12mo (167 x 95 mm). xxiv, 525, [3 blank] pp. Woodcut headpieces and initials. Contemporary French calf gilt, sides with triple gilt border and central gold-blocked arms of Alexandre Angélique de Talleyrand-Perigord (variant of Guigard I:368), cardinal and archbishop of Reims (1736-1821), smooth spine gold-tooled, olive morocco gilt lettering-piece, g.e., turn-ins gilt (slight scuffing to extremities).***
A fine copy of the first edition of this French translation of the most important of the minor works of Thomas a Kempis. The edition includes the Soliliquia, the Vallis lilior, and De tribus tabernaculis (on poverty, humility, and patience), with three shorter mystical tracts. Rather than the original Dutch, the translator, Father Jean-Baptiste-Sébastien Colomme (1712-1788), used the Latin translations of Jacobus Merlo Horstius.
Rare: OCLC lists copies at Lyon, the BnF, and the Free University of Amsterdam, but none in the US. Item #2491