Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work; Lengthily inscribed by Her
Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work.
Doig, Desmond (Mother Teresa).
Item Number: 87890
London: Collins, 1976.
First edition, early printing of this early biography on Mother Teresa, by Desmond Doig, who was the first journalist to cover Mother Teresa. Octavo, original cloth, profusely illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Mother Teresa on the front free endpaper, “Dear Mrs. Doris Engler, God love you for the love you have given and the care you have taken of Jesus in the distressing disguise of the Poor. God bless you M Teresa ME 11/5/77.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Of the few signed books by Mother Teresa which we seen and handled, this is by far the longest inscription we have seen.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which by 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counselling programs; orphanages; and schools. Members must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, as well as a fourth vow, to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor." Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honors, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In October 2003, she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta."