London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd, n.d. 12 mo. (7 3/8 inches tall), contemporary full brown calf gilt, watered silk endpapers, ribbon marker, top edge gilt, uncut. Gentle wear to sound front joint, minor foxing to half title and title pages, intermittent spotting, plates clean. A handsome copy. Item #862
"BROTHER WOLF, I COMMAND THEE ON THE PART OF CHRIST, THAT THOU DO NO HARM " Finely-bound Burns Oates edition of the Fioretti of Saint Francis, illustrated with eight splendid black-and-white plates by Paul Woodroffe. With a brief Prefatory Note: "The compiler of the Fioretti is unknown, but the work is supposed to date from the middle of the fourteenth century." The English translation of the "miracles and devout examples of the glorious poor little one of Christ, St. Francis" was originally done by the Franciscan Fathers at Upton and "carefully revised" by Thomas Okey, the first Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Cambridge. "The truth it conveys is to be found, not in the events of its narrative, obviously legendary, but in the vivid and convincing impression it gives in its totality of the most Christ-like of saints" (Frank N. Magill). This edition supplements the Fioretti proper with "The Most Holy Stigmas," the Life of Brother Juniper, and the Life of Brother Egidio. The title page includes Eric Gill's Three Martlets ("Nos Ne Cesses Thoma Tvueri"). Magill, Masterpieces of Christian Literature.