New York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1952. First American Edition. First printing. Octavo (21cm). Original green cloth, with original red and black dust jacket; plain endpapers; [xxv],297pp; publisher's ads to jacket rear; black and white plates. Ownership inscription of Mary M. Darley. Straight, lightly rubbed at edges, paper lightly toned: Very Good. Jacket browning at rear and edges, large chips at head and liower front edge, a few short tears, but largely whole: Good.
Gerard (1564-1637) was an English Jesuit operating covertly in Elizabeth England. "Disguised as a country gentleman, Gerard traveled about the country saying mass, preaching and converting in secret. The houses in which he found shelter were frequently raided; priest-holes, hide-outs, and hair-breadth escapes were matters of fact, not fiction" (jacket flap). He escaped imprisonment and went on to write an account of his adventures in Latin, which was first translated into English in 1951.