The booklet titled, “Cistercian Life” (1974) began as the booklet, “Come to the Mountain” in 1964. It is a little difficult to follow all the publications since then. In this archive there are now ten (10) different covers for this title, and this doesn’t include different language editions. Most recently
Recently added: Clairvaux (Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies, UCSB, 1985). One of only 15 copies printed. Hand-sewn wrappers, with text letterpress printed on Rives Heavyweight; pp. Privately printed edition of Merton’s poem dedicated to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, which first appeared in The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton (New
An interesting presentation copy: The Spirituality of the Compassion (1977) by Henri Nouwen, Douglas Morrison, and Donald McNeill This is a buckram bound mimeographed typescript manuscript. Autographed presentation copy from Henri Nouwen to the late Colin Williams (Dean Yale Divinity, etc.). It begins with a typed letter: “We invite you
An important addition to the Merton-artifacts collection: A group of over 30 original mimeographs, offprints, and periodicals purchased from Merton bookdealer Jeannette Cantrell who received them from monk of Gethsemani Tom Zele. This group of items was obtained by Zele during the 1960s while living alongside Merton at the monastery.
Added recently to the Merton-artifacts collection: Merton’s first book of poetry, Thirty Poems (New Directions, 1944) A hard cover copy, in dust jacket, of Merton’s first book of poetry, Thirty Poems (New Directions, 1944). This book was inscribed by Merton’s friend, Robert Lax, to an acquaintance. The book itself is not the
A very rare find has been added to the collection this month: A book titled The Alaskan Journal of Thomas Merton  It is a numbered (1 of only 4), limited, deluxe publisher’s presentation copy – up until now seemingly unknown by Merton bibliographers. It was printed by Sandra Reese at
An interesting addition: An unbound copy of Ox Mountain Parable of Meng Tzu (1960) – introduction by Thomas Merton. It is consists of two folded sheets (11×17) laid into a cloth, custom fitted, latched book box. It is surmised that these pages were sent by Victor Hammer (Stamperia del Santuccio)
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