Boston: Beacon Press, 1957. First edition thus. Octavo, original decorated orange cloth, uncut, original dust jacket. Early owner book label at bottom of front pastedown, partial splitting to inner paper hinge, cloth faded at edges, offsetting to rear endpapers, toning to spine and chipping to corners of dust jacket. A very good book in a very good dust jacket. Item #316
Later edition of the Finnish professor's classic work on the theology of art. First translated into English in 1912, Hirn's book consists of a short Introductory, followed by a text divided into two main parts. The first section concerns the Liturgy and the Church: Catholic Art, The Altar, The Relics, The Reliquary, The Mass, The Holy of Holies, The Host, The Monstrance, The Tabernacle. The second half focuses on Mariology: The Dogma of Mary, The Gospel of Mary, Mary's Conception-Saint Anna. The Childhood of Mary, The Annunciation, The Incarnation, The Visitation, The Virginal Birth. The Holy Manger, The Sorrowing Mother, Mary's Death and Assumption, The Symbols of the Virgin, The Sacred Shrine. Back matter includes Notes, an Index of Authorities Quoted, and an Index of Subjects. Originally published in Swedish in 1909.