New York: Sheed & Ward, 1936. First edition. Octavo (8 1/4 inches tall), original staple-bound pictorial wrappers. Gentle toning to wrappers and interiors, staples browned. A near-fine copy. Item #619
"THE NINETEENTH CENTURY LEFT EVERYTHING IN CHAOS; AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THOMISM TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY IS THAT IT MAY GIVE US BACK A COSMOS" Excellent introduction to the work of G.K. Chesterton, published by Sheed and Ward in the year of Chesterton's death, with his portrait on the front wrapper. This thirty-two-page pamphlet, with illustrative extracts from four works by Chesterton, features an epigraph headlining the first page: "Four selections from G.K. Chesterton bearing on his thesis that those who doubt the mind's power of taking hold of reality thereby lose every other hold on reality, and must yield to men who know that they can know." The samples consist of: I. A Cure for Vertigo (from St. Thomas Aquinas), II. Aquinas and Reality (from St. Thomas Aquinas), III. Reality and Energy (from St. Thomas Aquinas), IV. The Return of the Mind (from The Well and the Shadows). The last two leaves reprint a poem ("Envoi") from The Queen of the Seven Swords along with a brief biography and an advertisement for St. Thomas Aquinas (inside the rear wrapper). Frank and Maisie Ward founded the Catholic publishing house of Sheed & Ward in 1926, issuing a share of the steady stream of the Chesterton titles published during the last decade of his life, including, The Queen of the Seven Swords (1926) and The Well and the Shadows (1935), both advertised on the back of the wrapper. This was the fourth of the S&W samplers, providing a "rapid introduction to some of the greatest living Catholic writers" of the day, following: Christopher Dawson (1), Fulton Sheen (2), and Jacques Maritain (3). An excellent piece of ephemera capturing the enduring genius of Chesterton.