Oberaudorf am Inn: Raumbild-Verlag Otto Schonstein, 1950. First edition. Oblong octavo (7 1/2 inches x 8 inches wide), original gold-stamped blue cloth with beveled edges, text booklet bound with string, original dust jacket. Back of dust jacket repaired with clear tape. Nearly-fine. Item #299
ANNO SANTO, THE HOLY YEAR OF 1950. First edition of this guide for Holy Year pilgrims to post-war Rome, a rare complete copy with the dust jacket, all 30 stereographic views, and the original folding stereoscope. Pope Pius XII proclaimed 1950 as a Holy Year (Anno Santo or Annus Sanctus) of Jubilee, and pilgrims thronged the Eternal City. A Holy Year is a devotional practice with medieval origins. "In 1300 Boniface declared a year of jubilee to celebrate the anniversary of the Savior's birth, the first such jubilee in the history of the Church. This event, highly successful, established a pattern for many other Holy Years to follow." (John W. O'Malley, A History of the Popes). The 1950 jubilee encouraged pilgrims to visit each of the four major basilicas, where the most distinctive feature in the ceremonial of the Jubilee is the un-walling and the final walling up of the "holy door" in each of the four great basilicas. The German text supplements a bundle of 30 loose stereographs (stereoviews) and an original stereoscope resting in lowered pockets inside the front board of the book. Verso of each plate with text in German, Italian, Spanish, French, English, and Esperanto. Scarce complete and in the original dust jacket.