An extraordinary recent find:

  • Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1956), published by Victor Hammer’s Stamperia del Santuccio.

This is a prayer printed on one sheet, French-folded, to make four printable pages (8 total). This copy is inscribed by Thomas Merton: “Very gratefully and with the promise of special prayers in Christ Our Lord/ Fr. Louis Merton.” OCLC/Worldcat locates only two confirmed copies, none signed. According to a note by Carolyn Reading Hammer, wife of Victor Hammer, 54 copies were printed – of which Merton received 50 copies and Hammer retained four (info retrieved by Woldcat documentation). An exceptionally uncommon Merton item.

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