St. Louis: B. Herder Book Company, 1925. First edition. Octavo (8 3/4 inches tall), original half white cloth and black paper boards with printed label, original dust jacket. Mild tanning and offsetting to blank endpapers, gentle shelf-wear to corners, minor bumping to top of boards, small loss to upper margins of jacket, not affecting text. Very good indeed. Item #538
"THE WHOLE CHURCH IS THE SCHOOL OF AQUINAS" Scarce 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 26-31, 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 were 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 the Imprimatur of Bede Jarrett, O.P. Also printed in Great Britain in 1925. A bright, clean copy complete with the original dust jacket.