London: Robert Hale Limited, 1950. First edition. Octavo, original maroon cloth, original dust jacket. A nearly-fine book with a beautiful dust jacket with only a trace of wear. A near-fine copy. Item #637
"THE MANY CATHOLIC MEMORIES, SO OVERLOOKED EVEN BY CATHOLICS, THAT CROWD LONDON'S STREETS" First edition of this historical guidebook to London's Catholic past, marking the centenary of the return of the Catholic hierarchy. This well-illustrated tour of London traces a distinctly Catholic history of the city from the earliest times until 1850. "The growth of London was, in fact, the growth of its Catholic parish life, and the picture of Catholic London as it can be gathered only from a detailed survey of its ancient churches." Includes a "List of Illustrations" with captions for the frontispiece ("St. Etheldreda's, Ely Place, Holborn") and 32 additional photographs and an excellent example of the lovely original dust jacket, illustrated by Balint Stephen "Val" Biro. With a brief Author's Note and a brief Foreword by H.E. Cardinal Griffin: "London is rich in Catholic treasures and, indeed, it may be said that they lie so thickly about us that there is a danger that we may forget that they are there." This rich density leads both the author and Cardinal Griffin to admit the need to limit this history to the area between the Tower of London and gallows of Tyburn. With Newton's dedication "to the late Rt. Rev. Bernard Ward" and "the late Canon Edwin Burton," both of St. Edmund's College, Ware "and to all EDMUNDIANS."