The Way to Christ Discovered. In these treatises. 1. Of true repentance. 2. Of true resignation. 3. Of regeneration. 4. Of the super-rationall life. Also the discourse of illumination. The compendium of repentance, And the mixt world &c BOUND WITH A consolatory treatise of the four complexions, that is, an instruction in the time of temptation for a sad and assaulted heart; shewing where-from sadness naturally ariseth, and how the assaulting happeneth; hereto are annexed some consolatory

By: Behmen, Jacob; Boehme; Bohme, Jakob

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Extremely Scarce Early English Edition of Jacob Boehme’s The Way to Christ Bound with a Very Scarce First Edition on the Four Complexions (published 1654). This book is a 12mo measuring 5” x 3”. [4],154;[4]87,[1];[2],60,[2]; [2]; 50; [4]; 47, [1] pp, and [96] pp. It is complete except that printed pages 59 and 60 in the 60 pp listed above have been supplied in very old (and readable) manuscript including catch phrases. Bound in what appears to be original leather boards with the remains of clasps, leather has crackling and wear but has been restored to a nice patina, spine rebacked with 3 raised bands and period-appropriate blind stamping. Binding is tight and strong. Title page has an old ink stain, there are some occasional marginal worm holes, pages trimmed close but no loss of text in the first section – there is some loss of letters at the fore-edge of the “Four Complextions” section. Intriguingly, there is quite a nice hand drawn saddled horse on the last blank which has been colored in with water colors. Last blank and end paper have some ghosting from the horse. Normal browning throughout, occasional old marginalia, but all in all a quite nice copy of this very scarce collection of theological and philosophical works from the great mystical theologian, Jacob Boehme. Both books are quite scarce. There are no auction records for the 1656 edition of The Way to Christ and no copies for sale. The ESTC lists only 5 copies extant, and those in places like the British Library and the Huntington. The same is true for the Four Complexions, which is in first and basically only edition except for modern digital reprints. Two very rare works from the renowned mystical theologian. The Way to Christ consists of a title page dated 1656, with individual title pages dated 1654 for all those different segments. The Way to Christ brings together several of his works, namely, Of True Repentance, Of Regeneration, Of True Resignation, A dialogue between the enlightened and the unenlightened soul; An appendix to a large treatise of election, A dialogue between a scholar and his master concerning The Super Sensual Life. “Although Boehme's prose is difficult, it is richly rewarding. Written in short sections, The Way to Christ can provide instructive direction for one's spirituality.” (Christian Classics) The “four complexions” are the old Galenic “humours” – phlegmatic, melancholic, choleric and sanguine. While it is historically interesting to see Boehme’s use of this ancient medical rubric to illuminate the human condition, what is more interesting it to see Boehme’s very keen observations of human vulnerability and weakness based on his own interior life as well as his keen eye on his fellow men (and women) over his life.Jacob Boehme, sometimes Jakob Bohme or Behmen, (1575-1624) was one of the most important mystical theologians of the West, with a large influence that has extended to modern mystics and mystical philosophy -- "his ideas of Ultimate Truth have comforted thousands and influenced uncounted millions.... Hegel acknowledges Boehme as an originator of the lineage of modern philosophy and holds him in high esteem. Jacob Boehme has to be indisputably acknowledged as the greatest Christian theosophist (employing this term not in the modern vulgar, but in its old noble sense) and the greatest mystic of the gnostic type." [Berdyaev 1926]; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall

Title: The Way to Christ Discovered. In these treatises. 1. Of true repentance. 2. Of true resignation. 3. Of regeneration. 4. Of the super-rationall life. Also the discourse of illumination. The compendium of repentance, And the mixt world &c BOUND WITH A consolatory treatise of the four complexions, that is, an instruction in the time of temptation for a sad and assaulted heart; shewing where-from sadness naturally ariseth, and how the assaulting happeneth; hereto are annexed some consolatory

Author Name: Behmen, Jacob; Boehme; Bohme, Jakob

Categories: Religion - Mysticism, Religion - Theology, Early Printed,

Edition: First Edition Thus

Publisher: London, H. Blunden: 1656

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 9151

Keywords: Boehme Mysticism,