Title: De Imitatione Christi Libri Quatuor, 1675
Author: Thomas à Kempis
Publisher: Jacob Merlo Horstius, Coloniae
A late and scarce illustrated 17th century edition of Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ. The Imitation was a devotional produced by Kempis in the early 15th century, being a handbook inspired by the Devotio Moderna movement, which called religious reform though 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 printings.
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".
One volume in 12mo/16mo, 395 pages + Index
Three full page engravings are present.
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with the mottled calf binding holding well, and some wear and chipping present on the spine. This copy is also lacking the illustrated engraving facing opposite the title page, and the first illustration to Libri I. There little to no foxing or staining present, although some of the text throughout the volume is underlined with a colored pencil