London: Faber and Faber, 1953. First edition. Octavo (8 3/4 inches tall), original red cloth, original dust jacket. Slight bump to lower corner, very faint tanning to blank flyleaves, gentle toning to price-clipped dust jacket. A nearly-fine copy. Item #687
"THE GREATEST WOMAN IN SPANISH HISTORY AND ONE OF THE GREATEST IN THE ANNALS OF THE WORLD" First edition of these essays and addresses exploring the work of Teresa of Ávila and the Spanish mystical tradition. "By any standard, Teresa of Ávila is one of the towering figures in Christian history. In a time and place (sixteenth-century Spain) which paid little attention to the voice of any woman, Teresa managed to outshine nearly all her contemporaries. She was a mystic, a religious reformer, the foundress of seventeen convents, the author of four books, and one of the outstanding masters of Christian prayer" (Robert Ellsberg, All Saints). In 1970, the Carmelite saint became the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. This collection was published as part of Faber's series, Classics of the Contemplative Life. The series editor, E. Allison Peers of the University of Liverpool, was reknowned for his Spanish studies, including a multi-volume edition of John of the Cross. Peers died in December 1952 and this collection appeared posthumously. With a brief Preface (dated, "E.A.P./26th November 1951") characterizing this book as a "companion volume" to John of the Cross, and five sections: Part I. Saint Teresa, Part II. The Historical Problem of Spanish Mysticism, Part III. New Light Saint John of the Cross, Part IV. Cervantes, Part V. A Man of God (a profile of Dom Edmund, the English prior of the Spanish monastery at Miraflores). "Let nothing disturb you / Let nothing make you afraid / All things are passing / God alone never changes / Patience gains all things / If you have God you will want for nothing / God alone suffices" — St. Teresa.