This lengthy treatise on a somewhat specialist subject is one of the many volumes by the Revd. F. C. Woodhouse, who wrote widely on the subject of religion and the military. Many of his titles are still available, having been re-published in paperback form in the past few years, but this is not one of them. Chapters include 'Theory and Principle of Monasticism', 'Origin and Early History of Monasticism', 'Monasticism in Britain', 'The Corruptions of Monasticism', and finally 'The Revival of Monasticism in the Church of England'. Published in 1896, it is prefaced by a heartfelt appeal for a brave religious man who can rise to the challenge of caring for the forgotten poor in an age of relentless progress and industrial effort.
Ours is a first edition copy (1896), bound in dark maroon cloth with black design and lettering on front and spine (the latter rather sunned). The exterior shows signs of wear consistent with its age - bumping of corners, shelf wear to top & tail of spine, rubbing of edges and spine angles - but is in overall good condition. Inside, the front fep is detached but present, and both endpapers are browned; the rear one has one or two tiny pencilled notes. The sewn binding is generally firm, but with a weak point at pp. 208-9; occasional neatly pencilled notes have been made on a few pages, but otherwise pages are clean and bright. No foxing.