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Author

Wheatley, Leonard A.

Title

The Story of the "Imitatio Christi"

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

Elliot Stock

Year

1891

City

London

Edition

Scanned

Searchable

Cleaned

Deluxe

 

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50.0000

100.0000

200.0000

Description

This work is part of the "Book-Lovers Library" series which was edited by Henry B. Wheatley (1838 - 1917). Wheatley was a historian, librarian and scholar of repute and editor of the Book-Lovers Library series. Quoted from the author's "Preface."

"In the original scheme of the Book-Lover's Library it was proposed to devote certain volumes
to the history of books of world-wide fame. After the Bible no book has been so much read or enjoyed so extended a fame, as "The Imitation of Christ" of Thomas a Kempis, and it therefore seems specially appropriate to commence this branch of the series with an account of this famous work."

"The late Mr. Edward Waterton, who from his great knowledge of the subject was eminently fitted for the task, undertook to write "The Story of the Imitation." He had collected some MSS. and numerous editions of the work, and had already written a Life of Thomas a Kempis, as well as several letters in defence of this author. He, however, died before he
was able to accomplish the task. I was then asked to take up the subject, and as I had already devoted some attention to it, I gladly agreed to the suggestion. I have endeavoured to write in the same spirit as Mr. Waterton had done, and to aid in the cause he had so much at heart; to show as plainly as I can how the four treatises now known under the
name of "The Imitation of Christ" had their origin in the " Rapiaria," or books of extracts recommended by Gerard Groot to his followers the Brethren of Common Life, and how the forms of expression in this work betray its origin in this community, and also the land of its birth; and how the majority of the MSS. of the editions and translations confirm this opinion."

"I have also tried to trace the mysticism to be found in "The Imitation" from that in the German mystics who preceded Thomas a Kempis, as also the more practical ideas from the works of his friends and contemporaries."

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