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ACTS AND MONUMENTS
- of matters most speciall and memorable, happening in the Church, with an universall Historie of the same . [Two volumes in one]. Pp. 1934 (see footnote), printed mainly in black letter, double column, with pp. 1042-4 in greek, 1 folding woodcut insert (of Windsor Castle), pictorial title page to Volume II, and approximately 140 text illustrations, plus decorative head & tailpieces and initials, cr. folio; early vellum boards, slightly soiled and worn, rebacked by Harry Green of Melbourne in twentienth century maroon morocco, the spine with six raised bands and gilt lettered black leather title label, the boards with matching maroon leather corners; later endpapers and binder's blank, with newscutting (reproducing the title page of John Bunyan's 1662 copy of Foxe's book) and photograph (of same) taped to the upper pastedown, bookplate on upper free endpaper, a few paper repairs (notably reinforcing fore-edges of first few leaves, and occasionally elsewhere), 32 lines of the text on p. 1854 replaced with a handwritten version laid on, in a very neat early hand, with a few light water stains, a couple of small ink stains and early marginalia, a few edge chips or small tears, very occasional minor loss of text from creasing (p. 267), small hole (pp. 397/8), or slight surface grazes (p. 597), scattered light foxing, browning and soiling; printed by Peter Short, by the assigne of R. Day, London, [1596]. Fifth edition. STC 11226. *The first edition of this famous book printed after the death of the author. Originally published in latin in 1559, the Book of Martyrs was an immediate best seller, and its influence was profound. In 1571 Convocation decreed that copies were to be placed in all cathedral churches and that the houses of archbishops, bishops, archdeacons and canons should all have copies. 'The lively style of the book, not to mention the gruesome illustrations, which first appeared in the English edition of 1563, was thus given an opportunity to influence - and prejudice -the minds of people of all classes of society, including those who could not otherwise have afforded it.' [Printing and the Mind of Man, 86]. This copy lacks all the preliminary leaves (the main title page, dedicatory epistles, etc.), the last few pages of text (1935-1949), the index, and two of the three woodcut inserts. Complete copies of early editions are rare, and even with the defects described above, this is a relatively complete and generally clean copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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