Thomas a Kempis Life of Christ 1488 Incunable Gold Illuminated Initials 1st Ed

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Seller: greekdrama (4.061) 100%, Location: Toronto, Ontario, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 292858923448 Breathtakingly Beautiful Illuminated Initials Thomas a Kempis’s Wonderful Life of Christ Very Scarce Incunable 1st Edition from 1488! DescriptionDe vita et beneficiis salvatoris Jesu christi de votissime meditationes cum gratiarum actione . Thomas a Kempis. Basel: Johann Amerbach and Johann Petri, [1488]. A beautiful copy of Thomas a Kempis’s wonderful Meditations on the Life of Christ, in the scarce first Basel Edition, dating to 1488. It has two magnificent illuminated initials in red, blue and gold with trailing penwork, as well as red and blue Lombard initials throughout with red, blue and yellow touches throughout. A wonderful incunable. S.l. No date but not after 1488 or 1489. 1st Basel edition of Thomas a Kempis's meditations on the life of Jesus Christ. With 2 beautiful illuminated initials. A small octavo 6" x 4". 64 (of 72, missing h quire), sign a-i8. 30 lines per page, Gothic type. Recto of a2 has two 5 line initials, an "S" and a "P" in red, blue and gold, with trailing penwork. Red and blue Lombard initials throughout, red and blue paragraph marks and letters touched with yellow throughout. Recently beautifully rebound by a master binder in brown calf with blind stamped ruling and decorations, 5 raised bands with blind stamped florals to the compartments, black and gilt spine label. End papers renewed. Title page has very old ink owner inscriptions which have been marked out, minor corner browning to some pages, and very occasional very old brown ink mark, top edges trimmed, the first few leaves were cut at a slight angle but not affecting text. Quite a scarce copy, ISTC 432000, HC10992* Only 2 copies have come up for auction in the last 70 years, none are available for sale. A lovely copy. Thomas à Kempis, (c. 1380 – 25 July 1471). canon regular of the late medieval period and the author of The Imitation of Christ, one of the most popular and best known Christian books on devotion, as well as books of Prayers and Meditations on the Life of Christ and Meditations on the Incarnation of Christ, Otherwise, Thomas spent his time between devotional exercises, composition, and copying. He copied the Bible no fewer than four times, This edition of his Meditations was printed just 17 years after Thomas’s death. Shipping & Payment Terms WE ARE LOCATED IN CANADA. International Customers -- we may be able to ship more cheaply than we show – please e-mail us to see what we can offer to your location. US Customers – We ship twice or more a week using the US Postal Service via our courier from Canada to the mailing address in New York and then on to US addresses. We are able to offer competitive rates with this service, but if you require quicker shipping, please inquire. For books over $799 we may ship via CanadaPost from Toronto. Canadian customers -- we may have to charge HST/GST for Canadian purchases (generally 5% for books). However, shipping is generally lower than on ebay’s shipping cost calculator. Email me with your province and I’ll be happy to calculate HST and shipping. We are happy to combine shipping! For our international customers, import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying.These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up -- do not confuse them with additional shipping charges. We really cannot show merchandise below value or mark items as "gifts" – it can get us into all kinds of trouble with customs. Thanks for bidding and thanks for being a fellow book lover. See our other listings for more unusual and rare books. Condition: Good antiquarian, see listing for complete details, Original/Facsimile: Original, Binding: Fine Binding, Subject: Religion, Bibles, Special Attributes: First Edition, Date of Publication: 1488, Place of Publication: Basel, Publisher: Johann Amerbach and Johann Petri, Language: Latin, Author: Thomas a Kempis

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