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Dorothy Day. The Long Loneliness, The Autobiography of Dorothy Day, 1952. "I DID NOT KNOW IN WHAT I BELIEVED, THOUGH I TRIED TO SERVE A CAUSE" Berenice Abbot's timeless photographic portrait (of the most notable American lay Catholic of the 20th century) graces the back panel of the jacket. #santosubito #loveisthemeasure #dorothyday #advent #daughterofthechurch #catholicamerica #gaudetmaterecclesia #catholicbooks #finebooks #booksofourfathers #catholic #catholicbookworker #stellamaris #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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"MASS ON THE WORLD" Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Hymn of the Universe, 1965. "I, YOUR PRIEST, WILL MAKE THE WHOLE EARTH MY ALTAR AND ON IT WILL OFFER YOU ALL THE LABOR AND SUFFERING OF THE WORLD" #christianmystics #jesuit #societyofjesus #sonofthechurch #catholic #incarnationculture #finebooks #bookstagram #booksofourfathers #collectingcatholicbooks #romancatholic #catholicintellectualtradition #ignatianspirituality #pierreteilharddechardin #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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(Sacred Music) Karl Gustav Fellerer. The History of Catholic Church Music, 1961. "THE TRADITIONAL GREGORIAN CHANT, USED BY PRIEST, CHOIR AND PEOPLE, OCCUPIES THE FIRST PLACE IN CHURCH MUSIC" The first English translation, in an excellent example of the lovely illustrated dust jacket. #sacredmusic #liturgical #thechurchinyourhands #gregorianchant #polyphony #baroque #gaudetmaterecclesia #greatgiftbook #booksofourfathers #bookstagram #finebooks #genieduchristianisme #virginandchild
#twentycenturiesofliturgicalmusic


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MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN (Mariology) Frontispiece illustration to the Dictionary of Mary, captioned: "As the daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Bride of the Holy Spirit, Mary was crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth by the Triune God." #marianblue #beholdthymother #marian #mamamary #blessedmother #BVM #booksofourfathers #ourlady #giftbooks #stellamaris #catholicbookworker #advent #incarnationculture #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #materhabebitcuram
#undertheprotectionofourlady


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FEAST OF ST. EDMUND CAMPION Evelyn Waugh. Edmund Campion: Jesuit and Martyr in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, 1946. This post-war edition features Waugh's new Preface, comparing Campion's martyrdom with the modern persecution of the Church: "THE HUNTED, TRAPPED, MURDERED PRIEST IS AMONGST US AGAIN, AND THE VOICE OF CAMPION COMES TO US ACROSS THE CENTURIES, AS THOUGH HE WERE WALKING AT OUR SIDE." In Memoriam: Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan. #livesofthesaints #martyrdom #jesuitbooks #bookstagram #exploreyourfaith #jesuit #booksofourfathers #sonofthechurch #societyofjesus #finebooks #catholic #saintsandmartyrs #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #catholicbookworker


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"CHRISTMAS IS THE FEAST OF THE HOME" (Advent) Msgr. Aloysius F. Coogan. Spiritual Steps to Christmas, 1953. A mid-century collection of meditations on the domestic joys of Advent and Christmas, reflecting G.K. Chesterton's "divine paradox" of The Feast of the Homeless One. #advent #gaudetmaterecclesia #greatgiftbook #catholicbookworker #livingbooks #finebooks
#cardinalspellmanimprimatur #catholic
#incarnationculture #keeperofbooks
#booksofourfathers #atthesignofthestar


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"MEXICO IS A LAND WITH DEEP AND WIDESPREAD DEVOTION TO MARY" (Marian) Joseph L. Cassidy. Mexico, Land of Mary's Wonders, 1958. Survey of the Marian shrines in Mexico, illustrated with 28 photographic plates and a double-page map. This copy in the rare deluxe gilt-stamped leather binding. Ten of the statues depicted were pontifically-crowned, the Papal designation for veneration. John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, and Francis have since crowned an additional six. #marian #booksareart #bookstagram #ourlady #catholicmexico #illustratedfaith #BVM #greatgiftbook #booksofourfathers #incarnationculture #atthesignofthestar #catholicbookworker #undertheprotectionofourlady


