Item #622 The Garden of the Soul; A Manual of Spiritual Exercises and Instructions. Richard Challoner.

The Garden of the Soul; A Manual of Spiritual Exercises and Instructions

London: Burns, Oates, Washbourne, Ltd., [1925]. Newly revised edition. Single small volume (5 1/4 inches tall), contemporary citron morocco, elaborately tooled in gilt with crowned initials, gilt dentelles and metallic endpapers, spine with raised bands, ribbon marker, all edges gilt. Item #622

"A MANUAL OF SPIRITUAL EXERCISES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS WHO, LIVING IN THE WORLD, ASPIRE TO DEVOTION" Fine Edwardian edition of Bishop Richard Challoner's treasury of eighteenth-century English Catholic piety, stunningly bound for a royal marriage. Richard Challoner was baptized Catholic as a teenager and sent to the English College at Douai for schooling. He returned to England twenty-five years later and shepherded the beleaguered English Catholics for more than fifty years before his death in the aftermath of the sectarian Gordon Riots (1781). First published in 1740 and 1741, the Garden of the Soul appeared at the same time as Challoner's two-volume martyrology (a forceful Catholic response to John Foxe's Book of Martyrs) and preceding the much needed-revision of the Rheims New Testament in 1749 (and the Douay-Rheims Bible as a whole in 1750), ensuring generations with access to Scripture and sustaining the persecuted English Catholics.

This Burns Oates edition of the Garden of the Soul is undated but the blank flyleaf is inscribed and dated in two different hands: 'Shelagh. Jan 14th 1925' and 'Ferdinand Andreas Jan. 14th 1925'. On this day, Prince Ferdinand Andreas Joseph Maria of Lichtenstein and Shelagh Salome Houston of Winnington, Cheshire were married in London. She was granted the title of Countess von Rietberg, and in 1926 they had a son, Christopher. However, despite their shared ownership of this manual, they were divorced in 1934 and the marriage was annulled in 1939 as it did not conform to the laws of the Princely House. Prince Ferdinand went on to marry three more times, in 1940 in Stockholm (to Brita Christina Nordenskiold), in 1950 in East Hampton, New York (to Dorothy Haydel), and in 1968 in Sucy-en-Brie (to Georgette Marie Gérardine Ansay). The crowned initials "F.S.L." indicate this elaborately-tooled copy was bound for the couple and inscribed on their wedding day. Approbations.

Price: $850.00

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