London: Faith Press Ltd., circa 1926. Original staple-bound illustrated stiff cloth wrappers (4 1/8 inches tall). Plates and text clean, gentle edge-wear, minor spotting to original wrappers. Item #747
THOMAS NOYES-LEWIS AND THE FAITH PRESS Pocket liturgical missal with color illustrations by Thomas Noyes-Lewis, scarce in the original illustrated cloth wrappers. Much of the "Church of England’s artistic self-image in the first half of the twentieth century reflected the genius of one man: Thomas Noyes-Lewis. The bulk of his work was ephemeral...postcards, children’s books, cigarette cards, baptism certificates, stained glass, Stations of the Cross, Sunday school attendance rewards, and bookplates. His languages and artistic palettes were English, Christian, and imperial, but rooted also in the outlook of the Faith Press, a major Anglo-Catholic publisher whose influence on the entire Anglican Communion was pervasive. Despite obscurity today next to...Martin Travers and Ninian Comper, the importance of Thomas Noyes-Lewis in creating the visual culture of early twentieth-century Anglo-Catholicism was unparalleled" (Richard J. Mammana). The text is divided into two sections: Private Devotions and Communion Service, concluding with a hymn, Gloria in Excelsius, and a final Blessing of the Church. The illustrations, apparently based on the "Little Colour Cards" Noyes-Lewis produced for the Faith Press, consist of eight miniature plates (printed on four leaves) inserted in the text. Issued without a title page but imprinted at the end of the text and on the rear of the illustrated wrapper: "Published by the Faith Press, Ltd. 22 Buckingham Street, W.C.2." Mammana, Easter to Whitsun with Thomas Noyes Lewis (The Living Church).