London: The Society of SS Peter and Paul, 1916. Small octavo. Disbound conjugate leaf, each image measuring 6 1/4 by 4 1/2 inches, and overall measuring 7 1/4 tall by 10 inches across. Original tissue-guard professionally removed from title-page, retaining deckle-edge. Housed in a custom, hinged black cardboard window mat. Ready to be framed. Item #468
Wonderful color-printed Diptych depicting the beginning of Saint Brendan's Voyage. This original joined frontispiece and title-page opened the suite of illustrations prepared by Martin Travers to accompany "S. Brendan The Voyager and His Mythic Quest," James Wilke's 1916 re-telling of the legends of Brendan's pilgrimage by sea in search of the Isle of the Blessed. The frontispiece is initialed by Travers in the plate and captioned in the border: "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."
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 charming yellow-and-white colophon flanked by cherubs. Rare.