London: The Society of SS Peter and Paul, 1916. Small octavo, conjugate frontispiece and title-page, disbound, each leaf measuring 7 3/8 inches tall, retaining deckle-edges. Item #468
Gorgeous pictorial frontispiece and illustrated title-page, part of a suite of illustrations prepared by Martin Travers to accompany S. Brendan The Voyager and His Mythic Quest (1916), James Wilke's re-telling of the legends of Brendan's Voyage in search of the Isle of the Blessed. The frontispiece is captioned: "AND THEN S. BRANDON BADE THE SHIPMAN TO WIND UP THE SAIL AND THEY SAILED FORTH IN GOD’S NAME THAT THE MORROW THEY WERE OUT OF SIGHT OF ANY LAND" The frontispiece is signed by Travers in the plate in the lower right corner.
Brendan was one of the early Irish monastic saints and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He is the patron saint of mariners and sailors and the legends endure among the coastal communities of the North Atlantic. Brendan is venerated in the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox traditions and the Feast of Saint Brendan is celebrated on May 16. S. Brendan the Voyager was published by The Society of SS Peter and Paul, the Anglo-Catholic publishing house established in 1910 for the original purpose of preparing liturgical works for the English Church. The title page features the society's yellow and white colophon flanked by cherubs.