L'Imitation de Jesus-Christ.
Traduction nouvelle. Par le Sieur de Beuil, Prieur de Saint-Val. Nouvelle edition.Paris: chez Saillant, Despilly, Desaint, 1767 Stock Code: 150427
A very attractive French-language edition of the Imitation of Christ, the supreme Catholic popular devotional work, elegantly printed, attractively illustrated, and here handsomely bound in contemporary red morocco.
Mainly composed of aphorisms and maxims advocating humility, resignation and abnegation, the Imitation's enduring influence on centuries of Christian thought and figures cannot be overstated; "this little book never left me, in summer in my pocket, in winter in my sleeve. I knew almost all the chapters by heart" (Sainte-Thérèse).
Large duodecimo (165 x 95 mm). Contemporary French red morocco, spine lettered in gilt, gilt floral devices to compartments, gilt triple fillet border with floral cornerpieces to covers, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Engraved frontispiece and 4 other plates.
Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. Very minor wear at head of spine else binding firm and fresh, occasional light spotting and peripheral damping else contents clean, 4 leaves bound out of sequence. A lovely copy.
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