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[Thomas à Kempis].  Of the imitation of Christ; in three books. Tr. from the Latin ... by John Payne. Wilmington, [OH]: Pub. by Joseph Wright; Rice Gaddis, pr., 1815. 12mo (81 cm; 7.25"). 195, [1 (blank)] pp.
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The authorship of the Imitation of Christ was questioned for three centuries, but scholarly consensus now favors Thomas à Kempis — a Canon Regular of St. Augustine — leaving little or no room for such contenders as Jean Gerson. This translation from the original Latin is the work of an English Protestant who has sought to de-Catholicize the work as far as possible: Quotations from the Bible, which in the Latin are given from the Vulgate Bible (i.e., the Roman Catholic authorized text), in their English translations here are given from the King James and not the Douai–Rheims or Challoner versions.
        The first printing of the Imitation appeared in 1473 and there followed hundreds of European editions before the first American appeared 1749. It was as popular with the American audience as it had been in Europe, and it appeared here in English and German translation and even in an extracted form, almost always redone for Protestants.
        This is the first printing of the Imitation in Ohio and the first west of the Allegheny Mountains. Surprisingly, none had appeared before it from the Catholic presses in Detroit! It should also be noted that => this book was printed during the first year of printing in Wilmington.

Parsons 515; Shaw & Shoemaker 34993; Morgan, Ohio, 120. On the translator, see: The Dictionary of National Biography. Publisher's acid-stained sheep, round spine, gilt (but not raised) bands. The simple binding is very clean, with some abrasions; foxing to interior as expectable. => A satisfying little volume.  (37231)   Please RESHELVE This.


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