Garden City: Image Books, 1965. First edition thus. 12mo, original paper wrappers. Fine. Item #366
"THE SITUATION OF THE CHRISTIAN IN THE WORLD" Handsome paperback edition of this collection of Jacques Maritain's essays on the temporal mission of the Christian, edited by Joseph W. Evans and Leo R. Ward of the University of Notre Dame's Jacques Maritain Center. Jacques Maritain and his wife Raissa converted to Catholicism in 1906 under the influence of Henri Bergson, Léon Bloy, and Charles Péguy. Maritain was perhaps the foremost Thomist of the century but his work transcended the boundaries of neo-scholasticism to encompass a variety of disciplines. T. S. Eliot called Maritain "the most conspicuous figure and probably the most powerful force in contemporary philosophy."
The Jacques Maritain Center was established at Notre Dame in 1957 by Father Ward and Professor Frank Keegan. Professor Evans was the director of the Center until 1979. American Catholics emerged from the Second World War as a cultural force; they joined the middle class and began attending college, subscribing to magazines, and buying books. Doubleday founded Image Books in 1954 to publish paperback editions of a range of Catholic books. "Image released these Catholic classics, now available to a mass audience of readers in a well-edited, attractive, and inexpensive format." (Kevin Starr, The Lost World: American Catholic Non-Fiction at Midcentury). The Image edition is composed of four sections: Part I: The Human Person, Part II: Man and Political Society, III: The Gospel and Human Society, IV: The New Socio-Temporal Order. With the brief original Foreword by the editors, dated "Notre Dame, Indiana/April, 1955." Image D188 published in February, 1965. A crisp, fresh copy.