Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1907. Four volumes bound in three. Folio (11 3/4 inches tall), early brown cloth, black morocco spine labels. Bookplate. Scrape to spine label for volume II, minor edge-wear to sturdy cloth bindings. A rare complete set in near-fine condition. Item #349
"CHRISTIAN ART HAS BEEN FOR CENTURIES MISUNDERSTOOD AND UNDERVALUED" Rare complete run of this abundantly illustrated periodical devoted to the arts and architecture of the church, this set bound in uniform cloth bindings. Christian Art was a monthly Anglo-American magazine devoted to a full range of the ecclesiastical arts. The magazine was edited by the Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram with the Rev. P. H. Ditchfield serving as the Associate Editor for Great Britain and Ireland. Each issue included a consistent feature, such as an essay on iconography, entitled "Saints and their Symbols" and concluded with an editorial by Cram. Volume I opens with a folding frontispiece reproducing George Hallowell's triptych, "The Epiphany" (All Saints' Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts) preceding the first essay: The Significance of Christian Art. Other notable contributions included Louise Imogen Guiney's The Gothic Afterglow in Oxford (May, 1907), Will Hutchins Giotto's Frescoes (June, 1907). Dom Roger Huddleston's Downside Abbey (July, 1907), and Gregorian Music: The Only True Music for Catholic Worship (December, 1907). Contents: Volume I: April, 1907 to September, 1907, Volume II: October, 1907 to March, 1908, Volumes III-IV: April, 1908 to December, 1908. Printed by the Gorham Press and published by Ralph Badger of Boston. This set is bound in brown library buckram with the original printed wrappers bound at the rear. Publication ceased with volume 4, number 3 in December 1908. A splendid, complete set.