Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1973. Early edition. Small octavo, original teal cloth, original dust jacket. Trace of toning to the top of the front panel. About-fine. Item #561
"WE MAY SAY THAT IN ESSENCE ONE SINGLE EVERLASTING FESTIVAL IS BEING CELEBRATED" Handsome early edition of Josef Pieper's study of the philosophical origins of festivity. An epigraph by St. John Chrysostom: "Ubi Caritas Gaudet ibi est Festivas" ("Where Love Rejoices, there is Festivity") establishes Pieper's focus for this essay, a further development of his meditation on leisure. Pieper recognizes the divine inspiration of celebration and ceremony: "Secular as well as religious festivals have their roots in the rituals of worship." True festivity distinguishes between love and pleasure, between the sacred and the commercial. "This is a major theme in his work. There is no real festivity without the gods, whether we are speaking about a marriage or a holiday. We can have periods in which we rest from labor—for the sake of returning to labor. But it is only in that foretaste of the eternal we sense during a true festivity that man touches on a essential feature of the world." (Robert Royal. A Deeper Vision). The nine short chapters are prefaced by A Note to the Reader (presumably by the translators), lending context to the translation: "The German word Fest embraces the meanings of English feast, festival festivity, fete, holiday, and kindred notions. The German Feier from Latin feria) also has broad spectrum of meanings: celebration, solemnation, leisure, time after work, holiday, etc." First published in Munich in 1963, followed by the 1965 first edition in English, translated by Richard and Clara Winston. This edition was issued by the Franciscan Herald Press in a series dubbed, on the back panel of the dust jacket, as "Topics for Our Times."