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T.S. Eliot. Dante: The Poets on the Poets, 1929. Eliot's "personal account" of his own introduction to Dante points to his innate Classicism: "I SHOULD NOT TRUST THE OPINION OF ANYONE WHO PRETENDED TO JUDGE MODERN VERSE WITHOUT KNOWING HOMER, DANTE, AND SHAKESPEARE." Splendidly decorated by Rex Whistler. #poetry #anglocatholic #collectingdante #genieduchristianisme #supremepoet #incarnationculture #booksofourfathers #booksareart #librorumhelluo #bookstagram #finebooks #catholicbookworker #livingbooks
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture


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W..B. Yeats. The Celtic Twilight and a Selection of Early Poems, 1962. Spending a Sunday morning with a new book from an old friend..."IN IRELAND THIS WORLD AND THE WORLD WE GO TO AFTER DEATH ARE NOT FAR APART" #wbyeats #celticrevival #mystic #worldliterature #poetry #verticaldimension #giftbooks
#bookstagram #booksofourfathers
#booksareart #mysticrose #finebooks
#atthesignofthestar #supremepoet


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KATERI TEKAKWITHA: THE LILY OF THE MOHAWKS. The Song of Tekakwitha: The Lily of the Mohawks, 1942. Closing Benediction in this charmingly illustrated prose poem, printed by the Fordham Jesuits to further the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of then-Venerable Kateri Tekakwitha. "Bless me, then, O God my Father, for my Song of Tekakwitha! Bless them all who hear my singing, bless them with Thy Benediction, such as fell on Tekakwitha: so to love and serve Thee ever, as the Lily of the Mohawks!" #handofgod #livesofthesaints #daughterofthechurch #illustratedfaith #verticaldimension #keeperofbooks #catholicamerica #kateritekakwitha #lilyofthemohawks #jesuitbooks #catholic #finebooks #bookstagram #greatgiftbook #atthesignofthestar #booksofourfathers
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture


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Thomas Merton. Spiritual Direction and Meditation, 1960. "HELPS AND STRENGTHENS US IN OUR GROPING EFFORTS TO CORRESPOND WITH THE GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT" First book edition of these two essays by Thomas Merton, printed by the Benedictines Liturgical Press at St. John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, MN. This copy complete with delicate original "belly-band" dust wrapper, decorated in pink-and-green. #spiritualdirection #discernment #vocation #thomasmerton #finebooks #greatgiftbook #booksofourfathers #catholicbooks #catholicspirituality #sonofthechurch
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture


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"THIS BOOK HAS HAD FAITHFUL FRIENDS THROUGH TWO GENERATIONS" Devotions for Holy Communion, 1964. Revised edition of this popular devotional collecting prayers, readings, hymns, and psalms - all designed to aid in Preparation before Mass or in extra-liturgical Thanksgiving outside Mass. Illustrated with three plates after Albrecht Durer and clad in the distinctive gold-foil jacket of the Burns Oates "Golden Library." #catholic #bookstagram #stellamaris #liturgy #collectingliturgicalbooks #booksareart #catholicculture #eucharist #finebooks #prayer #greatgiftbook #booksofourfathers #librorumhelluo #staroftheseabooks #atthesignofthestar


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DANTE. Dorothy Sayers. The Divine Comedy, 1962. "A GREAT CHRISTIAN ALLEGORY, DERIVING ITS POWER FROM THE TERROR AND SPLENDOUR OF THE CHRISTIAN REVELATION." Complete first edition set of the esteemed Dorothy Sayers translation, with illustrations by William Blake, and maps/diagrams drawn specially for this edition. #supremepoet #thedivinecomedy #dante #anglican #catholic #anglocatholic #collectingcatholicbooks #incarnationculture #booksofourfathers #christianliteraryrevival #dorothysayers #genieduchristianisme #finebooks #atthesignofthestar


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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The Phenomenon of Man, 1959. Philippe Halsman's photo of Teilhard, together with Guy Fleming's Omega dust jacket design for the first English translation. Forbidden to teach or to publish, the French Jesuit's opus remained unpublished until after his death in NYC on Easter Sunday 1955. Veering from the profound to the incomprehensible and back, this controversial book looks increasingly prophetic in the digital age. #incarnationculture #finebooks #pierreteilharddechardin #bookstagram #everythingthatrisesmustconverge #jesuitbooks #societyofjesus #catholic #ignatianspirituality #christianmystic #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #booksofourfathers #sonofthechurch #catholicintellectualtradition


