London and New York: Sheed and Ward, 1956. First edition. Octavo, original maroon cloth, original dust jacket. Bookplate. Both the book and the dust jacket are in excellent condition. A nearly-fine copy. Item #420
'LUMEN ET DECUS EXIMIUM' OF THE ENGLISH NATION First edition of John Henry Newman's diaries and autobiographical writings, in a lovely example of the dust jacket designed by Edgar Holloway. This project, edited by the Oratorian priest and longtime Newman scholar, Henry Tristam, was still unfinished at Father Tristam's death in February 1955 and it was guided to final completion by another editor. The Foreword by C. Stephen Dessain (dated "The Oratory/Birmingham/June 1956") declares: "The Autobiographical Writings crown Father Tristam's work on Newman." Father Tristam admits in his General Introduction that these papers of Newman's cannot claim to be unpublished material "but it may be claimed without qualification that they have not hitherto been published in their original form." The book consists of a General Introduction and seven sections, each with an Introduction by Tristam: I. An Autobiography in Miniature, II. Two Autobiographical Sketches, III. The Autobiographical Memoir, IV. My Illness in Sicily, V. The Journals. Three Early Journals. The Journal, 1859-1879, VI. Memorandum about My Connection with the Catholic University. Imprimatur.