On the English Translations of the Imitatio Christi

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF THE Umitatio tt (1) ATKINSON, 1502. The first printed English version is that of Dr. William Atkinson, made at the request of Princess Margaret, the mother of King Henry VII. and Countess of Richmond and Derby, being the edition printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1502, 4to, and a copy of which is in the University Library, Cambridge. ,The title is, "A full devoute and gostely Treatyse of ye Imytacio and Followynge ye blessyd Lyfe of our most mercifull £auiour Cryst: copyled I Latin by the right worshypfull Doctof Mayster Johann Gerson : and trasjate into Eng- lisshe in the yere of our Lorde" Mdii. by Mayster Wyllya "atKynson Doctor of Dyuynyte: at trie speciall request ' ' comaudement of the full excellent Pryn- cesse Margate Moder of our Soueraigne V " v s Lord Kynge Hery the VII. and C


omtesse of Rychemount and Derby." The translation of the fourth book was made by the Princess herself from the French. The work was again issued by the same printer in 1504. The previous year, however, namely in 1508, an edition was issued by Pynson, the Colophon being, "Emprynted at London by Rycharde Pynson . . . The yere of our lorde. M.d.iii. The xxvii. day of June.'' This edition of 1508 was but of the three books. Copies are in the British Museum and in the Bodleian. The fourth book was issued separately in 1504, and the whole four books were issued together with a new title page, 1504, and re-issued by the same printer in 1517 ; also without date, London, Robert Redman, 16mo ; Southwarke, by Johann Redman, 8vo, and London, by Robert Wyer, 24mo, and [1582] London, Thomas God- fray, 16mo. (2) WHITFORDE, 1556. The next translation was made by Richard Whytford, or Whitforde, Brigit- tine of Syon House in the time of Henry VIII., and was publish...

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