St. Louis: B. Herder Book Company, 1925. First edition. Octavo, original half white cloth and black paper boards with printed label, original dust jacket. Offsetting to free endpapers, gentle shelf-wear to corners, minor bumping to top of boards, loss to upper margins of dust jacket, not affecting text. Very good indeed. Item #538
"IT IS NOT ONLY AS A SAINT BUT AS A DOMINICAN SAINT OF THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY THAT THOMAS AQUINAS MUST BE JUDGED. YET OF ALL MEDIEVAL SAINTS HE IS ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGIBLE TO MODERNS"
First American printing of a series of lectures, delivered in the spring of 1924 as part of a week-long celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas. The English Province of the Dominicans was "ordered by His Holiness, Pope Pius XI, to hold celebrations in honour of the Sixth Centenary of the Canonisation of St. Thomas Aquinas." The Dominicans responded by organizing festivities at the University of Manchester, from May 26-May 31, 1924. The lectures consisted of an inaugural address, delivered by Professor T.F. Tout: The Place of St. Thomas in History, followed by St. Thomas as a Philosopher (Prof. A.E. Taylor), The Theology of St. Thomas (Aelred Whitacre, O.P.), The Mysticism of St Thomas (Vincent McNabb, O.P.), St. Thomas as an Interpreter of Holy Scripture (Hugh Pope, O.P.), and an Epilogue (Monsignor Gonne). The lectures were complemented by a showcase display in the Rylands Library of several early editions of the works of St. Thomas. This copy is handsome in Art-Deco boards and scarce complete in the original dust jacket, both of which are decorated with the Dominican Hound and motto: "Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare" ("To Praise, to Bless and to Preach" from the Dominican Missal, Preface of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Approbations, including an Imprimatur by Bede Jarrett, O.P. Also printed in Great Britain in 1925.