The Lyf of the Mother Teresa of Iesus foundresse of the monasteries of the descalced or bare-footed Carmelite nunnes and fryers, of the first rule. Written by her self, at the commaundement of her ghostly father, and now translated into English, out of Spanish. By W.M. of the Society of Iesus

By: Teresa Of Avila, Saint (1515-1582) ; W. M. , translator (Michael Walpole)

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Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket


[24] 364 [4] pp (first leaf supplied in facsimile). A small 4to measuring 7" x 5." 1st English edition of the saint's own autobiography. Device on last leaf, old beautiful black calf with gilt panels, gilt ruling and blind stamped fleurons, spine rebacked with 5 raised bands, gilt in the compartments. Title in facsimile on old paper, first page (*2) bit grubby with old repairs in the margins, some foxing and age darkening throughout, some quires darker than others, last few leaves have old repairs to the corners affecting text slightly on 362, last 4 leaves have extensive repairs with loss of text in the right side including loss to the device on the last leaf, but otherwise clean and sturdy and attractive. End papers renewed. Scarce! : ESTC (S115914) finds only 15 copies in the world, 9 in the UK and 6 in North America, none in Europe or elsewhere. Only 1 copy auctioned in the last 85 years, that at Sotheby's in 1965. Saint Teresa of Avila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, author, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV, and in 1970, she was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI, the first woman to be elevated. Her books, which include this autobiography, are an integral part of Spanish Renaissance literature as well as Christian mysticism and Christian meditation practices. One Columbia University philosophy professor claims that Rene Descartes lifted some of his most influential ideas from Teresa who, 50 years before Descartes, wrote popular books about the role of philosophical reflection in intellectual growth. The most likely identification of the translator W. M. , is Michael Walpole (1570-1624? ) an English Jesuit and translator. Henry Jaye (d. 1643) was an English Catholic in the Netherlands where he was censured by the English ambassador for having spoken "certain very lewd and infamous words against his Majesty" King James I. This book was his first known publication, printed for him in Antwerp before he started printing in Mechelen; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 364 pages

Title: The Lyf of the Mother Teresa of Iesus foundresse of the monasteries of the descalced or bare-footed Carmelite nunnes and fryers, of the first rule. Written by her self, at the commaundement of her ghostly father, and now translated into English, out of Spanish. By W.M. of the Society of Iesus

Author Name: Teresa Of Avila, Saint (1515-1582) ; W. M. , translator (Michael Walpole)

Categories: Religion - Mysticism, Religion - Saints, Autobiography, Incunabula & Early Printed,

Edition: First English Edition

Publisher: Antwerp, Henry Jaye: 1611

Binding: Leather

Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 9488

Keywords: Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Saints Carmelite Nuns,