New York: Hawthorn, 1961. First edition. Folio, half blue cloth over paper boards, cartographic endpapers, red top edge, bumping to the front corners, mild scuffing to the price-clipped dust jacket, small chip to the base of the back panel. Very good indeed. Item #485
"A PILGRIMAGE IN WORDS AND PICTURES" First edition of a pilgrimage to the Holy Sites in Israel in the company of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. Published during the Lenten season of 1961, This is the Holy Land was part of the publisher's series of devotional guides that included This is the Mass, This is the Rosary, and This is Rome. In addition to the noted photographer Yousef Karsh, Bishop Sheen was joined by H.V. Morton, "the world's greatest living travel writer." This is the Holy Land Generously was lavishly illustrated by Karsh with an eight-page insert of color photographs, placed before the title page, culminating in a glorious frontispiece of Sheen holding a lamb (reproduced as the back panel of the dust jacket). The contents include: A Foreword (Sheen), Prelude, The Holy Places, The Coming, The Ministry, The Way of the Cross, An Afterword (Sheen). Like This is the Mass, this pilgrimage had a family flavor as Sheen was accompanied by his grand-nephews, Jerry and Fulton Cunningham: "While other boys want to go in space ships to the sun, stars and moon, these boys wanted to see the scenes where a Lady lived who had the moon under her feet, and the twelve apostles as stars about her heart, and the sun, who is the Son of God, above her head." Dust jacket designed by Ernest Reichl. Approbations. An inspiring introduction to the land where Jesus walked.