SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall.
Of the imitation of Christ, translated from the Latin original ascribed to Thomas

London: William Pickering & John Major, 1828.
Jackson 70; Windle; Pippin A53a.
London: William Pickering & John Major, 1828.

First Dibdin edition limited to 750 copies, this one of 50 on large paper; large 8vo pp. [2] xxii [4] xxv-clvii 389 [1]; engraved frontispiece and 5 engravings on India paper in the text; bound without the half-title in full brown morocco by Matthews; gilt-decorated spine in 6 compartments; lettered in gilt; 2 triple gilt border on boards with corner ornaments; top edge gilt; gilt inner dentelles; marbled endpapers; joints a little rubbed; the front free flyleaf loosening but generally very good. This copy extra-illustrated with 20 inserted illustrations a number being hand-coloured albumen photographs of art-work and engravings together with 1 other folding plate. Coloured plates in order: 1. Head of Christ. 2. Mother of pain. 3. Bust of the Madonna Sixtina. 4. Madonna in the Chair. 5. Christ. 6. A reading hermit. 7. The penitent Magdalen. 8. The holy night. 9. Saint Cecily. 10. Christ bearing the cross. 11. The penitent Magdalen. 12. Ecce homo. 13. The hermit. 14. Madonna. 15. The angels. 16. Bust of the Madonna.