Title: De imitatione Christi, 1518
Author: Jean Charlier de Gerson; Eckert van Homberch
Publisher: Antverpie, Henricus Eckert de Homberch
Condition: Very Good
An early 16th century of Jean Charlier de Gerson’s rendition of Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ. This copy bears several rubricated initials and red initials throughout. Additionally bound is a 15th century vellum manuscript scrap being used as a front endpaper.
The Imitation was a devotional text produced by Kempis in the early 15th century, being a handbook inspired by the Devotio Moderna movement, which called for religious reform through pious practices and enjoying the simplicity of life. Next to the Bible, The Imitation is the most popular Christian work in history, being a religious classic, and seeing numerous editions printed over the centuries.
The imitation is divided into four separate books, being "Helpful Counsels of the Spiritual Life", "Directives for the Interior Life", "On Interior Consolation" and "On the Blessed Sacrament".
Of Gerson himself, he was a French scholar, educator, reformer, and one of the most prominent theologians at the Council of Constance. He was one of the first to develop what would later be described as natural rights theory, and one of the first to defend Joan of Arc and proclaim her supernatural vocation as authentic.
One vellum bound volume in 16mo, 95 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is lacking the title page, with soiling to the first and last leaves. There are signs of repair and heavier wear on the first four leaves. There is some light damp staining throughout. This volume is in very good shape otherwise.