“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be": Finely Bound Example of Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ
The Imitation of Christ.
a Kempis, Thomas.$475.00
Item Number: 93017
New York: Brentano's, 1913.
Finely bound example of a Kempis’ classic work. Octavo, bound in full purple morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, triple gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, inner dentelles, frontispiece in sepia. An exceptional presentation.
The Imitation is perhaps the most widely read Christian devotional work next to the Bible, and is regarded as a devotional and religious classic. Its popularity was immediate, and it was printed 745 times before 1650. Apart from the Bible, no book has been translated into more languages than the Imitation of Christ at the time. The text is divided into four books, which provide detailed spiritual instructions: "Helpful Counsels of the Spiritual Life", "Directives for the Interior Life", "On Interior Consolation" and "On the Blessed Sacrament".