London: Sands & Co., 1926. First edition. 12mo. (7 1/2 inches), original blue cloth stamped in orange, printed and illustrated endpapers. Very gentle wear to corners and ends, front flyleaf neatly excised. A bright and sharp-cornered copy. Item #691
"AND I HEARD A GREAT VOICE FROM THE THRONE SAYING—BEHOLD THE TABERNACLE OF GOD WITH ME, AND HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM" First edition of Alexander Rottmann's evocative guidebook to London's Catholic culture between the First and Second World Wars. The valuable portraits of the Roman Catholic houses of worship in-and-around London are divided by District: S.W. District, W. District, W.C District, E.C. District, E. District, N. District, N.W. District, South London. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait: "Cardinal Wiseman as a Young Priest" (captioned, "From the Painting at Archbishop's House, Westminster, by kind permission of His Eminence Cardinal Bourne") and dozens of full-page captioned black-and-white photographs, mixing exterior and interior images with single or double views on each page ("most of the illustrations in this book are from photos by J. Dixon-Scott, London"). A brief Preface by Stephen Eyre Jones (dated "St. Etheldreda's/Ely Place, E.C.1./September 8th, 1925") and the author's Foreword remind the reader that "most of the London Catholic churches came into existence after the passing of the second Catholic Relief Act in 1791." Rottmann connects modern visitors to London's Christian past: "What stranger to London, standing in front of the Prince Consort monument in Holborn Circus, realizes that within fifty yards of that busy up-to-date London is to be found the historical church of S. Etheldreda, the only pre-Reformation London church restored to the old faith!" The book is bound with trade advertisements from London's purveyors of devotional books and objects. The rear endpapers feature two interesting lithographs: Art & Book company and Hayes & Finch Ltd.