Stoddard, John L.
AQS by the famed traveler and lecturer, amplifying St. Augustine’s words
(1850-1931) Massachusetts-born author, hymn writer and lecturer who gained popularity through his travelogues. After graduation from Williams College in 1871, he studied 2 years of theology at Yale Divinity School and then taught Latin and French at Boston Latin School. He began traveling around the world in 1874 and published “Red-Letter Days Abroad” in 1884. He turned his experiences into a series of popular lectures delivered throughout North America, periodically published in book form as “John L. Stoddard's Lectures”, eventually numbered 10 volumes and 5 supplements (1897-1898). In 1901 Stoddard published a book on Gibraltar. The books include numerous illustrations derived from the immense catalog of photographs taken by Stoddard, and cover every subject, from art and architecture, to archaeology and natural history. The books were immensely popular in their day and many copies still survive. Later in life, Stoddard also published poetry, as well as books on religious subjects. Stoddard was an agnostic for more than 30 years before converting with his wife to Roman Catholicism. In 1922 he published “Rebuilding a Lost Faith”, a famous work of apologetics which is still in print.
Stoddard was a proponent of the restoration of the Jewish people to Israel. In Vol. 2 of his “Lectures”, he told the Jews, “You are a people without a country; there is a country without a people. Be united. Fulfill the dreams of your old poets and patriarchs. Go back, go back to the land of Abraham”, a sentiment popularized as “A land without a people for a people without a land.” “John L. Stoddard's Lectures” comprise:
v. 1 Norway. Switzerland. Athens. Venice.
v. 2 Constantinople. Jerusalem. Egypt.
v. 3 Japan (2 lectures). China.
v. 4 India (2 lectures). The Passion play.
v. 5 Paris. La belle France. Spain.
v. 6 Berlin. Vienna. St. Petersburg. Moscow.
v. 7 The Rhine. Belgium. Holland. Mexico.
v. 8 Florence. Naples. Rome.
v. 9 Scotland. England. London.
v. 10 Southern California. Grand cañon of the Colorado River. Yellowstone National Park.
v. 11 Photographs - Portfolio of Photographs - Photographic view of the entire world of nature and art, the old and new world (256 photos).
# 1 Ireland (2 lectures). Denmark. Sweden.
# 2 Canada (2 lectures). Malta. Gibraltar.
# 3 South Tyrol. Around Lake Garda. The Dolomites.
# 4 Sicily. Genoa. A drive through the Engadine.
# 5 Lake Como. The upper Danube. Bohemia.
AQS on Stoddard’s 8 ½ x 5 1/2 “The Stoddard Lectures” Boston letterhead, March 5 1891: “This world is a kind of book, of which we have only read the first page, when we have seen merely our own country.” St. Augustine stated: “The world is a book, and those who don't travel only read one page.”
Condition: Very good, 2 mail folds
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