THOMAS KEMPIS, Santo (1380-1471) - De Imitatione Christi. Paris: Typographia Regia, 1640. The first book to be printed by the Imprimerie Royale founded the same year by Cardinal Richelieu. Folio (363 x 246mm). Half-title, engraved allegorical frontispiece, engraved headpieces and initials (without final blank). Contemporary calf, gilt spine, red edges (some rubbing). Provenance: Oratori Trevonensi? (cropped inscription on title and on A1 - "Petit Seminaire de Tours" (book label). The lot is accompanied by an export license.