Chicago: Monastery Hill Bindery, 1968. Thin quarto (10 1/8 inches tall), original beige cloth stamped in blue and gold. Fine. Item #971
"REJOICE AND BE GLAD, BECAUSE GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN" Striking Monastery Hill edition of "this greatest of all Sermons"—the very beating heart of Christianity. The Sermon on the Mount is derived from three chapters in the Gospel of Matthew. This edition, taken from the King James Bible, was illustrated by Dale Nichols with a gilt vignette on the front board, title vignettes, headpiece portrait, decorative blue borders framing the text, two historiated initials, and a final tailpiece decoration. The brief Foreword explains this universal teaching of Jesus Christ: "Countless other preachers, now turned to dust, have, with great eloquence, reached the Souls of men preaching from this greatest of all Sermons" with a humanity based on its simplicity: "here is laid down a precept for all that one needs to guide their conduct throughout life. These are simple rules which if followed, would end intolerance, injustice and strife, and all men would be free." The foreword also includes a comment from artist on the "dual symboltry" of the opening portrait of Christ: "Jesus taught in duality terms, therefore, my drawings have a lot of dual symboltry." With a concluding Printer's Note on the design, typography, and production.