Philadelphia: The Church Historical Society, 1941. First edition. Tall octavo (9 1/4 inches), original pebbled violet cloth with gilt titles. A nearly-fine copy. Item #748
"AMERICAN HIGH CHURCHMANSHIP" First edition of this history of the High Church in America in the original violet boards. This volume was publication No. 12, issued by the Church Historical Society in anticipation of the centennial of the Oxford Movement, though the author takes care to stress that the innate Catholicism of the Episcopal Church predates the Catholic revival in the Church of England: "In 1830 the American Church was far more Catholic in feeling and in teaching than her elder sister." DeMille's brief Preface (dated, "The Festival of the Transfiguration/August 6, 1941") distinguishes between "High" and "Low" church, preferring these distinctions to Anglo-Catholic: "Anglo-Catholic is a mis-begotten hybrid, and has come to be applied to a wing of a party only." The ten chapters trace the development of the Episcopal Church in America, from the "ruins" of the colonial Church of England after the Revolutionary War to the influence of significant American figures such as Seabury, Hobart ("the father of American High Churchmanship"), Doane, Whittingham, and John Henry Hopkins. The text concludes with an Epilogue ("A Modern American Diocese"), a Consolidated Bibliography (in addition to the chapter-ending bibliographies), and a General Index. A second edition, revised and enlarged, appeared in 1950. A bright, fresh copy.