'Of The Imitation of Christ' remains an enduringly popular Christian devotional book, in print since it was first published in the early 15th century, and is widely regarded as a classic. Often given to Confirmation candidates, it is perhaps the most widely read devotional work apart from the Bible. Having appeared in c.1421, it was printed 745 times before 1650. Apart from the Bible, no book has been translated into more languages than the 'Imitation of Christ.'
Thomas à Kempis, C.R.S.A. (Thomas van Kempen or Thomas Hemerken/Haemerken, litt. "Hammerkin" (small hammer); c. 1380–1471) was a Dutch Canon Regular of the late medieval period, known principally as the author of the 'Imitation'.
Our book is one of a series published by Arthur L Humphreys at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th centuries (other titles with matching binding include 'Buddha', 'Cicero', etc.) It is handsomely bound in full brown morocco with elaborate Art Deco-style gilt tooled ruling, stipple pattern and floral motifs repeated on both covers, and in the six compartments of the spine. Thick inner dentelles with gilt ruling. Previous owner's bookplate is pasted inside the front cover. All page edges gilt. Minimal signs of wear - slight damage to top R/H front corner. Some brown stains on pp.30-37 (worst on pp.33/4). Otherwise all pages clean and bright, printed in a classic large, clear font; the binding is tight.