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The Scale (or Ladder) of Perfection

The Scale (or Ladder) of Perfection

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  • ISBN-13: 9781494817947
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date: Dec 28, 2013
  • Pages: 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.74 x 9.0 x 6.0 inches


This is a photographic reprint of the original to insure accuracy. OF all the old English ascetical works which were extant before the Reformation none have maintained their reputation longer than Walter Hilton's "Scale of Perfection." Hilton was a canon of Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire, and died in 1395. His "Scale of Perfection" is found in no less than five MSS. in the British Museum alone. Wynkyn de Worde printed it at least three times-in the years 1494, 1519 and 1525. Many other editions were printed at the same period. After the Reformation it was a favourite book of Father Augustine Baker's, the well-known author of "Sancta Sophia," and his comments on it are among his manuscripts at Downside. In 1659 Father Baker's biographer and editor, Dom Serenus Cressy, O.S.B., published an edition of the "Scale," the title-page of which claims that "by the changing of some antiquated words [it is] rendered more intelligible." Another edition appeared in 1672, and yet another in 1679. Within our own times two editions have been published-one by the late Father Ephrem Guy, O.S.B., in 1869, the other, a reprint of Cressy's, in 1870.

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