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Pictures from Imitation de Jesus-Christ (The Imitation of Christ) translated by, and with additional reflections by, Mr. G. Darboy, Paris; I have the sixth edition, dated (at the end of the preface) 1855.

The book includes fine engravings by Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789 – 1869), engraved by Joseph Keller (1811 – 1873) in Dusseldorf, and ornate religious-themed borders around every page made by Adolphe Rouarge (1810 – 187?). There are eight different borders, repeated through the book.

The artists, author (!) and translator all died more than 70 years ago and the copyright has expired.

I bought this book at a thrift store in Port Colborne, Ontario, in September 2015.

Title: Imitation of Christ

Author: Kempis, Thomas á

Translated by: Darboy, G.

Published by: Moizot and also Plon.

City: Paris

Date: 1855

Total items: 10

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Decorative Initial Letter J]

Decorative Initial Letter J

This decorative initial was used as a drop-cap for “Jésus-Christ” and features a leafy vines and criblę treatment of the black parts of the letter. The J does not descend below the baseline. [more...] [$]

[picture: Full-page ornate decorative border with Christian figures]

Full-page ornate decorative border with Christian figures

In this ornamental full-page border of vine-leaves and stylized leaves we see Jesus healng the lame, the dove of peace, a praying angel, an angel presenting a scroll, an angel seated, and two unidentified saints, one male and one female, possibly Joseph and Mary. Actually [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: The seamless undergarment of Jesus]

The seamless undergarment of Jesus

This digital reproduction of an engraving after a painting or drawing by J. F. Overbeck shows Jesus wearing his crown of thorns and removing his robe; one of the Roman soldiers has a hand on Jesus’ “seamless undergarment” and Jesus is shown not resisting. At his feet the cross is ready, and, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Resurrected Jesus floating in the Clouds]

Resurrected Jesus floating in the Clouds

Jesus here, with holes in his hands and feet, floats among clouds. His arms are raised in in a benediction, his bearded face gazes upwards as if to the Father, and there are [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Decorative Border With Christian Saints]

Decorative Border With Christian Saints

I’m not able to identify the people depicted in this border; we have Jesus and a Queen, but we also have people spreading incense and we have the devil, horned, barefoot, and [...] [more...] [$]


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Pictures from Imitation de Jesus-Christ (The Imitation of Christ) translated by, and with additional reflections by, Mr. G. Darboy, Paris; I have the sixth edition, dated (at the end of the preface) 1855.

The book includes fine engravings by Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789 – 1869), engraved by Joseph Keller (1811 – 1873) in Dusseldorf, and ornate religious-themed borders around every page made by Adolphe Rouarge (1810 – 187?). There are eight different borders, repeated through the book.

The artists, author (!) and translator all died more than 70 years ago and the copyright has expired.

I bought this book at a thrift store in Port Colborne, Ontario, in September 2015.


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