New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1965. First limited edition. Octavo, original three-quarter red morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt, original paper slipcase. Original slipcase lightly worn at the corners. Book fine. Item #62
"THE HUMBLE YOUNG PRIEST OF LONG AGO HAS BEEN PLACED IN THE CHAIR OF ST. MARK" Deluxe limited first American edition, number 18 of 500 copies, of Journal of a Soul. This volume presents John XXIII’s diary, begun in 1895 while at seminary, and many other previously unpublished writings. “Indispensable for those who would understand the mind which originated the updating of the Roman Catholic Church” (New York Times, contemporary review). Illustrated with photographic frontispiece and 44 photographs and manuscript facsimiles. "He was faithful to his diary all his life...Shortly after he died portions of it were published entitled, in the English-language edition, The Journal of a Soul. This is the first time in history, if we make a very qualified exception for the diary of Pius II in the fifteenth century, that a Pope has left us such a record of his thoughts, reactions, and spiritual values. The diary is an incomparable help in understanding this complex, yet also simple man." (John O'Malley, A History of the Popes). First published in Italian in 1964, this edition preceded by the British edition a month earlier. Approbations.