Title: Imitation de Jesus-Christ: Traduction nouvelle sur l'édition latine de 1758. Revue sur huit manuscrits, par M. l'abbé Valart, de l'académie d'Amiens, 1759
Author: Thomas a Kempis; Joseph Valart; Jean-Michel Papillon
Publisher: A Paris, De l’Imprimerie de Joseph Barbou
Condition: Very Good
An extremely scarce mid 18th century edition of the Imitation of Jesus Christ, being a new translation on the Latin edition of 1758. There is also a review of eight manuscripts, by M. l'abbé Valary
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".
This volume has been exquisitely bound in burgundy morocco leather, with rich gilt tooling to the boards and spine, all of which are flowering designs.
Worldcat records four existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One finely bound volume in 12mo, (4)+XX+390+(6) pages
This volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding. There is light, scattered, foxing throughout, with the pages slightly rippled.