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(Disney Studios) Ave Maria. An Interpretation from Walt Disney's Fantasia, 1940. The stunning conclusion to Disney's masterpiece featured an arrangement of Schubert's "Ave Maria"...the only lyrical segment of an otherwise instrumental film. #sacredmusic #marian #booksareart
#verticaldimension #divineintervention
#booksofourfathers #illustratedfaith
#waltdisney #booksfineandrare #catholic
#catholicamerica #atthesignofthestar #celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture


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Autumn 2018: ROSARY. STAR OF THE SEA BOOKS. Our new catalogue is now available on the website. Karol WOJTYLA. Josef PIEPER. Catherine of SIENA. Christopher DAWSON. Romano GUARDINI. Henri DE LUBAC. Eric GILL. Pierre TEILHARD DE CHARDIN. T.S. ELIOT. Thomas MERTON. Jacques MARITAIN. Pope PIUS XI. Ronald KNOX. Francis DE SALES. Gerard MANLEY HOPKINS. #feastofjohnpaulthegreat #yourhumblebookseller #rosary #catholic #monthoftherosary #booksfineandrare #genieduchristianisme #greatgiftbook #gaudetmaterecclesia #catholicbooks #stellamaris #booksofourfathers


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CHRISTOGRAM. A large and vibrant Chi-Rho graces the endpaper of a mid-century Confraternity New Testament. Now sold and on its way to Ohio. #catholicbooks #christogram #alphaandomega #bible #bookstagram #greatgiftbook #holyscriptures #catholic #booksofourfathers #booksfineandrare #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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FEAST OF SAINT JOHN XXIII. This is the Rosary, 1961. It seems fitting to celebrate the Feast of Good Pope John in the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. This sketch of the Holy Father, gazing heavenward and clutching his beads, appears with his Introduction in this guide to the Rosary. "This prayer - the Holy Rosary - is the simplest and easiest one for all Christian people, and Our venerable predecessors have enriched it with much praise and many blessings." Pope John XXIII. #motherchurchrejoices #johnxxiii #theholyrosary #collectingcatholicbooks #prayer #booksareart #booksofourfathers #saint #thechurchinyourhands #orapronobis #staroftheseabooks


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"THE PILGRIM'S INSTINCT IS DEEP-SET IN THE HUMAN HEART" Evelyn Waugh. The Holy Places, 1953. Waugh casts Saint Helena's quest for The True Cross as the labor of a practical, everyday sort of saint: "What we can learn from Helena is something about the workings of God: that he wants a different thing from each of us, laborious or easy, conspicuous or quite private, but something which only we can do and for which we are each created." Colored wood-engraving by Reynolds Stone. #orapronobis #exploreyourfaith #collectingcatholicbooks #genieduchristianisme #evelynwaugh #catholic #bookstagram #librorumhelluo #pilgrimage #booksofourfathers #sainthelena #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks
#celebratingtheclassicsofcatholicculture


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Thomism: An Introduction, 1967. First English translation of Paul Grenet's brief synthesis of the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Originally published in France in 1960. #thomism #catholicintellectualtradition #catholicism #greatgiftbook #thechurchinyourhands #catholicbooks #physicsandmetaphysics #aquinas #booksofourfathers #librorumhelluo
#scholasticism #atthesignofthestar
#staroftheseabooks #thomist #catholicphilosophy


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BEHIND THE CULT OF THERESE OF LISIEUX. The Hidden Face: A Study of St. Therese of Lisieux, 1959. 1st English translation of this notable biography of the Little Flower by Ida Gorres. The original orange and gray dust jacket features Westminster Cathedral's bronze portrait plaque of Therese (by Giacomo Manzu). #feastday #daughterofthechurch #catholicbooks #incarnationculture #womenofthechurch #librorumhelluo #booksofourfathers #booksareart #saint #finebooks #atthesignofthestar #livesofthesaints #orapronobis #greatgiftbooks


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"LAST INDIAN CHOIR OF OLD MISSION SAN BUENAVENTURA C. 1860" (Liturgy) Mission Music of California: A Collection of Old California Mission Hymns and Masses, 1941. This blurry photograph of a group of indigenous musicians at Mission San Buenaventura (taken in the 1850s shortly after California became part of the United States) fascinates me. #catholiccalifornia #keeperofbooks #collectingliturgicalbooks #booksareart #missionbythesea #finebooks #catholic #franciscan #atthesignofthestar #booksofourfathers #staroftheseabooks


