New York: The Viking Press, 1973. First edition. Square octavo (8 3/4 inches), black cloth spine, original gray paper boards, maroon endpapers, gift inscription to front flyleaf, minor wear to spine ends and front corner, spot of tape residue, closed abraided tear and crease to bottom of front panel, small chip to rear lower corner. An excellent copy. Item #657
"YET ANOTHER PAULINE MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF CHRISTENDOM" First edition of this portrait of the Catholic Worker movement, a photographic testament to forty years of love in action on the sidewalks of New York. The book opens with a dedication: "To Dorothy Day, and all who have walked with her; and to those many who have had the good fortune to meet up with the 'faith, hope, charity' of the Catholic Worker movement." The title comes from the epigraph, a passage from I Corinthians 4:9-15: "We are fools for Christ's sake...even unto this present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place." Jon Erikson's series of uncaptioned black-and-white photographs document the now-vanished world of New York's Lower East Side, conveying in granular detail the grinding daily struggle to continue the voluntary "holy poverty." Two essays by Robert Coles (a short Introduction followed by a longer essay) bookend the photographs. Coles recounts the origin story of the Catholic Workers, comparing the movement to the apostleship of St. Paul, "yet another Pauline moment in the history of Christendom, wherein two Christians, one a man, a French peasant born to the faith, one a woman, an American convert, having been mysteriously brought together, set out to travel, write and preach—in the interests of urging the most pointed and revolutionary changes upon all they encounter, while also working assiduously to stay well within the Church's fold." An important visual history, together with its counterparts, House of Hospitality (1939) and Loaves and Fishes (1963), forming a trilogy on the Catholic Workers.