London: The Society of SS. Peter & Paul, 1916. Disbound leaf, measuring 7 3/8 inches tall, retaining deckle-edge and original tissue-guard, . About Fine. Item #468
"THUS THEY SET FOOT UPON THE SHORES OF PARADISE" Stunning color-printed plate, part of a suite of illustrations prepared by Martin Travers for James Wilke's 1916 re-telling of the legends of the voyage of St. Brendan the Navigator and his companions in search of the Isle of the Blessed. Spotting the snow-capped peaks on the island, the monks come ashore where "they are led beside the quiet waters by one clad, as it were, in a sheen of light, whose voice is soft and low and sweet as the winds of twilight." The illustration is decorated with a captioned border in the plate: "'Dear Brothers in Christ, why do you not take this noble beautiful land wherein a human beings blood hath never been spilt.' Thus they set foot upon the shores of Paradise." An early Irish monastic saint, Brendan is one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland and the patron saint of mariners and sailors. The legends of Brendan the Navigator endure to this day among the coastal communities of the North Atlantic seaways. Brendan is venerated in the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox traditions and the Feast of Saint Brendan is celebrated on May 16th. S. Brendan the Voyager and His Mythic Quest was published by The Society of SS. Peter and Paul, the Anglo-Catholic publishing house established for the original purpose of preparing liturgical works for the English Church.