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Formes éditoriales et usages de l'Imitatio Christi (15e-19e siècles)

Abstract : From the begining of the 15th century to the 19th, the "Imitation of Christ" is the most widely circulated book in Europe. 800 manuscripts have been preserved ; we can estimate that at least 2300 printed editions have been made, almost in every language, from 1470 to 1800. That let us think that at least 2,5 millions copies circulated throughout Europe on the period. This massive corpus covers a certain diversity of editorial shapes. Different formats, layout, typographical materials, paratexts, translations, illustrations, have been used, revealing different publishing intentions : offering reading guidelines, or adapting the work to specific reading communities (calvinists, lutherians, College's pupils, British exiles during the Stuart period, Near East missions, scholars engaged in academic struggles for the attribution of the work, etc.). The paper is giving a typology for those various editorial shapes, and examines the way surviving copies have been used.
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Yann Sordet. Formes éditoriales et usages de l'Imitatio Christi (15e-19e siècles). Comptes-rendus des séances de l'Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, Paris : Durand : Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, 2013, 2012 (2), p. 869-895. ⟨hal-00932838⟩



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