Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1959. First edition. Octavo, original mottled rust cloth, silver papal arms, original dust jacket. Dust jacket tanned with tidelines on the verso. A near-fine copy. Item #736
"POPE PIUS XII WILL LIVE IN THE FUTURE AS THE APOSTLE OF LOVE" First edition of this warm memorial tribute to Pope Pius XII published shortly after his death—complete in the original dust jacket illustrated with a profile portrait. Pope Pius XII was an omnipresent and unmistakable figure: "As his aquiline nose might suggest, he was a born Roman. Profiles of his half-sad countenance under a white skullcap, deep-set eyes, and long, bony fingers clasped in prayer were reproduced in countless forms" (Thomas Bokenkotter). As Cardinal Secretary of State under Pius XI, Eugenio Pacelli attained global visibility in a distinguished career as the chief diplomat of the Holy See. On March 2, 1939 (his sixty-third birthday) Pacelli was crowned as Pope Pius XII as the world drifted inexorably into the Second World War.
The biography is composed of two sections: an illustrated essay by Cardinal Cushing and a 65-page pictorial biography (which closes with the Will of Pope Pius XII, dated "May 15, 1956"). A valuable six-part Appendix follows the text. "If Pius XI was the first pope to speak on the radio, Pius XII was the first to appear on television. After World War II he encouraged on so many occasions, pilgrimages to Rome, and in the two Holy Years he proclaimed, 1950 and 1954, vast crowds poured into the Eternal City where they had an opportunity to see him in person in great public audiences. No pope until that time had been photographed as often and had his picture appear as often in as many publications around the world. No pope addressed so many people from so many different walks of life" (John W. O'Malley, A History of the Popes). Cushing was elevated to the College of Cardinals in December 1958, shortly before this biography was published by Boston's St. Paul Editions with a title-page bearing the Cardinal's arms and motto: "Ute Cognoscant Te" ("That They Might Know You").