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The Cloud of Unknowing

£39.99

Product description

This anonymous work of Christian mysticism was written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century. The text is a spiritual guide to contemplative prayer in the late Middle Ages. The underlying message is that the way to know God is to abandon consideration of God's particular activities and attributes, and be courageous enough to surrender one's mind and ego to the realm of "unknowing", at which point one may begin to glimpse the nature of God. The book is still in print, and has been an invaluable guide for Christian believers ever since it first appeared.

The anonymous author's identity has never been established, but, curiously, it is known that he wrote another, shorter, book: "The Book of Privy Counselling", which amplifies further the teachings in "The Cloud of Unknowing".

Our copy is in very good condition, bound in sea-green cloth with a gilt motif and impressed band to the front cover, gilt titles etc on the spine, and an impressed band to the back cover. There are no signs of shelf wear. The book is protected by an intact unclipped dust jacket, rather grubby generally, but with almost no damage (minimal wear to the top edge & tiny loss at top of the back fold-in). Page tops are coloured sea-green/blue. Within, the binding is firm, all pages are lightly tanned with age, but the text is clean and bright throughout. The book has a slight lean. An excellent copy of a classic.

Item details

Author(s):
Abbot Justin McCann [ed.]
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
20.5 x 13 x 2 cm
Edition:
1960
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
220
Publisher:
Burns Oates
Title:
The Cloud of Unknowing

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This anonymous work of Christian mysticism was written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century. The text is a spiritual guide to contemplative prayer in the late Middle Ages. The underlying message is that the way to know God is to abandon consideration of God's particular activities and attributes, and be courageous enough to surrender one's mind and ego to the realm of "unknowing", at which point one may begin to glimpse the nature of God. The book is still in print, and has been an invaluable guide for Christian believers ever since it first appeared.

The anonymous author's identity has never been established, but, curiously, it is known that he wrote another, shorter, book: "The Book of Privy Counselling", which amplifies further the teachings in "The Cloud of Unknowing".

Our copy is in very good condition, bound in sea-green cloth with a gilt motif and impressed band to the front cover, gilt titles etc on the spine, and an impressed band to the back cover. There are no signs of shelf wear. The book is protected by an intact unclipped dust jacket, rather grubby generally, but with almost no damage (minimal wear to the top edge & tiny loss at top of the back fold-in). Page tops are coloured sea-green/blue. Within, the binding is firm, all pages are lightly tanned with age, but the text is clean and bright throughout. The book has a slight lean. An excellent copy of a classic.

Author(s):
Abbot Justin McCann [ed.]
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
20.5 x 13 x 2 cm
Edition:
1960
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
220
Publisher:
Burns Oates
Title:
The Cloud of Unknowing

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