[in original parts, + others] being A Reply to a Pamphlet entitled "What, then, does Dr. Newman mean?". [Complete in eight serial parts -- I through VII plus the Appendix.] London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864. Original buff wrappers printed in black. **With:** Kingsley, Rev. Charles. "WHAT, THEN, DOES DR. NEWMAN MEAN?" London & Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1864. Stitched. **With:** [Newman, J.H.] MR. KINGSLEY and DR. NEWMAN: A CORRESPONDENCE on the Question... London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864. Original self-wrapper. **With:** Meyrick, Rev F. BUT ISN'T KINGSLEY RIGHT AFTER ALL? London: Rivingtons, 1864.
First Edition in the original eight serial parts (at the conclusion of which the APOLOGIA was issued in book form) -- together with Kingsley's original pamphlet that caused Newman to respond, and Newman's summation of their correspondence (which does not appear in the book form).
Newman had always been inclined to brood over the general misunderstanding of his motives, and hoped for an opportunity of vindication. A chance aspersion by Kingsley [Charles, in a book review -- claiming that Newman had said "Truth, for its own sake, has never been a virtue of the Roman Catholic clergy"]... woke Newman to life. It led first to an exchange of letters; then to an exchange of pamphlets; and then to what many have called the most beautiful piece of prose in the English language, the greatest confession since Rousseau and St. Augustine, the APOLOGIA PRO VITA SUA. Written under great pressure and published in parts as they were completed from April to June 1864, it aroused an instantaneous response among Catholics and Protestants alike... Newman's most striking characteristic was his unusual emotional sensitiveness. He is said to have written much of his APOLOGIA with the tears streaming down his face... The slight suspicion with which he had been regarded within the Catholic Church having been dissipated by the APOLOGIA, and the accession of a new pope removing reluctance in higher quarters, the long-awaited recognition came, and in 1879 Newman was created Cardinal... [K&H]
A classic from the day it was completed, the 'Apologia' will ever be the chief authority for Newman's early thoughts, and for his judgment on the great religious revival known as the Oxford Movement, of which he was the guide, the philosopher, and the martyr [Catholic Encyclopedia].
The eight serial parts are in very good-plus condition (quite clean except for the front cover of the Appendix, some wear to the very delicate spines). Three of the parts have page numbers penciled lightly onto the front cover, indicating the location of marginal penciled notes within. One of the "Grolier 100" books of English Literature. Colbeck p. 605. Housed in a custom clamshell case. Provenance: case booklabel of Robert and Donna Jackson; exhibited in 1996 at the Grolier Club, "Essential Parts" (p. 38). Item #14342