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ORDER OF PREACHERS. Saint Thomas Aquinas: Being Papers Read at the Celebration of the Sixth Centenary of the Canonization, 1925. I love the #dominicandog bounding across the program of this celebration of St. Thomas at the University of Manchester in May 1924. #houndsofthelord #atthesignofthestar #dominicanbooks #boundinghoundofsaintdominic #holyghost #catholicengland #finebooks #bookstagram #incarnationculture #booksofourfathers #orderofpreachers #thechurchinyourhands #thomasaquinas #doctorofthechurch #staroftheseabooks #thecatholictradition


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"THE FIRST GREAT CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY AND THEOLOGIAN" Wilfred Knox. St. Paul, 1932. Wilfrid Knox, a prominent Anglo-Catholic priest and Hellenistic scholar, was the third of the celebrated four Knox Brothers (Edmund, Dillwyn, and Ronald). #anglocatholic #knoxbrothers #saintpaul #missionary #booksfineandrare #livesofthesaints #booksofourfathers #incarnationculture #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks #paultheapostle


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"EVERY PERSON'S CONCEPTION OF GOD IS TOO SMALL. THROUGH HUMILITY WE CAN BEGIN TO GET INTO PERSPECTIVE THE INFINITY OF GOD. THIS IS THE HUMBLE APPROACH" John M. Templeton. The Humble Approach: Scientists Discover God, 1981. Templeton's essay about the intersection of science and spirituality and the establishment of The Templeton Prize ("The Nobel Prize for Religion") includes profiles and photos of the earliest recipients of the prize: Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1973) and Bro. Roger of Taize (1974). #booksofourfathers #finebooks #bookstagram #godshapedhole #keeperofbooks #yourhumblebookseller #ecumenical #scienceandreligion #verticaldimension #templetonprize #motherteresa #brotherrogeroftaizé #atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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(FULTON SHEEN) This is the Mass, 1958. "The Canon of Our Faith: The Credo" ...one of 30 b/w images of Bishop Sheen celebrating Mass, photographs by Yousuf Karsh. #collectingtheliturgy #catholic #greatgiftbook #bishopfultonsheen #finebooks #saint #photobook #holysacrificeofthemass #sacrament #eucharist #devotion #incarnationculture #booksofourfathers #liturgical #tridentine #tradition #orapronobis #atthesignofthestar #catholicamerica


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THE GIFFORD LECTURES OF 1947
Christopher Dawson. Religion and Culture.
Scotland's prestigious Gifford Lectures, interrupted by World War II, resumed in 1947 with Dawson's addresses on the religious foundations of the West. In 1958 the influential English Catholic historian was named the 1st Charles Chauncey Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Studies at Harvard University. #genieduchristianisme #convert #thecatholictradition #finebooks
#thechurchinyourhands #catholicbooks
#booksofourfathers #incarnationculture
#christopherdawson #librorumhelluo
#atthesignofthestar #staroftheseabooks


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"I HAVE ATTACKED NOBODY, UNLESS THEY FIRST ATTACKED ME" Dame Edith Sitwell. Taken Care Of: An Autobiography. The poet Edith Sitwell was received into the Catholic Church in August 1955. According to Evelyn Waugh, Sitwell appeared for her reception "swathed in black like a sixteenth-century infanta." (Joseph Pearce). Dame Edith's tart literary gossip, together with Cecil Beaton's lustrous photographs (and Sitwell's obituary) makes for an evocative book. #catholicliteraryrevival #edithsitwell #cecilbeaton #bookstagram #englishpoetry #collectingcatholicbooks #finebooks #catholicengland #booksareart #convert #incarnationculture #booksofourfathers
#madbadanddangeroustoknow


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G.K. Chesterton. Heretics, 1960. The rare 1905 first edition of the precursor to GKC's great "Orthodoxy" (posted below on August 5th) has SOLD. We've listed this considerably less-expensive Bodley Head edition, part of the publisher's series of elegant Chesterton reprints (also including Orthodoxy, George Bernard Shaw, and The Napoleon of Notting Hill), on the website. Would make a wonderful gift. #collectingcatholicbooks #booksofourfathers #booksfineandrare #convert #catholicengland #catholicliteraryrevival #roadtorome #GKC #gkchesterton #catholic #atthesignofthestar #incarnationculture


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