Note: this is an economy paperback version of this book. For a hardcover version, visit the St. Augustine Academy Press website.
With stunning black and white engravings on every page, A Pictorial Catechism seeks to teach the laws of Christ and His Church with images portraying biblical scenes. The Apostle's Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Commandments of the Church, Sin, Virtue, the Sacraments and Prayer are all brought to life with these vivid illustrations and quotes from Scripture pertaining to the precepts being taught. In this way, not only does it instruct; at the same time, it demonstrates the biblical basis for each teaching.
Highly recommended in its day by a who's who of Church authorities, including Cardinal Wiseman, we have carefully restored these engravings and have improved the original layout of the book, grouping the subjects into clearly demarcated sections. The table of contents displays the tenets to be learned, while an index helps the reader find images in chronological order as they are found in the Bible. Best of all, the engravings make perfect coloring pages for children.
This book garnered rave reviews upon its publication in 1862, even from an Anglican-dominated secular press. The London Art Review praised its "One hundred and twelve wood engravings, well executed, after the original designs of a distinguished artist of the Dusseldorf school," despite its object "to inculcate the doctrines of Romanism."