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Thomas a Kempis; Pierre Corneille; François Chauveau - Les Quatre Livres de l'Imitation de Jésus-Christ. - 1658

Thomas a Kempis; Pierre Corneille; François Chauveau - Les Quatre Livres de l'Imitation de Jésus-Christ. - 1658

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Thomas a Kempis; Pierre Corneille; François Chauveau - Les Quatre Livres de l'Imitation de Jésus-Christ. - 1658
Bibles, Fine Bindings, History, Illustrated, Literature, Religion - Quantity: 1 - Book

Rare sought after reprint, follows the complete original of the 4 books, published in 1656 at the same address, in the same in-4 format and adorned with the same plates out of text engraved in intaglio by François Chauveau, but with a different pagination.

The illustration includes a title-frontispiece inset which bears "The Four Books of the Imitation of Jesus Christ Translated and Paraphrased in French verse by P. Corneille" with the arms of Alexander VII and 4 inset boards signed Chauveau placed next to each book. Text embellished with bands, ornate letters, cul-de-lamps gr. on wood.

Rear binding (early 19th century) in half-morocco long-grain wheel, smooth mute spine, covers covered with red paper imitating morocco.
Solid volume, leather rubbed on the caps and bits, two micro epidermis on the first bit. The paper of the dishes is pierced at the level of the cuts.
Interior in fairly good general condition: the paper of the first 4 notebooks faded with traces of handling, small wettings, folds, micro tears, the first notebook out of order, loose threads. Significant wetness on the 2nd half, more pronounced on about 200 pages. Small punctures on pp 361-381

Contents: dedication to Pope Alexander VII; the opinion "To the reader. I do not invite ..." ending with "this new variety will not displease"
Book I: the Sermon on the Mount (Jesus teaching the multitude); book II: the Annunciation; book III: the vocation of the apostles; book IV: the Last Supper.


AUTHOR: Thomas a Kempis; Pierre Corneille; François Chauveau; Laurent Maurry; Robert ballard
TITLE: The Imitation of Jesus Christ. Translated & paraphrased in French verse: By P. Corneille.
PUBLISHER: Printed in Rouen by L. Maurry: for Robert Ballard, Roy's only printer for music, bookseller, in Paris, ruë S. Jean de Beauvais, at Mont Parnasse. Mr. DC. LVIII (1658)
Approval (Rouen, February 25, 1656). Privilege of December 30, 1653, granted to Pierre Corneille, ceded to R. Ballard, who shares it with Pierre Rocolet, Antoine II de Sommaville, André Soubron.
Completed "first time" printing on March 31, 1656.

in-4 of 23x17.5cm .; [20] -531- [1] p


Traditionally attributed to the Augustinian monk Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471), the Imitation of Jesus Christ began to circulate in manuscript form at the end of the first quarter of the 15th century. Emphasizing the personal prayer and humanity of Christ, this work of piety resulting from the spiritual stream of devotio moderna is, after the Bible, the most translated and most printed text. There are 4,000 editions in 90 languages, including nearly a thousand in French. At the turn of the 17th century, after his election to the French Academy, Pierre Corneille, encouraged by the Jesuits of whom he was a student, undertook to translate the Imitation of Jesus Christ into verse. This poetic adaptation was published from 1651 to 1656 as it progressed, in the form of successive issues.

It is a book of wisdom and consolation, helping to endure the vicissitudes of
existence.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Bibles, Fine Bindings, History, Illustrated, Literature, Religion
Author/ Illustrator
Thomas a Kempis; Pierre Corneille; François Chauveau
Book Title
Les Quatre Livres de l'Imitation de Jésus-Christ.
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1658
Edition
Illustrated Edition
Language
English
Original language
Yes
Binding/ Material
Half leather
Number of pages
531
Dimensions
23×17.5 cm
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