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Of the Imitation of Christ: in Three Books, with the Book of the Sacrament

By John Payne; Thomas A. Kempis

1769

W. Nicoll : London

6.5" by 4"

[5], vi-xxxiii, [14], xlviii, [1], 2-252pp

 

 

 

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A scarce second edition copy of John Payne's important translation of Thomas a Kempis' Christian devotional work 'The Imitation of Christ'.

The scarce second edition of this work. 'The Imitation of Christ' is a Christian devotional book, and is known for being the most widely read Christian devotional work, besides the Bible. It is a classic of the genre, and was immensely popular when it was published, going through 745 printings before 1650. Originally written in Latin and published around 1418 to 1427 by Thomas a Kempis. Kempis was a canon regular of the late medieval period. Translated by John Payne. Payne arranged this translation in 1785, due to his interest and passion for the publishing industry that persisted even though he he had started a career with the Bank of England. He was a good friend of Dr Johnson, and was part of the Rambler Club in Ivy Lane, a club founded by Johnson. With a half-title. Prior owner's ink inscription to the half-title, 'M Steevens Wycomb 1820'.

CONDITION

In the original full calf binding. Externally, generally smart, with some rubbing and marking to the boards. Light cracks to the joints. A little loss to the head and tail of the spine, and to the tail of the rear joint. Light surface cracks to the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and clean with just a couple of light spots. Prior owner's ink inscription to the half-title.

Overall Condition: Good

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