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    An Incunable Edition of The Imitation of Christ

    [Thomas á Kempis]. [Ein ware Nachvolgung Cristi]. (Imitatio Christi). Augsburg: [Hans Schobser], 1493, December 9. Incunable edition in German, this being the third printed German translation. Small quarto. [*6], a-v8, w8, x4 (lacks *1 and 2, including title-page with woodcut); [a1, a8, b1, b8, c1, c8, d1, d8]. 168 (of 178) leaves. First ten leaves rubricated with initials colored or supplied in red ink and several decorated initials. Bound to style in modern full brown morocco, boards elaborately tooled and paneled in blind, spine with three raised bands. Minor rubbing to binding, Text has occasional foxing and thumbsoiling, the final leaf is cut and mounted (no loss). The first six leaves have worm damage (a few letters touched). Some light dampstains on ?8-n1. Housed in slipcase. A very good copy.
    Goff I 41. Polain (B) 4453. IBP 3043. Günt (L) 134. Deckert 381. Borm 2634. Walsh 614. BMC II, 378. ISTC ii00041000. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    [Thomas á Kempis]. [Ein ware Nachvolgung Cristi]. Imitatio Christi. Augsburg: [Hans Schobser], 1493, December 9. Incunable edition in German, this being the third printed German translation. Small quarto. [*6], a-v8, w8, x4 (lacks *1 and 2, including title-page with woodcut); [a1, a8, b1, b8, c1, c8, d1, d8]. 168 (of 178) leaves. First ten leaves rubricated with initials colored or supplied in red ink and several decorated initials. Bound to style in modern full brown morocco, boards elaborately tooled and paneled in blind, spine with three raised bands. Minor rubbing to binding, Text has occasional foxing and thumbsoiling, the final leaf is cut and mounted (no loss). The first six leaves have worm damage (a few letters touched). Some light dampstains on ?8-n1. Housed in slipcase.

    "Imitation of Christ is a writing of the mysticist German-Dutch school of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and is widely considered one of the greatest manuals of devotion in Christianity. Protestants and Roman Catholics alike join in giving it praise. The Jesuits give in an official place among their "exercises." (Wikipedia).

    Goff I 41. Polain (B) 4453. IBP 3043. Günt (L) 134. Deckert 381. Borm 2634. Walsh 614. BMC II, 378. ISTC ii00041000.



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