Longmans, Green and Co., 1914. First edition. Original illustrated paper boards (7 3/8 inches tall), white gilt cloth spine. Gentle toning to rear board and spine, gilt still visible, inkstamps to front pastedown, colophon, and fore-edge. An excellent copy. Item #876
"HOW IN THAT UPPER ROOM HE GAVE HIMSELF TO BE OUR MEAT AND DRINK: HOW JUDAS FELL AND SOLD HIS LORD FOR MONEY" First edition of this illustrated drama of Christ's Passion for the stage—published posthumously after Robert Hugh Benson's death. Accompanied by a short Preface (with Benson's thorough staging notes on the "proper presentation" of the drama), the text consists of a Prologue and Acts I-III. This was also Benson's final work with longtime collaborator Gabriel Pippet (a list of works "by the same author" lists their joint projects). The Upper Room is illustrated by Pippet with a decorated front board, a captioned frontispiece (with original tissue-guard), and illustrated throughout the text (including four full-page plates). The "Upper Room" (sometimes known as the Cenacle) is the site of the Last Supper and one of the most important spaces in the history of Christianity. Pope Francis visited the Cenacle in May 2014 and declared its importance to the Church: "How much love and goodness has flowed from the Upper Room! How much charity has gone forth from here, like a river from its source, beginning as a stream and then expanding and becoming a great torrent. All the saints drew from this source; and hence the great river of the Church’s holiness continues to flow: from the heart of Christ, from the Eucharist and from the Holy Spirit." With a Nihil Obstat and a brief Introduction by Francis Cardinal Bourne, Archbishop of Westminster (both dated November 1914) commending Benson: "Those who read, and those who see, will alike think of him who in so short a time accomplished so much; who was taken from us so suddenly, and from the human point of view, so prematurely."