Paris:: Edwin Tross,, 1858. First Edition, thus. Hardcover. Like New. Miniature Book. 3 x 2 inches. [ii], (1)-155, [1 blank] pp. Wood engraved frontispiece "Salvator Mundi" portrait of Christ, text in Latin; text with occasional foxing, including in the front and rear fly leaves. Full brown morocco, raised bands, spine titled in gilt, gilt rules on the edges the boards, all edges gilt, marbled end-papers, gilt dentelles in the turn-ins; binding square and tight, some light rubbing. SCARCE. Fine. Thomas a Kempis's The Imitation of Christ is one of the most popular and best-known works of Christian devotion. This edition is special not only because of the fine morocco binding, but also because the Latin text is set in 2 1/2 point type cast by Guiraudet et Jouaust (Brunet, Manuel du Libraire, III, 416, attributed this type to Henri Didot). REFERENCES: Bondy, Miniature Books, p. 93; Welsh, A Bibliography of Miniature Books, No. 3702. (Inventory #: CGSZ816-005)
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