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De imitatione Christi. by  Thomas A KEMPIS - Hardcover - 1626 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 146710)

De imitatione Christi.

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De imitatione Christi.: Libri quatuor; Denuò ad fidem autographi anni M.CCC.XLI. recensiti: cum vita eiusdem Thomae, per Heribertum Ros-weydum societatis Iesu.

by A KEMPIS, Thomas

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Antwerp: Ex Officina Plantiniana, Apud Balthasarem Moretum, & Viduam Ioannis Moreti, & Io. Meursium,, 1626. One of two "best Latin editions" Duodecimo (136 x 76 mm). Finely bound in early 18th-century full vellum, manuscript titles in ink to spine, raised bands, decorative motif in blind to compartments, red and blue mottled edges. Housed in a custom patterned heavy paper-lined mottled calf box tooled in blind (a little scuffed). Engraved title vignette and full-page illustration, historiated woodcut initials. The binding firm and clean, internally crisp; a fine copy. An attractive copy of this Plantinian edition in Latin of Thomas A Kempis's masterpiece, The Imitation of Christ (1441), here edited by the Belgian Jesuit hagiographer Héribert Rosweyde (1569-1629). First published in 1617, the Rosweyde edition is noted, in a 1883 edition in English, as one of two "best Latin editions" (p. xxi); both were published by Plantin. Mainly composed of aphorisms and maxims advocating humility, resignation and abnegation, this work has known the greatest number of impressions, after the Bible. "This little book never left me, in summer in my pocket, in winter in my sleeve. I knew almost all the chapters by heart" (Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux). In this edition, the Certissima Testimonia replace the Elogia Magnorum Virorum of earlier editions published between 1617 and 1622. BL system number BLL01001871884.


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De imitatione Christi.
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Antwerp: Ex Officina Plantiniana, Apud Balthasarem Moretum, & Viduam Ioannis Moreti, & Io. Meursium,
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Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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