Thomas A Kempis
Oxford - Jas Parter and Co, 1880 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An Oxford Edition of this famousdevotional work. In a vellum binding with a beautiful red and black decorative title page. With illuminated letters to the start of each chapter and nice red borders to each page. No date to title page, dated from Copac. The Imitation of Christ is Thomas A Kempis' most famous work. Originally written in latin ca 1418-1427 it is a handbook for leading a spiritual life. It arises from the Devotio Moderna movement of medieval times, of which Kempis was a member. The Imitation is considered to be one of the most widely read devotional works next to the Bible. It has also been translated into many language, with the only book superseding the number of translations being the Bible. Formed of four books, this work provides detailed spiritual instructions. The books are 'Help Counsels of the Spiritual Life', 'Directives for the Interior Life', 'On Interior Consolation' and 'On Blessed Sacrament'. Condition: In a full vellum binding with gilt stamping to the spine. Externally, generally smart with patches of rubbing to the joints and to the head and tail of spine. Tidemark to the front board from a prior owner's cup. Marks to boards as expected from vellum. Small ink spill to recto of front endpaper and a small hole. Does not affect text. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with the odd spot throughout . Overall: VERY GOOD..