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 wrapper, not affecting text. A near-fine copy. Item #538
"THE WHOLE CHURCH IS THE SCHOOL OF AQUINAS"
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. Bound in Art-Deco-style black-and-white boards with printed label and complete in the scarce original dust wrapper. Both the label and the wrapper 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).
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.). An Epilogue (Monsignor Gonne) concludes: "The whole Church is the school of Aquinas. Daily his voice is raised." The lectures were complemented by a showcase display in the Rylands Library of several early editions of the works of St. Thomas. Approbations, including the Imprimatur of Bede Jarrett, O.P. Also printed in Great Britain in 1925. Rare complete and in this overall condition. Rare.