First Edition of Thomas Merton's Silence Dans Le Ciel
Silence Dans Le Ciel.
Item Number: 95366
Paris: Arthaud, 1955.
First edition of Merton’s work on monastic life and preparation for death. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, illustrated with photographs, with the rare original dust jacket laid in. In very good condition.
American Catholic writer, theologian and Trappist monk Thomas Merton authored more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Merton was a proponent of interfaith understanding and pioneered dialogue between many prominent spiritual figures including the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. Fearing the Draft Board in 1941, Merton went to the Abbey of Gethsemani where he was accepted into the Order and studied the complicated Cistercian sign language and daily work and worship routine and kept detailed journals which would inform many of his works.
Other Books by this Author
"They were the first Christian hermits, who abandoned the cities of the pagan world to live in solitude": First edition of Thomas Merton's The Wisdom of the Desert
New York: New Directions, 1960.
First edition of Merton’s selection of proverbs from the early nomadic Christians of the Egyptian Desert. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
"Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity": First Edition of The Authors Landmark Work The Seven Storey Mountain; signed by Thomas Merton
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1948.
First edition, first-issue binding in white cloth and in the first-issue dust jacket with the photo on rear panel captioned: “Author is second from the left.” Signed by Thomas Merton on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed first editions are rare.
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1957.
First edition of this classic meditation by Merton. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Thomas Merton on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket photograph showing the cloister of the Cistercian Abbey of Hauterive, Fribourg, Switzerland by Benedikt Rast. A very nice example, uncommon signed.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time": First Edition of Thomas Merton's No Man Is An Island
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955.
First edition of Merton’s reflections on the spiritual life. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
First Edition of Thomas Merton's Seasons of Celebration: Meditations on the Cycle of Liturgical Feasts
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1965.
First edition of this work by Merton. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953.
First edition of the daily journal of American Trappist monk Thomas Merton. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Thomas Merton on the title page. Very good in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time": Thomas Merton's No Man Is An Island; inscribed by him
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955.
First edition, early printing of Merton’s reflections on the spiritual life. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A – with all best wishes in Xt Fr. M Louis.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light wear to the crown and foot of the spine. Books signed by Merton are rare as he lived most of his life in the Abbey of Gethsemani.
Original signed artwork from Thomas Merton. In the last decade of his life, while living as a hermit-monk in dialogue with the world, Thomas Merton created a body of visual art, drawing from the Zen Buddhist tradition. When he was a student at Columbia University, Merton sought out a Hindu monk named Bramachari for counsel. The monk advised Merton to follow his own Christian tradition to find what he was most deeply looking for. A strong admirer of Gandhi, Merton also noted how Gandhi, a Hindu, had found a congenial ‘ second home’ of sorts in the Christian Sermon on the Mount. In the 1950’s Merton began exploring Buddhism, especially Zen Buddhism. He thought he found some resonance between Zen and the Desert Fathers. Merton sent a copy of his study of the Desert Fathers to Daisetsu Suzuki, the leading exponent of Zen in the west. They began a long correspondence in the late 1950’s, and Suzuki’s influence can be seen in Merton’s artwork. Includes a letter from activist W.H. Ferry, which reads, “4/3/68 For Mary Sue Dilliard: Daisetsu Suzuki told Father Tom Merton in 1965 that the only way finally to understand Zen was to practice calligraphy. This is the result: one of Tom’s earliest calligraphs. W.H. Ferry.” On the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions letterhead, which Ferry was the Vice President. Matted and framed, which measures 13 inches by 15 inches. Calligraphy drawing measures 9 inches by 12.5 inches. On the verso of the frame, it includes various Merton material including numerous clippings. Original artwork by Merton is exceptionally rare in the marketplace.
Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1950.
First edition of Merton’s interpretation of the life of St. Lutgarde, a thirteenth centiry saint and mystic who chose the way of La Trappe as her path to God. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
"The gospels tell us the sublimest mysteries of our faith": First Edition of Thomas Merton's The Living Bread
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1956.
First edition of Merton’s work on the sacrament of the Eucharist. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"Vogue has sometimes been called a civilizing force. If that is true, perhaps it is because a civilization, to endure, needs voices to sing its praise": The World in Vogue; inscribed to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton
New York: The Viking Press, 1963.
First edition of this work on the groundbreaking publication Vogue. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton, “Merry Xmas, Vivien darling, with all my love always – Dec. 25/’63.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket with a few tears.
Cairo, Egypt: Cairo Postcard Trust, c. 1920.
Accordion-fold album of photographic views, showing landmarks of old Cairo, including: General View and the Great Mosque Sultan Hassan; Procession of the Holy Carpet; Blue Mosque; Soliman Pasha Street; British Soldiers Traversing Kamel Street; Kursaal Casino; Continental Hotel; Shepheard’s Hotel and The Matarieh Holy Tree. Small octavo, original maroon morocco, stamped in white and gilt, mounted view on cover.
Portland, Maine: Chisholm Bros, c. 1890.
First edition. Contains 26 large panels of views in leporello (accordion-fold) format. Based on photographs, the views include: Birdseye view of Jacksonville (double-plate); 13 more views of Jacksonville, including St. James Hotel, Bay Street, Windsor Hotel, Palmetto Building, Everett House, Sub-tropical Exposition Buildings, Carleton House; 41 views of St. Augustine, including Hotel Ponce de Leon (court, dining room, parlor, casino, bathing pool, etc), Anastasia Island (triple-plate), St. Francis Street, San Marco Hotel, Charlotte Street, Old Slave Market, Magnolia House, Hotel Cordova, The Alcazar, Villa Zorayda, Fort Marion, St. George Street, tropical plants, etc.; Green Cove Springs, including Hotel Ormond, Thaddeus David’s Winter Residence, street views; Magnolia, including Magnolia Hotel and Landing, Welcome Gate, Wonder Gate, etc.; Palatka, including Hart’s Orange Grove, Putnam House, St. John River; Steamer and views on the Ocklawaha River; Pensacola; Tallahassee; Lake Monroe; Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and several other black stereotypes; Tampa, including New City Hall, Tampa Bay Hotel, etc.; Key West, including Front Street, Marine Hospital, Cuban Quarter, Fort Taylor, etc. Bound in decorative brown cloth, stamped in white, gilt, and blind, with floral bouquet and alligators on cover. Rare.
"I like complexity and contradiction in architecture": First Edition of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture "an essential document in architectural literature"; Warmly Inscribed by Robert Venturi
New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1966.
First edition of this essential document of architectural literature. Octavo, original gray cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Al, Friendship and respect Bob Venturi.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear.