Parkminster, Cowfold: Printed by the author, 1905. [Catholic Religious Society Almanac] RARE ALMANAC EX LIBRIS DENIS HEALEY. Octavo (16 x 10cm), unpaginated. Very finely printed in several colours, including gilt, and two photogravure illustrations tipped-in. Stamped as copy number 60, of print run unlikely to have been above 100. Hand-bound by the author in green cloth with horizontal grain, a photogravure image of the Virgin to upper, and roughly-coloured purple endpapers. With a loose compliments slip, and an ALS from the archivist of Bishop's House, Newcastle, addressed to Denis Healey concerning an investigation into the provenance of the book, dated March 1999. Compliments slip spotted and addressed to 'Mother' in black ink. Small neat black ink ownership of the Hon. Mrs. Stapleton-Bretherton to title page, who has a number of family members mentioned in the book, several recently deceased. Spotting to edges. Light wear to cloth. Near fine. An unusual Catholic religious society handbook, containing the details of members (Nuns and Priests only), and full lists of their families, with deaths and marriages noted. A calendar also records family birthdays and the dates of deaths. From the library of British Labour politician Denis Healey (1917-2015), who seems to have discovered it in a jumble sale, and sought to find out more about the society, founded by Carthusian Monk John Joseph Petre, and Sacred Heart Nun Sibyl Mary Petre in 1888. Item #57388
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