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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Of the Imitation of Christ.

THOMAS (à Kempis).

THOMAS (à Kempis).

Of the Imitation of Christ. Three, Both for Wisedom, & Godlines, most Excellent Bookes: Made 170 Yeeres since by one Thomas of Kempis, & for the Worthines thereof oft since Translated out of Latine into Sundrie Languages by Divers Godlie and Learned Men. Now Newlie Corrected, Translated, and with most Ample Textes, and Sentences of Hoile Scripture.

Illustrated by Thomas Rogers. MDLXXX.

Woodcut on the title-pages and woodcut initials and device on the colophon. Partly printed in red.

Folio. [296 x 214 x 30 mm]. [1]f, 215 pp. Bound by Bayntun-Riviere in red morocco, the covers tooled in gilt with a single fillet border and panel of three fillets extending to squares at the corners. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments, lettered in the second and third and dated at the foot, the others with an ornamental centre, the turn-ins tooled with three gilt fillets, marbled endleaves, top edge gilt, the others uncut.
London: Essex House Press, 1904.

The colophon reads: "Of these Four Books of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, Edited by Ernest Godman from the Earliest English Translations, the First Three are from that of Thomas Rogers MDLXXX, the Fourth from that of the Lady Margaret Countess of Richmond, and Printed by Wynkyn De Worde in MDIIII. This Book has been Printed at the Essex House Press, Campden, Glos., under the Care of C. R. Ashbee, by whom also is the Block which was Cut on the Plank by Alec. Miller. AD. MDCCCCIIII".

100 paper copies were printed, of which this was no.87. There were also 10 on vellum.

Occasional minor spotting, but a very good copy.

Stock no. ebc3039

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