Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds, 1953. Early edition. Octavo, original lime green cloth, original dust jacket. Small bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown of about-fine book, gentle creasing and wear to spine ends, top edges, and corners of dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #648
"NOTHING SAVE THYSELF, LORD" Early edition of Fr. Martin D'Arcy's popular book on St. Thomas Aquinas, expanded here with the author's new Introduction, dated "Easter, 1953." The English Jesuit was greatly influenced by Newman (and Hopkins) but he also stood apart from the affinities of many English Catholics because "the lodestar of Fr. D'Arcy's thinking was the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas" (H.J.A. Sire). First published in 1930, the work is divided into three sections: Part I. The Life and Times, Part II. The Philosophy and Theology, and Part III. The Legacy and Influence. This edition contains D'Arcy's original Introduction (dated "Oxford, 1930") musing on the lack of recognition for St. Thomas in Britain. Aquinas it seems, was a bit too Catholic, too medieval, and too continental for England's Catholics. "The Catholic Revival in England was not conspicuously linked to the renaissance of Thomism or any other strict intellectual current in Catholicism...perhaps owing to the British pragmatic tendency to put practice above theory—as well as Newman's preference for the early Church Fathers over Aquinas" (Robert Royal).
D'Arcy's book was "a biographical as well as philosophical study aimed at a general readership. Within that framework he took the exposition of St. Thomas's thought to the limits of the practicable. When G.K. Chesterton produced a book on St. Thomas Aquinas shortly afterwards, Fr. D'Arcy had the impression that his own was the only book on the subject Chesterton had consulted. That must be judged quite probable, but if so Chesterton could be said to have succumbed to a subtle Jesuit wile" (H.J.A. Sire). This new edition was published, it appears, to reflect the rise of Existentialism in the post-war years. D'Arcy became one of England's more notable Thomists, absorbing the influence of the transcendental Thomism developing among the continental Jesuits such as Pierre Rousselot and Joseph Marechal and introducing "the English-speaking world to a dynamic and inspiring strand in neo-Thomist thought which retains its interest today" (H.J.A. Sire). The text closes with a Summary of Life of St. Thomas, a listing of the Works of St. Thomas, two bibliographies (the original 1930 bibliography and an addendum), and an Index. Early printings in the original dust jacket have become scarce. Approbations. H.J.A. Sire, Father Martin D'Arcy: Philosopher of Christian Love. Robert Royal, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition.