Thomas à Kempis - Imitatione Christi, Libri Quartuor - 1762

Thomas à Kempis - Imitatione Christi, Libri Quartuor - 1762
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Beautiful copy of Thomae Kempis, Canonici Regularis Ordinis S. Augustini, De Imitatione Christi, Libri Quartuor, Jesu Christo Messiae, Christiani Hominus Duci. Cum Licentia.

The Imitation of Christ (Original Latin title: De Imitatione Christi) is a Catholic ascetic devotional book. It consists of a series of brief counsels. Its purpose, according to the text itself, is ‘to instruct the soul in Christian perfection with Christ as the Divine Model’, following the Devotio Moderna movement. It was first published anonymously, in 1418 according to some authors or 1427 according to others.

Throughout history its authorship has been disputed, being attributed to various spiritual writers: Innocent III, St Bonaventure, Henry of Kalkar, John à Kempis, Walter Hilton and Jean Gerson. Contemporary scholars mostly consider Thomas à Kempis, a member of the congregation of the Brethren of the Common Life, as the most likely author. It is considered one of the most influential and most widely read Christian books after the Bible. It’s a classic of mystic literature. ​ The book is also known simply as Kempis, Contemptus Mundi (‘contempt of the world’), from the title of the first chapter of the work or The Following of Christ.

The work is divided into four parts: ‘Useful admonitions for a spiritual life’, ‘Admonitions concerning spiritual things’, ‘Of interior consolation’ and ‘Of the Blessed Sacrament’. In every chapter there is an emphasis on the interior life and withdrawal from the world as well as the importance of the Eucharist and its devotion as key element of Christian life. This belief was contested by several Protestant movements that appeared in those days.

Saint John of Ávila, who translated into Spanish the Imitation of Christ in 1536, describes this work as: ‘(...) a faithful companion, solace in your difficulties, a master when you have doubts, art to pray to the Lord, a rule for living, confidence when you are facing death, someone saying about you what you can’t understand by yourself’.

Size: 14 x 8 cm
Pages: 6 sheets + 386 pp. + 5 sheets

Written in Latin. The work is profusely illustrated with 26 wood engravings from the 18th century.

In good condition, except for the last page of the index. That is a little damaged, as shown in the photograph.

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Thomas à Kempis
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Imitatione Christi, Libri Quartuor
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