The Works of Thomas Traherne V

The Works of Thomas Traherne V

Centuries of Meditations and Select Meditations

Edited by Jan Ross





This volume in the definitive edition of Thomas Traherne contains his best-known works, Centuries of Meditations and Select Meditations.
Thomas Traherne (1637?-1674), a clergyman of the Church of England during the Restoration, was little known until the early twentieth century, when his poetry and Centuries of Meditations were first printed. There have been since only miscellaneous publications of his poetry and devotional writings.
The Works of Thomas Traherne brings together for the first time all Traherne's extant works, including his notebooks, in a definitive, printed edition. The six works in this volume are taken from two manuscripts. The first, held at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (MS Eng. th. e. 50), contains Centuries of Meditations; the other, held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University (Osborn MS b. 308), is comprised of three works by Traherne, Select Meditations and two brief untitled treatises, "Being a Lover of the world" and "The best principle whereby a man can Steer his course". It also includes two works by an unidentified writer, A Prayer for Ash Wednesday and A Meditation; neither work is of Traherne's making.


January 2013
6 black and white illustrations
528 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Works of Thomas Traherne
ISBN: 9781843843276
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
BISAC POE005030, LCO009000
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Centuries of Meditations
Select Meditations
Four Miscellaneous works from Osborn MS b. 308


An extremely important project for raising the profile of this foundational Anglican figure. ... For the serious student or devotee of Traherne, this edition makes essential reading. ANGLICAN THEOLOGICAL REVIEW

This series is of very great value to anyone who loves Traherne's work and wants to understand how he thought. TRAHERNE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER

Hereford Cathedral is proud of its four stained-glass windows commemorating Traherne, but these volumes are as glorious a memorial. Christopher Howse, DAILY TELEGRAPH

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