London: Burns, Oates & Washborne, Ltd., 1924. Octavo, original cord-bound illustrated wrappers, front wrapper ruled in green, mounted photographic portrait, Newman's facsimile signature, gilt stars and embossed colored arms, cord-bound. Creasing to lower right corner, bump at base of spine, blank back wrapper clean. Very good indeed. Item #645
"COR AD COR LOQUITUR" First edition of this illustrated tribute to Cardinal Newman, uncommon in the original pictorial wrappers. This charming collection of 17 chronological portraits of John Henry Newman was created by Burns Oates, Publishers to the Holy See. The images are prefaced by a brief Note: "These reproductions of portraits and photographs of Cardinal Newman have been selected from a large and varied collection, as being among the best and most characteristic, in the judgement of those Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory who knew him intimately during the later years of his life." Newman managed the many dualities throughout his life—Anglican/Roman, English/Latin, Liberal/Conservative, Modernist/Traditional—in a way that makes him symbolic of Christian unity and Catholic ecumenism. These pages make no note of the storm of controversy surrounding Newman's going over to Rome in 1845 and no distinction between the Anglican Newman and the Catholic Newman. "In later years when he republished his Anglican works there were scarcely any changes that he found it necessary to make, a testimony to the continuity of his pilgrimage" (Geoffrey Rowell). Rather, Newman is presented here as "Lumen et Decus Eximium" ("Light and Distinction") of the English Nation. "Today he is remembered as one who struggled to keep the mind of the church open to what was good and valuable in the modern world. His understanding of the historicity of doctrine, his defense of the laity, his nonscholastic approach to theology, his spirit of tolerance, his belief in the separation of church and state, his appreciation for the spiritual integrity of the intellectual life, and his celebration of the rights of conscience—all these values are consonant with the modern Catholic sensibility. They were not so in the nineteenth century" (Robert Ellsberg, All Saints). The front of the original green-ruled wrappers features a large mounted photograph of Newman, decorated with gilt stars and embossed colored arms with his personal motto: "Cor ad Cor Loquitor." A handsome tribute to the ecumenical legacy of John Henry Cardinal Newman. Rowell, The Vision Glorious: Themes and Personalities of the Catholic Revival in Anglicanism.