Pierre Corneille (Thomas à Kempis) - L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ - 1656

Pierre Corneille (Thomas à Kempis) - L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ - 1656
Religion - Quantity: 1 - other extra - see description, 115 Engravings - Book

Pierre Corneille (Thomas à Kempis)
L'Imitation de Jesus-Christ. Mise en vers françois par Pierre Corneille
Imprimée à Rouen par L. Maurry Pour Robert Ballard, seul imprimeur du Roy pour la Musique, Marchand Libraire,à Paris, rue S.Jean de Beauvais, au Mont Parnasse 1656.

Superb morocco binding, elaborately adorned with small embossings, adorned spine, gilded edges, see photos.
This book is in very lovely condition and very nicely bound (see photos), it is only affected by some small spots of worm holes in the margins on the first pages.
It should also be noted that the title page and the first page are bound in facsimile.

A lovely and complete copy, duodecimo.

This small edition contains the 4 books, after the quarto edition of 1656, which, for the first time, had the complete and finalised text. It is adorned with 115 lovely copper engravings created by H.David based on the drawings by F.Campion and F.Chaveau.

Cornelius had undertaken this work at the request of his confessor and Queen Anne of Austria. The first edition, in 1651, contained only the first twenty chapters. The complete book was published in 1656. The church praised this work, where "poetry speaks the language of the saints so purely".

These small pocket-sized volumes were condemned to a rapid destruction and copies are very rare, says Picot in the Bibliographie Cornélienne. It is perfectly identical to the copy sold (except for the first 2 pages bound in facsimile) under number 129.

Very rare.

Lot details
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Pierre Corneille (Thomas à Kempis)
Book Title
L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition Thus
Original language
Imprimée à Rouen par L. Maurry Pour Robert Ballard Paris
Binding/ Material
115 Engravings, other extra - see description
Number of pages
11×6 cm
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