London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1957. First edition. Large octavo (9 3/4 inches tall), original white paper vellum boards, gilt spine and front board, original dust jacket. Book fine with only slight offsetting to blank flyleaves, minor peeling and edge-wear to the jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #92
"ST. DOMINIC'S ROOTS LAY IN SPAIN IN THE HIGH PLATEAU OF OLD CASTILE"
First edition in English of this splendidly-illustrated Life of the Founder of the Order of Preachers—capturing "The Spirit of Saint Dominic." A bright, fresh copy complete in the unclipped original dust jacket.
Founded by the Spanish priest Dominic de Guzman in the thirteenth-century, the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans—celebrated a Jubilee Year in 2016, marking the 800th anniversary of the official foundation of the Order. "Unlike his contemporary St. Francis, St. Dominic did not generate a rich literature of affectionate legend. He did not aspire to personify the gospel but merely to be its effective propagator. His personality, so it appears, was subsumed in his mission. And so his legacy was not in the example of his personal holiness but in the apostolic movement he initiated and inspired" (Robert Ellsberg). In the spirit of their Founder, the medieval Dominicans—sometimes referred to as "Domini canes," or the "Hounds of the Lord"—were mendicant preachers, "proclaiming the gospel on the road, open to the needs of the world" (Ellsberg). The text by Marie-Humbert Vicaire, O.P. was translated from the French by Gerard Meath, O.P. and illustrated throughout with medieval art and modern photographs (and a "Map Illustrating the Travels of St. Dominic 1215-1221" by Sebastian Bullough, O.P.). This lavish life of Saint Dominic was the fifth in the photographer Von Matt's popular series of deluxe pictorial biographies of the Saints (St. Pius X. St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Bernadette). Approbations.Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time.