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Thomas, à Kempis. De imitatione Christi et contemptu mundi omniumque ejus vanitatum libri IV. Codex De-Advocatis saeculi XIII. Londini: Guil. Pickering (pr. by C. Whittingham at the Chiswick Press), 1851. 12mo (14.4 cm, 5.67"). xxii, 322,  pp. $275.00
Handsome Chiswick Press production of the enduring classic, here in an equally handsome signed binding. The Latin text opens with a prefatory "Life of Thomas of Kempis" (in English) by Charles Butler and is decorated with ornamental headpieces and capitals. While Pickering had previously published an Imitation of Christ in Latin in 1827, this is the => first Pickering edition printed by Whittingham at the Chiswick Press and "from the edition of Lambinet, with a strict adherence to the text " (p. xv).
Binding: Signed binding, stamped by Charles Capé at foot of front pastedown: Very simple black morocco, spine with raised bands and gilt-stamped title, place of publication, and date; board edges with gilt rules, pastedowns with gilt dentelle rolls. All edges gilt.
Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1851.9; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 75. Binding as above, original silk bookmark present. Pages gently and evenly age-toned, otherwise clean and fresh. => A desirable copy. (40820) Please RESHELVE This.
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