Thomas A Kempis. Imitatio Christi. 1711.

Thomas (1379-1471) was a member of the religious order of Canons of St. Augustine. This book, perhaps the most widely read of all devotional books up to the present day, is divided into four smaller books, all of which open the way to an understanding of the spirit of late medieval piety. This particular edition was done at Cologne in 1711 by the printer Balthasar Egmond. It is an excellent example of the type of small devotional book which the reader could carry in a pocket. The cover is leather, with metal clasps to keep the book closed. The pages are stitched to the spine, and the print is a tight variant of Roman.[ME]

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