The Imitation of Christ (Signed copy)
Signed and dedicated by Maria Montessori
Pocket edition, bound in full tan leather with gilt titling to spine and gilt cross to upper board. Rounded corners, all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. 10.5 × 6.5cm, 525pp
This copy has been signed by Maria Montessori and dedicated by her to the ffep, "Francesca Claremont from Dr Maria Montessori, Posillipo, 1923". Maria Montessori (1870–1952) was an Italian physicist and educationist, she founded a school for feeble-minded children (1899–1901) and developed a system of education for children of three to six based on spontaneity of expression and freedom from restraint. The system was later expanded to older children and employed in Montessori schools throughout the world (the first opened in Rome in 1907).
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. This revised translation is based upon Bishop Challoner's text of 1737 and is illustrated with line drawings by Gabriel Pippet.
A very good copy, with light creasing to the spine and a few areas of surface scuffing to the leather. The inner binding is secure, the pages clean. Maria Montessori's signature is in ink and remains clear.