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Monastic Peace

Merton, Thomas

Published by Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, 1958
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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A pristine octavo First Edition, First (and only) Printing booklet in paper wraps, comprised of 4 preliminary pages, 57 paginated pages, and 3 endpapers. In near fine condition, with some very light fading to the upper portion of the front paper wrap. This copy was inscribed by Thomas Merton "To Jessie L. Gill, with very cordial best wishes, Thomas Merton". One of 5,000 First Edition copies of "Monastic Peace" that were printed for The Abbey of Gethsemani by the North Central Publishing Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota in April, 1958. These booklets were sold at the Abbey of Gethsemani Gatehouse, and they are extremely difficult to find in this condition, and nearly impossible to find signed or inscribed by Thomas Merton as Thomas Merton. While Merton was a monk at The Abbey of Gethsemani, his religious superiors limited his contacts with the outside World, and when he was permitted to sign or inscribe his published works he more usually than not signed them with his chosen Monastic name, Brother Louis. It is illustrated with some previously unpublished black and white photographs of the Monks of Gethsemani Abbey doing their daily chores, and several of the photographs depict Merton conducting Mass, receiving the Host, and scrubbing floors. The recipient of this booklet from Mertonís hand, Jessie L. Gill, was a student member of the Students for a Democratic Society (The SDS) at Harvard University, and an undercover FBI and CIA operative within the Harvard SDS organization during the turbulent years of the late 1960s. Her rather checkered and unusual story is chronicled in the Harvard Crimson issues of April 12th, April 14th, and April 24th, 1973 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 016302

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Title: Monastic Peace

Publisher: Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky

Publication Date: 1958

Binding: Original Printed Wrappers

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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