New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1959). First edition. 8vo. Red cloth stamped in gold. 120 pp. Bottom corner of free front endpaper bent and a little discolored. A slim touch of discoloration on fore-edge of last 20 pp. Overall tight, clean, fine condition. / Spine of dust jacket a little faded. Otherwise fine. Item #961
This practical handbook illustrates and explains the 134 symbols most commonly employed in Christian religious art and liturgical practice. Each drawing is based on a study of the many uses in art of the symbol it represents; it is not a reproduction of any one use but a careful rendering of the essential elements of the symbol. The brief, incisive text explains the origin and meaning of each symbol and relates it to appropriate passages in the Scriptures and in the Patristic writings. Where there is any significant difference int he wording of the texts, both the King James and the Douai Versions are cited. They symbols are arranged in dictionary order, from A to X for ready reference. The Index includes full cross-references. Artists, architects and designers, as well as students and teachers of religion, will find this clear and authoritative handbook invaluable.