London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1927. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, bottom edge uncut, original printed dust jacket. Cloth bright and fresh, offsetting to front and rear endpapers. Mild toning and spotting to spine of dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #9
"THE DEEPEST CRAVINGS OF THE SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS" First edition of this collection of essays by the Anglo-Catholic mystic illuminating the contrast between the natural and the supernatural. Underhill's Preface (dated, "Octave of SS. Peter & Paul, 1927") confesses her spiritual debts: "Profound are my obligations to thinkers and seers, known and unknown, living and dead, who have given me teaching, stimulus, and light" preceded by her lengthy Latin dedication ("In Memoriam F. v. H.") to Baron Friedrich von Hugel. Underhill spoke of von Hugel as both an inspiration and a mentor. "In later years von Hugel increased his dedication to spiritual direction, notably in the assistance he gave to the great Anglican writer on mysticism, Evelyn Underhill" before his death in 1925 (Joseph P. Whelan, The Spirituality of Friedrich von Hugel). This collection of lectures, articles and papers was reworked for publication two years after von Hugel's death. Concludes with a helpful bibliography of books on mysticism. Bookseller ticket and postcard of W. Heffer & Sons Ltd. in Cambridge.