• 1790 Foxe's Book of Martyrs (GREAT CONDITION!)


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    Title: The New and Complete Book of Martyrs, or, an Universal History of Martyrdom. Containing the whole of Fox's Book of Martyrs.

    Edited by: Paul Wright

    c.1790 - London - Hogg and Co.

    Re-backed in calf with the original boards preserved. Externally, smart, with just some wear and marks to the original leather. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright and clean for the age, with just a few patches of foxing and handling marks. Frontispiece and one other plate have been hand-colored by a previous owner. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.

    A smart late-eighteenth century edition of arguably the most famous work in the study of Martyrology, by John Foxe.

    Extra Illustrated

    Illustrated with fifty-eight plates (though only fifty are called for in the 'Directions to the Binder' at the rear of the book).

    Published early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and only five years after the death of the Roman Catholic Queen Mary I, Foxe's Book of Martyrs was an affirmation of the Protestant Reformation in England during a period of religious conflict between Catholics and Protestants. Foxe's account of church history asserted a historical justification intended to establish the Church of England as a continuation of the true Christian church rather than a modern innovation, and it contributed significantly to a nationalistic repudiation of the Roman Catholic Church. Foxe based his accounts of martyrs before the early modern period on previous writers, including Eusebius, Bede, Matthew Paris, and many others. He compiled an English martyrology from the period of the Lollards through the persecution of Mary I. Here Foxe had primary sources to draw on: episcopal registers, reports of trials, and the testimony of eyewitnesses. For the English Church, Foxe's book remains a fundamental witness to the sufferings of faithful Christians at the hands of the anti-Protestant Roman Catholic authorities and to the miracle of their endurance unto death, sustained and comforted by the faith to which they bore living witness as martyrs. Foxe emphasizes the right of English people to hear or read the Holy Scripture in their own language and receive its message directly rather than as mediated through a priesthood. The valour of the martyrs in the face of persecution became a component of English identity.

    Dated via Copac.

    With tipped-in copperplate ink inscription to the front endpaper.

    There is a pagination error on signature C2 (as often occurs with this work), which means that the recto has been labelled 11 and the verso labelled as 14 rather than twelve, though the text is continuous and there is no missing page.By John Foxe; Edited by Paul Wright

    c.1790 - London - Alex. Hogg

    16" by 9.5"; [2] (v) [2] 951pp. [5]