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												The Seven Storey Mountain. by  Thomas Merton
	 - Signed First Edition
			 - 1948
		 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 81934)

The Seven Storey Mountain.

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The Seven Storey Mountain.

by Merton, Thomas

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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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are rare. In 1941, a brilliant, good-looking young man decided to give up a promising literary career in New York to enter a monastery in Kentucky, from where he proceeded to become one of the most influential writers of this century. Thomas Merton's first book, The Seven Storey Mountain, describes his early doubts, his conversion to a Catholic faith of extreme certainty, and his decision to take life vows as a Trappist. Although his conversionary piety sometimes falls into sticky-sweet abstractions, Merton's autobiographical reflections are mostly wise, humble, and concrete. The best reason to read The Seven Storey Mountain, however, may be the one Merton provided in his introduction to its Japanese translation: "I seek to speak to you, in some way, as your own self. Who can tell what this may mean? I myself do not know, but if you listen, things will be said that are perhaps not written in this book. And this will be due not to me but to the One who lives and speaks in both." It is listed by The National Review's list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century, and was also listed as one of the top 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century (2000) by William J. Petersen.

Synopsis

This memoir follows author and social activist Thomas Merton through his life as a young man and his subsequent spiritual journey, as he chooses to leave society behind and join the Trappist monks in the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in Kentucky, USA.

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bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
81934
Title
The Seven Storey Mountain.
Author
Merton, Thomas
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Harcourt, Brace & World
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1948
Keywords
Seven Storey Mount First Edition, signed first edition, Thomas Merton First Edition
Bookseller catalogs
Biography and Autobiography;

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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fine
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jacket
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First Edition
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