Dublin: Dominican Publications, 1978. First edition. Tall octavo, original pictorial paper boards with gilt titles, black endpapers. A bright, fine copy. Item #552
"SAINT DOMINIC USED ALSO OFTEN TO PRAY, THROWING HIMSELF DOWN FLAT ON HIS FACE ON THE GROUND" Charming small press edition of a medieval work, remembering the devotions passed down by St. Dominic to his followers in the Order of Preachers. The Nine Ways of Prayer, composed in the middle of the thirteenth century—and derived from a manuscript known as the Codex Rossianus—are drawn here from a critical edition edited by Innocenzio Taurisano, O.P. in 1922. Edited and translated by Simon Tugwell, with his Introduction and Notes. Tugwell emphasizes the medieval, the monastic, and the physical nature of early Dominican prayer: "The teaching of the Nine Ways presupposes the medieval monastic tradition and emerges from it. Its insistence on tears, for instance, is wholly monastic and traditional, as is, more generally, the degree of emotional involvement in prayer that it envisages. But, as the author himself points out, there is a very special emphasis on bodily prayer, which may well derive from Dominic himself." The prayers are illustrated by Sheelagh Wilsden, O.P. (after the miniatures in Codex Rossianus 3 in the Vatican Library) with her Artist's Note on the Drawings, emphasizing her "personal interpretation" of "the bodily gestures St. Dominic used in prayer." Designed by Liam Miller and printed at the Dolmen Press for the Irish Dominicans.