Title: De L'Imitation De Jesus-Christ 1678
Author: Thomas a Kempis
Publisher: A Paris, Chez la veuve de Charles Savreux
A late 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, 395 pages + Index
Three full page engravings are present.
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with wear at the boards and the leather at the spine having fully peeled away. This copy is also lacking the illustrated engraving facing opposite the title page, and the first illustration to Libri I. There is foxing and staining throughout.