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John Payne Thomas à Kempis
Of the Imitation of Christ: In Three Books. With the Book of the Sacrament Translated from the Latin of Thomas a Kempis by John Payne
London: No Publisher. London: no publisher, 1763 First Edition of the Payne Translation. Scarce. 8 ¼ inches tall full calf leather binding, five raised bands and gilt titles to red label to spine, marbled endpapers, xlii, [10], 382pp. Covers rubbed and edgeworn. Mild foxing to prelims, including the title page. Otherwise, a very good copy of this scarce edition. The British Library locates only fourteen copies worldwide. The Payne translation, which first appeared in 1763 (this edition), is a Protestant translation which omits the fourth book of the original, dealing with the (Catholic) Mass. The Imitation of Christ was written by Catholic monk Thomas Kempis (circa 1380-1471), as four separate books completed between 1420 and 1427, at Mount Saint Agnes monastery, in the town of Windesheim, located in what is now the Netherlands. He wrote these works for the instruction of novices of his Augustinian monastic order, followers of Geert Groote's Brethren of the Common Life. But the writings quickly became popular among all the literate faithful. There is probably no other book apart from the Bible which has been printed in so many editions and translations. 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 147 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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