London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1920. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, blue top edge, original dust wrapper. Book near-fine, chipping to corners and spine ends of rare original wrapper. Item #300
"CHRISTIANS BELIEVE IN A GOD IMMANENT AND INCARNATE, WHO TRANSFUSES THE WHOLE OF THE LIFE HE HAS CREATED, AND CALLS THAT LIFE IN ITS WHOLENESS TO UNION WITH HIM" First edition of this collection of writings by Evelyn Underhill, a guiding light of modern Anglican spirituality. These essays were written by the Anglo-Catholic mystic between 1912 and 1920, continuing the theme first developed in her Mysticism (1911)--that all people are created to directly experience God. Underhill was fascinated by Catholicism but she never converted and, in fact, she did not become a practicing Anglican until 1921, a year after the publication of this book. Underhill's Anglo-Catholicism continued to mature and she was to move beyond "the vaguely Bergsonian philosophy of her earlier work on The Essentials of Mysticism (1920) to the view of Neo-Scholasticism" (Magill, Masterpieces of Christian Literature) in her later work on the liturgy (Worship, 1936). With a brief Preface, initialed "E. U. August, 1920" and with Dent's catalogue advertising other Underhill and Mystical books. Rare in the original dust wrapper.