The Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius, of Loyola, S.J., Saint (1491-1556)

Exercitia spiritvalia S.P. Ignatii Loyolæ, fundatoris ordinis Societatis Iesv : cum bullis pontificum, tum approbationis Exercitiorum; tum indulgentiæ plenariæ, pro omnibus, qui octiduò illis vacant in domibus ejusdem Societatis. Brevi insuper instructione meditandi quæ omnia & dilucidantur & illustrantur pluribus ex ære impressis imaginibus.

Antwerp: Apud Michaelem Knobbaert, sub signo S. Petri, 1676


Octavo: 19 x 11.8 cm. 279, [9] p. Collation: A-S8

A very good copy bound in contemporary mottled calf, wear at the corners, slight loss to foot of spine. Gilt spine. The text and engravings are in fine condition with a little light toning and occasional light staining in the lower margin. Illustrated with a full-page engraved portrait of Ignatius, and numerous engravings throughout.

"The 'Spiritual Exercises' encapsulated the essence of Ignatius' own spiritual turn-around and presented it in a form meant to guide others to analogous changes of vision and motivation. Ignatius used the 'Exercises' as the primary means of motivating his first disciples and prescribed it as an experience for all who later entered the Society of Jesus. Although at no point intended exclusively for Jesuits, the 'Exercises' remain the document that told Jesuits on the most profound level what they were and what they were supposed to be. Furthermore, the 'Exercises' set the pattern and goals of all the ministries in which the Society engaged, even though it was not always explicitly recognized as doing so. There is no understanding the Jesuits without reference to that book." (John W. O'Malley, "The First Jesuits", p. 4)

Backer-Sommervogel, Vol. 5, col. 64, no. 1