New York: Sheed & Ward, 1942. Octavo (8 1/2 inches tall), original red cloth, original dust jacket. Christmas presentation inscription to blank flyleaf, jacket with minor creasing to spine head. A near-fine copy. Item #991
"BROTHER MARTIN WAS NOT ON HIS KNEES. THE POWER OF GOD HAD LIFTED HIM FROM THE FLOOR TO THE SIDE OF THE LORD. AND THERE HE WAS, FLOATING IN THE AIR AND SPEAKING TO CHRIST ON THE CROSS" First edition of Mary Fabyan Windeatt's life of then-Blessed Martin de Porres for children—illustrated by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.. "There is much that seems strange and extreme in the life of Martín de Porres. Like St. Francis he was a living parable of the reign of God" (Robert Ellsberg). Beatified in 1937, Brother Martin's life in Peru blends a sense of his personal holiness against a background of profound Dominican spirituality. The book is illustrated with 14 full-page silhouettes and a dust jacket--with a Dominican torch and shield--by Sister Jean. The inner flap of the jacket offers Blessed Martin as a model of the "new importance" of racial reconciliation for young people in a changing world. "The old relation of White and Colored cannot continue; no one knows what changes there may be, but at least there will be changes. Catholics above all should help to shape them, and of all Catholics, the children should their minds and emotions clarified and made straight." Sister Jean's final illustration echoes the flap copy: "every race will call him friend." With a dedication, "For Reverend Norbert Georges, O.P., Director of the Blessed Martin Guild, whose generous cooperation made possible this little book." Approbations. Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time.