New York: Random House, 1966. First edition. Four volumes (3.75 inches tall), original purple cloth, original paper slipcase. Books fine. Only minor scuffing to scarce original paper slipcase. Item #59
First edition of this miniature set, featuring eulogies by Queen Elizabeth, Nikita Khrushchev, Eamon de Valera, Charles de Gaulle, Earl Warren, Adlai Stevenson, and John F. Kennedy, The four volumes in this little set—Wit, Wisdom, Faith, Eulogies—illustrate different aspects of the Pope's character and the reaction to his death. The "Faith" volume is composed of quotes from the encyclical Pacem in Terris. “John saw himself as a reconciler. In statement after statement he emphasized the church’s significance as a supra-political spiritual force in the world. His greatest claim on the world’s affection, however, rested on the warmth of his personality… When he died in 1963, it was generally recognized that he had become one of the best-loved men in the world” (Britannica Online). A warm and moving tribute attesting to the global esteem for "Good Pope John." Each volume features illustrated endpapers, a frontispiece portrait, and historiated initial by Jan Menting.