London and New York: Methuen & Co. Ltd./E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., 1953. Later printing. 12mo. (7 1/2 inches tall), original oatmeal cloth, original dust jacket. About-fine book with discrete owner label, faint tidemark to upper spine and tape shadow to rear panel of price-clipped dust jacket. An excellent copy. Item #692
"A PLACE IN WHICH WE CAN MEET GOD, OR FROM WHICH WE CAN EXCLUDE GOD" Handsome post-war edition collecting two popular meditations by Evelyn Underhill, revealing "the self-authenticating character of the Christian experience." First printed in 1926 and 1929, the Inner Life and the House of the Soul point to Underhill's movement—under the influence of Baron Friedrich von Hügel—away from the solitary mysticism of thought towards a more plainly communal focus on prayer and worship. Underhill's later work offered "a loving exposition of Christian forms of devotion, forms which she finds foreshadowed, indeed, in the rites and sacrifices of other cults, but fully realized only in the services of the Church, specifically in the Divine Office and Holy Eucharist as observed in the Orthodox, Roman, and Anglican traditions" (Magill, Masterpieces of Christian Literature). Each essay is prefaced by an epigraph: "In Whom we know and see all things, and by Whom we learn ever to simplify and unify our multiplicities and occupations, and our outward actions" (Gerlag Petersen) and "the Sun which dwells in this house penetrates to every corner of it" (St. Teresa). Printed in Great Britain and issued in America by E.P. Dutton with a new dust jacket. The inner flap and rear panel of the jacket recommend other Underhill titles.