The Imitation of Christ

Fine vellum binding, with the bookplate of Gwendolen McBryde (nee Grotrian)


Thomas a Kempis


Lawrence & Bullen, London, 1898
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Printing Details

Full vellum binding with superb gilt-stamped decoration to upper board and spine, top edge gilt, fore-edge untrimmed. 15 × 9cm, xi + 280pp.

Not signed as such but this copy carries the bookplate of Gwendolen Grotrian. She married James McBryde, an artist and friend of M R James who illustrated MRJ's ghost stories in 1904. He died in 1905 and Gwendolen was widowed at aged 20 whilst four months pregnant. She successfully ran Dippersmoor Manor in Herefordshire, keeping a diary which she published in the Manchester Guardian. M R James became her guardian and friend, and she later edited his Letters to a Friend.

Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ is a Christian devotional book. It was first composed in Latin ca. 1418–1427. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the Devotio Moderna movement, of which Kempis was a member. Illustrated with paintings and engraved plates by Swan Electric Engraving Co, the frontispiece is The Last Supper.


This is a lovely copy. There is some minor tanning to the vellum and foxing to the endpapers and untrimmed edges, but the main body of text is in good clean condition, and the binding is secure.

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