London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1905. First edition. Quarto (10 7/8 inches tall), original sewn brown cloth boards with gilt titling. Easter presentation inscription to front endpaper, gentle foxing and spotting to title page and last leaf only, very minor wear to original boards. Rare. Item #715
"MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SAINTS, FOR THE SAINTS ARE GOD'S FRIENDS" First edition of this exquisitely illustrated ABC—with each letter of the alphabet dedicated to a different Saint—scarce in the original case-bound boards. This alphabet, from "A" (Antony of Padua) to "Z" (Zita), is distinguished by its large format and elegant line-illustrations by Lindsay Symington, each initialed and dated in the plate and enclosed within a bold red border. The Saints depicted are: Antony - Benedict - Christopher - Dominic - Edmund - Francis of Assisi - Gregory the Great - Helen - Ignatius - Jerome - Katherine - Louis - Martin - Norbert - Odo - Philip - Quentin - Richard - Sebastian - Thomas - Ursula - Vincent of Paul - Wilfrid - Zytus - Yves - Zita. The rhymes were prepared by three authors, including Robert Hugh Benson, with a brief rhymed Preface and a Latin Dedication to Pope Pius X: "R.B. C.R. et R.H.B./ Filiolae CLARAE ANGELAE / Hoc Alphabetum dono dant / PIOQUE PAPAE DEDICANT." An illustrated colophon: "Three men with the pen and one man with the paints. Have depicted the lives of these twenty-six SAINTS." Printed by the Garden City Press for Burns Oates. Most copies appear in soft string-bound wrappers. This hardcover copy was issued without endpapers. A charming Lives of the Saints for children, unusual in this condition.