Title from incipit (leaf /1r): Incipit libellus consolatorius ad instruct[i]o[nem] devotor[um] Cuius primu[m] capitulu[m] est de imitac[i]o[n]e [christ]i [et] [con]temptu damni vanitatum mundi.
Colophon (leaf /6r): Viri egregii Thome montis sancte Agnetis in Traiecto regularis canonici libri de [christ]i imitatio[n]e numero quatuor finiunt felictier. per Gintheum zainer ex reutlingen p[ro]genitu[m] literis imp[re]ssi abenis.
Printed in Zainer's type 2:118G.
Collation: [1-7¹⁰ 8⁶]: 76 leaves, leaf /10 cancel.
Paper format: Chancery folio
Often found with Goff A1089, A1225, A1333 (incl. A1337), E106, G221, H179, H192 and P1001, in any combination. Some copies of the set (e.g. Windsor RL) have a separate small leaf with a collective title of the ten tracts (see BMC, reprint). The collection has H192 with rubricator's date of '72' in a private collection in USA (Roland Folter); previously dated before 5 June 1473 from the rubrication date ('1473 vigil pentec') of the Sammelband in Munich.
On the attribution to Thomas à Kempis see A. Ampe, L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ et son auteur (Roma, 1973) and R.R. Post, The Modern Devotion (Leiden, 1968) pp.520-536 (CIBN).
Leaf /10 is a cancel, with extra paper attached at fore edge to match dimensions of other leaves.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 30.9 x 21 cm.
PML copy listed under Division B in Checklist.
Hand decoration: Rubricated, red lombards, paragraph marks, and capital strokes (same in entire Sammelband). Annotations: Manicules (leaves /4v-5r. Pen and wash drawing of a coat-of-arms inhabited by 3 men: youth, knight, and old man with proverbs (see Walther, Carmina 7734, 15199, and 19509) regarding death (front fly leaf recto: wm bull's head/crown/flower--Piccard II, XV 234, 1471-1478). Contemporary inscriptions quoting Augustine, De civitate Dei, Bk. 13, ch. v and other authors on death (front fly leaf recto) and Bernard of Siena and Johannes Balbus, Catholicon (front fly leaf verso).