London: Burns Oates, 1950. First edition. Thick octavo, original red cloth with gilt black spine label, red top edge, original dust jacket. Nearly-fine book, clipped dust jacket with inkstamped price to front flap, mild creasing, edge-wear and toning to spine, fingernail chip to upper edge of front panel. A bright, clean, and sharp-cornered copy. Item #638
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CATHOLIC ENGLAND First edition of this collection of historical essays in celebration of One Hundred Years of Catholic England, including contributions by Denis Gwynn and Philip Hughes. Anno 1950 marked a century since the return of the English hierarchy to England and Wales. The Restoration was "the defining moment of the modern Catholic Church in England. It had now, in a phrase popular at the time, emerged from the catacombs into the light of day" (Anthony McNicholas). This happy history is contemporary to the anniversary of the establishment of Burns Oates, longtime publishers to the Holy See. Burns Oates was founded by James Burns in 1847 after he converted to Catholicism. The essays include: I. The Coming Century (Philip Hughes), II. The English Catholics in 1850 (Philip Hughes), III. The Restoration of the Hierarchy, 1850 (Gordon Albion), IV. Diocesan Organization and Administration (Morgan Sweeney), V. The Archdioceses of Westminster (Gordon Wheeler), VI. The Bishops of the Century (Philip Hughes), VII. Old Catholics and Converts (David Mathew), VIII. Cardinal Newman (Humphrey J.T. Johnson), IX. The Irish Immigration (Denis Gwynn), X. Catholics and the Universities (H.O. Evennett), XI. Secondary Education for Boys (W.J. Battersby), XII. Educational Work of the Religious Orders for Women (W.J. Battersby), XIII. The Struggle for the Schools (A.C.F. Beales), XIV. Growth of the Catholic Community (Denis Gwynn), XV. Development of the Religious Orders (Edward Cruise), XVI. The Catholic Press (J.J. Dwyer), XVII. English Catholic Literature, 1850-1950 (Edward Hutton), XVIII. The Care of the Poor (John Bennett), XIX. To-day and To-morrow (George Andrew Beck). These essays are complemented with abundant illustrations, including a frontispiece: "Pope Pius IX, Restorer of the English Hierarchy" and photographic portraits of dozens of notable Catholics. With a brief Foreword by Bernard Cardinal Griffin and an Editor's Preface by Beck, dated SS. Peter and Paul, Ilford, July 28th, 1950. Bibliography Index. McNicholas, Politics, Religion and the Press: Irish Journalism in Mid-Victorian England.