New York and London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1933. 12 mo. (7 1/2 inches tall), original gilt blue cloth, gilt bright, slightest wear to sharp corners and spine ends, faint stain to centerfront board. A near-fine copy. Item #852
'WHAT MADE THE JESUITS THE SCHOOLMASTERS OF EUROPE WAS ORGANIZATION" First edition of this early English translation of the Ratio Studiorum—the first complete translation of the sixteenth-century organizational plan of the Society of Jesus—the blueprint consequently carried over into the field of Jesuit education. Edited by Edward A. Fitzpatrick of Marquette University, the Ratio atque Institutio Studiorum Societatis Jesu ("Method and System of the Studies of the Society of Jesus"), including a frontispiece: "Portrait of St. Ignatius of Loyola (Made on the day of his death)" and a Dedication: "To John F. McCormick, S.J. a 'good and learned' citizen of the republic of letters, devoted to to the intellectual and spiritual advance of the neighbor." Derived from the Spiritual Exercises and the Constitutions, this influential "Plan of Study" structured the practical characteristics of a Jesuit education. As Fr. Fitzpatrick's brief Preface (dated, "Milwaukee, Wisconsin/March 1933") explains: "The system is greater than its expression in this document. What made the Jesuits the schoolmasters of Europe was organization." The book is divided into four general sections: Part I. St. Ignatius and Education, Part II. The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus (Part IV), The Ratio Studiorum of 1559, An Analytical Outline of the Spiritual Exercises. The translations were done by Mary Helen Mayer (the Constitutions) and A.R. Ball (the Ratio). The implementation of the Ratio set in motion a global Golden Age of Jesuit education. "The history of the practical working of the Ratio is the history of the colleges of the Society" (The Catholic Encyclopedia). The world-wide Jesuit educational endeavors were drastically curtailed by Pope Clement XIV's Suppression of the Jesuits in 1773. Still, the Jesuit educational ethos survives today in the saying: “Give me the child for the first seven years and I'll give you the man.” Published as one of the McGraw-Hill Education Classics (Edward H. Reisner, General Editor).