New York: Ridge Press/Odyssey Press, 1964. First edition. Small folio (11 3/4 inches tall), original stamped gold cloth. Imperceptible wear to spine ends and corners. A beautiful copy. Item #53
POPE JOHN XXIII'S "PACEM IN TERRIS" First edition of this elegant illustrated printing of Pope John XXIII's "Pacem in Terris," the dying pontiff's global benediction in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis. From the Foreword: "In Easter Week of 1963, less than two months before his death Pope John XXIII issued his encyclical letter Pacem in Terris. It was a message of unique and monumental significance—unique because it was the first papal encyclical ever to be addressed beyond the limits of the Roman Catholic community to men of goodwill everywhere in the world, and monumental because it was immediately taken to heart by people of all faiths as a basic statement of the rights and responsibilities of man in the conduct of life and the achievement of peace on earth." (The Editors). This folio edition prints the entire 15,000 word encyclical, illustrated with photographs by Ansel Adams, Bruce Davidson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Marc Riboud, Cornell Capa, and many others. John XXIII died on June 3, 1963. Also issued in soft paper wrappers. This copy without the rare dust jacket. With an Imprimatur: "Francis Cardinal Spellman/Archbishop of New York/Aug 6, 1964."