From An Abundant Spring; The Walter Farrell Memorial Voume of The Thomist
New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1952. First edition. Octavo, original sage cloth, dark green top edge, original dust jacket. Slight toning to book and dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #775
A SPLENDID PORTRAIT OF MID-CENTURY CATHOLIC THOUGHT First edition collecting essays in honor of Father Walter Farrell—a central figure in the twentieth century's Thomist Revival. A founding editor of the Thomist (a quarterly journal established in 1939), the American Dominican died in November 1951 (at age 49). The back panel of the dust jacket notes that "Father Farrell died at the same age as St. Thomas—and with the same unredeemed promise of further glories for the Faith." The 25 essays—presenting a broad survey of contemporary Catholic philosophy and theology—included contributions by Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Mortimer Adler, Sister Madeleva, Jacques Maritain, F.J. Sheed, and Gerald Vann. Farrell is represented by the 26th essay, "Freedom of Speech and Speech for Freedom." The title of the tribute is derived from the epigraph, printing a passage in Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Aeternis Patris, describing Thomism as "the pure streams of wisdom which flow from the Angelic Doctor as from a perennial and abundant spring." With a photographic frontispiece portrait of Farrell and Notes on Contributors. George McLean. An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought, 1900-1964, 15. Approbations.