London & New York: Sheed & Ward, 1936. First edition. Small folio (12 inches tall), original decorated white paper boards over cloth spine, original price-stamped glassine wrapper. Gentle bumping to lower corners of clean white boards, very scarce glassine wrapper torn and chipped but complete. A bright, fresh copy. Item #983
"LET US NOW SING THE HYMN OF THE THREE CHILDREN WHICH THE SAINTS SANG OF OLD TIME IN THE FIERY FURNACE, GIVING PRAISE TO THE LORD" Utterly charming letterpress edition of the Canticle of the Three Holy Children (Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego) in the Book of Daniel—calligraphed in Latin and English and wholly illustrated throughout. The Benedicite (with the refrain, "sing His praise and exalt Him for ever") is a Canticle used in the Liturgy of the Hours. The Canticle of the "thrice-blessed ones" is arranged to Gregorian Chant and beautifully calligraphed and illustrated in color by Frances W. Delehanty. With a touching introduction by Paul Chauvin, O.S.B.: "My dear little friends, how happy you are to have been born at a time when such beautiful books are made for you...Look at the pictures...you will learn to love God and to sing to Him as did the three children" ("†PAX / Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Paris / 7 October 1936"). Warmly dedicated by Delehanty to Dr. Justine Ward: "Through whose genius and untiring labour the voices of countless children are lifted up in divine praises, I dedicate this book with affection and gratitude" ("Solesmes / 1936"). Evidently inspired by the reforms of Pope Pius X, Justine Bayard Ward founded the original School of Liturgical Music at The Catholic University of America and developed the Ward Method "to teach American Catholic school children the fundamentals of music which would enable them to sing the vast patrimony of musica sacra" (Catholic University). "Made and Printed in Belgium by Desclee, De Brouwer, and Co. Bruges." An immaculate copy complete with the rare original glassine dust wrapper.