edition. 12mo. (7 1/2 inches tall), original red cloth, original dust jacket. Slight wear to edges of dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #298
"THUS WAS I LEARNED THAT LOVE WAS OUR LORD'S MEANING" (JULIAN OF NORWICH). First edition of this collection of passages on prayer selected from previously unpublished medieval manuscripts. Contents: God Our Father, Our Lord, Our Lady, Prayer to the Good Angel, Instructions on Prayer, Meditations, Trials and Temptations, Preparation for Contemplative Life, Illumination, The Work of Contemplation - I, The Work of Contemplation - II. The first part of the book contains extracts from unpublished manuscripts while the second section focuses on the work of four great contemplatives of the 14th century: Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, and the (unknown) author of the 'Cloud of Unknowing.' "Then shoult thou feel thine affection inflamed with the fire of his love, far more than I can tell thee or may or will at this time. For of that work that falleth only to God dare I not take upon me to speak with my blabbering fleshy tongue." Edited by the medievalist Clare Kirchberger and dedicated "For Conrad Pepler." Pepler was a Dominican, the editor of The Life of the Spirit, and the son of Hilary Pepler, an early member of the Ditchling community. Kirchberger's Editor's Foreword, dated "Oxford/Passiontide, 1952" declares: "These writings present "a distinctly English conception and expression of spirituality which is in marked contrast to Post-Reformation Catholic writings. This is the hereditary treasure of the English mind and language by which our age could be enriched." Also includes an Introduction by another English Dominican, Godfrey Anstruther, O. P.
A wonderful source of late medieval English spirituality.