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De Imitatione Christi Libri Quatuor Auctore Thoma: Kempis, Thomas a

Kempis, Thomas a

Published by Apud Pezzana (1735)

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Item Description: Apud Pezzana, 1735. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. B00OP2BMDS In Latin. 1735 Apud Pezzana (Venice, Italy), 2 3/8 x 4 7/8 inches tall full vellum bound, three raised bands to spine, engraved title page, 396, [10] pp., complete (including blank endpapers). Covers rubbed, stained and edgeworn, with fraying at tips. Minor staining to pastedowns and blank endpapers. Old ink number to front free-endpaper. Very minor soiling to title page. Otherwise, apart from occasional light soiling or very slight foxing, a very good copy of this scarce Venetian edition. OCLC (Nos. 561540824, 797570376) locates only four copies worldwide - two at the British Library, and two in Italy (Trento and Rovereto). Reference: Augustin De Backer, Essai Bibliographique sur le Livre De Imitatione Christi, 356. The Imitation of Christ was written by Catholic monk Thomas Kempis (circa 1380-1471), as four separate books completed between 1420 and 1427, at Mount Saint Agnes monastery, in the town of Windesheim, located in what is now the Netherlands. He wrote these works for the instruction of novices of his Augustinian monastic order, followers of Geert Groote's Brethren of the Common Life. But the writings quickly became popular among all the literate faithful. They were copied together in one manuscript as early as 1427, by Kempis, and copied (and later printed) together fairly consistently thereafter. Soon after hand-copied versions of the Imitatio Christi initially appeared, the printing press was invented, and it was among the first books after the Bible to be printed. There is probably no other book apart from the Bible which has been printed in so many editions and translations. Bookseller Inventory # KM4-1041-1665

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