London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1957. First edition thus. 16mo. (7 inches tall), original laminated boards. Small ink stamp of Jesuit library to corner of blank flyleaf, gentle peeling along the rear joint. Very good indeed. Item #562
"THE READER WILL DO JUSTICE TO THESE ADDRESSES ONLY IF HE IS PREPARED AND ABLE TO RESCUE THEM FROM THE PRINTED PAGE" First one volume edition collecting the English translation of two addresses by Romano Guardini. The volume opens with a short biography of Guardini and summaries of the two addresses, stressing the special nature of the spoken word in the relationship between priest and congregation and acknowledging the difficulty of transferring this dynamic to the printed page. Guardini was an influential German theologian, "a religious scholar anchored in scripture, with an orientation towards Augustinianism and a philosophical grounding in existentialism." (Kevin Starr, The Lost World). The first essay is a consideration of the reality of the idea of the Living God, a mystery "which passes all understanding." The Rosary of Our Lady includes a brief Preface and two sections: 1). Form and Meaning of the Rosary Devotion, and 2). Short Interpretation of the Mysteries. The text is decorated with miniature illustrated vignettes. The addresses were edited for publication and issued together (with continuous pagination) as part of Longman's The Inner Life Series. Translated from the German by Stanley Godman (The Living God) and H.V. Von Shuecking (The Rosary of Our Lady). Starr, The Lost World: American Catholic Non-Fiction at Midcentury. Approbations.