Rare Books Thomas Aquinas Two Volume Set Volume One and Volume Two Great Books of the Western World 1977 Britannica Theology Gift Books

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This is a near fine (almost like new) set of two hardcovers. Encyclopedia Britannica 1977 21st Printing. This set of two volumes is like new inside and out. The inside pages are crisp and clean with no markings seen. The bindings are tight and straight, like new. Brown hardcover boards with red trim and gold lettering along spine are also near fine with barely a hint of shelf wear. Medium octavo book size or 6.5" x 9.5" each.

Great Books of the Western World by Encyclopedia Britannica was originally published in 1952 as a 54 volume set. The idea of the series was to present great books of the western world that were relevant to contemporary matters with important historical content. They were intended to be part of a conversation about great ideas and literature. They were re-issued in 1990 in a 60 volume set with some titles added and some titles left out. The idea for the series began at the University of Chicago where a course was developed with the idea of a round table approach for reading and discussing great books. The purpose was to fill the gaps in education and afford a well-rounded intellect familiar with the great works of the Western Canon along with great ideas.
Initial reception was poor but the first sets were gifted to Queen Elizabeth ll of England and President Harry Truman. Time magazine did a piece on the set featuring Mortimer J. Adler, Editor in Chief, who was integral to the university course and the subsequent set of books. Soon, the popularity of the series soared. The series features works from ancient classics to modern masterpieces.

This two volume set was translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province and revised by Daniel J. Sullivan. Thomas Aquinas was an Italian priest. He was one of the most influential theologian and philosopher. He is honored by the Catholic Church as a saint, regarding him as the model teacher for the priesthood. He has influenced many modern writers with his theories and works.

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