London: Burns & Oates, 1961. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, red top edge, original dust jacket. Very faint creasing to upper edges of unfaded and unclipped dust jacket. A bright, nearly fine copy. Item #698
"GOD IS AT ONCE TRANSCENDENT AND IMMANENT IN HIS CREATURES" First edition collecting the Sir D. Owen Evans Lectures, a series of addresses delivered by David Knowles at the University College of Wales in the winter of 1959-60. Knowles saw this volume as an opportunity to revise and restate an early work, English Mystics (1928), which he characterizes as "now defective in many ways." Knowles specially wanted the opportunity to integrate Margery Kempe ("who was then an unknown and dateless figure prior to the discovery of her 'Book' in 1934") into the diverse and distinctive traditions of the English mystics. Kempe "must in justice be credited with both moral and physical courage" and her Book of Margery Kempe "is a document of the highest value for the religious historian of the age." The book contains a brief Preface by Knowles (dated, "Peterhouse, Cambridge. 13 June, 1960.") and ten chapters: I. Christian Mysticism, II. The Evolution of Catholic Mystical Theology, III. The England of the Mystics, IV. Richard Rolle, V. The Cloud of Unknowing, VI. Walter Hilton, VII. Julian of Norwich, VIII. Margery Kempe, IX. Augustine Baker, X. Epilogue. Approbations.