Antiquarian theology #7: John Foxe, Actes and Monuments, early printed and complete editions, most as printed in his lifetime and successively revised by him.   ***It should be understood that the observation made in the Short Title Catalogue, that "Most copies listed of this and the following editions are imperfect," is, if anything, an understatement. The 1563 first edition is rare and most copies which appear for sale are not just ‘imperfect’, but are fragments, large and small. The 1570 second edition is at least as difficult to find as is the first; the other two editions which appeared in Foxe’s lifetime (the 1576 third and 1583 fourth editions which, with the second, were successively revised and expanded) are easier to find as ‘imperfect’, as opposed to fragments.

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1563: the FIRST EDITION

1.  Foxe, John.  Actes and Monuments of these latter and perillous dayes, touching matters of the Church, wherein ar comprehended and described the great persecutions & horrible troubles, that have bene wrought and practiced by the Romishe Prelates, speciallye in this Realme of England and Scotlande, from the yeare of our Lorde a thousande, unto the tyme nowe present.  London: Iohn Day, 1563. Thick folio [the text is 12¼” tall], essentially disbound (though still stitched, only the rear pasteboard remains of the original binding and it is in poor condition); the text generally is clean and fairly crisp, though the outer corners are somewhat dog-eared front & rear and there is some staining to the outer margin toward the rear; there is minor worming to the inner edge of the inner margin at the front; the general title, all the preliminary leaves and the text to H6 are missing and the text in this copy begins with Ii (p. 62); the following leaves are also missing from the text: Rii & iii (pp. 171-4),  HHHh iiii (pp. 1387/8); VVVv iiii (pp. 1543/4); There are closed tears to Nii (pp. 123/4), PP5 (pp. 681/2), UUi (pp. 733/4); KKk iii (pp. 881/2); MMm iiii (pp. 907/8); BBB ii (pp. 1047/8); HHHi (pp. 1117/8); LLL i (pp. 1153/4); RRRi (pp. 1225/6); UUU ii (pp. 1263/4); YYY6 (pp. 1295/6); BBBb iii (pp. 1313/4); LLLl i (pp. 1417/8); NNNn i (pp. 1441/2, horizontal through the page); DDDD iiii (pp. 1603/4). The top outer corner of HH6 (pp. 599/600) is torn away, removing a bit of text recto & verso, and the are two crudely repaired closed tears; the bottom ¾ of the outer blank margin is torn from KK6 (pp. 623/4); a piece is torn from the outer column of LL ii (pp. 627/8) removing some words from 6 lines of text and half of the headline; a large bottom outer corner is torn from OO6 (pp. 671/2), removing about 2/3 of the outer column entirely and some words from half of the inner column; the bottom outer corner is torn from QQ1 (pp. 685/6), removing some words from 3 lines recto & 5 verso; NNn ii, iii & iiii (pp. 815-29): the bottom outer corner is torn from ii, removing some words from 9 lines recto & verso, large pieces are torn from iii and iiii, with about 15 lines of text removed from the outer column and some words from about 8 lines of the inner column on all but p. 919, which only has a couple words removed from 2 lines of the inner column, BUT very crude repairs make the matter worse by covering nearly as much as is removed;  there are two small paper flaw holes to AAA6 (pp. 1041/2), removing several letters of text each; a piece is torn from the top of BBB iii (pp. 1049/50) removing the headline & some words from the top line of text; a piece is torn from the bottom outer corner of CCC iii & iiii (pp. 1061/4), removing virtually all of 16 lines to under 2 letters of the outer column on iii and on iiii removing all of 16 lines of the outer column and just touching the inner column recto and verso removing half of c. 8 lines of a single column of Latin poetry; a piece is torn from the top outer margin of MMMm6 (pp. 1939/40), removing some letters to a word from  ten lines toward the top of the outer column recto & verso;  the bottom outer corner is torn from VVVv iii (p. 1542), removing a letter of text verso; there is a small paper flaw to YYYy i (pp. 1549/50), removing a few letters recto & verso;  there is a tear to the inner margin of KKKK i (p. 1511/2) affecting a sidenote recto & verso; PPPP i has a closed tear, defective edges and is loose, though not affecting the text; the Index ends on RRRR iii at ‘Germany’; a piece is torn from the bottom of the next last leaf, removing part of 4 entries recto & verso; the margins of the leaves (& especially the corners) recto & verso are  somewhat wrinkled & dog-eared toward the end of the volume. On the recto of the original pasteboard cover which remains there are 9 lines of faint, difficult to read handwriting, concluding with two Bible verses: Matthew 23: 35 and Luke 11: 50, 51.

   62- 1741 (1) (14)pp, lacking all the preliminaries, the final 26pp of the index and the folding plates (which rarely have survived).

  There are scattered, brief ownership inscriptions & jottings in a contemporary hand, as follows: the name (3 times) Crokas Kember (sp?) on the verso of L iii (p. 102), a note on the recto of FF iii (p. 569) & on the recto of LL i (p. 625), a name at the top of SSS6 (p. 1247): John Gentry (sp?), notes on TTTt i, recto (p. 1513), two lines in the outer column of AAAA i verso (p. 1562): “say to a righteous it sall go well with him  but say to a wicked it shall go ill with him”,  and on HHHH i (p. 1645), and at the top of KKKK ii (p. 1671): “David’s wife”.

   ***STC 11222, which observes that "Most copies listed of this and the following editions are imperfect." This is the FIRST EDITION and is at this point very rarely to be found for sale in any condition whatever; the above mentioned defects notwithstanding, still largely a crisp & clean copy with very good margins [few of the editions printed in Foxe's lifetime have survived complete; by contrast, the 3 volume folio editions of the 17th century are often found complete and in fine condition].  Apart from the Bible, perhaps the single most influential English book of the 16th century.   $28,000.

 

 

 

 

 

2SOLD Foxe, John.  Actes and Monuments of these latter and perillous dayes, touching matters of the Church, wherein ar comprehended and described the great persecutions & horrible troubles, that have bene wrought and practiced by the Romishe Prelates, speciallye in this Realme of England and Scotlande, from the yeare of our Lorde a thousande, unto the tyme nowe present.  London: Iohn Day, 1563. Folio [the binding is 12¼” tall & the text is 12 1/8” tall], modern calf with double sided clasps; there are three preliminary leaves present, beginning with B iii [Ad Lectorum], which has repairs recto to its margins and a small hole, perhaps a paper flaw, removing a few letters of text recto & verso; the following leaf has repairs to the top & outer margins.  The text proper begins on page 3 (c ii), with c i missing; F iii recto (p. 41) has a blank rectangle in place of a woodcut (which may not have been ready yet); there is a stain to K6 verso & Li recto (pp. 96/7); woodcut capital letters have been cut out of the verso of Oii (pp. 135/6), removing several words of 4 lines recto; capital letters have also been cut out of the recto of D3 (p. 137: 2, less neatly than the previous one, with similar results verso, but on 6 lines), the recto of O6 (p. 143), the verso of Ri (p. 170), removing text from 5½ lines recto; the outer edge of the outer margin of Q i-6 (pp. 157-170) is a bit frayed, not touching text; there are closed tears to Oo ii & iii (pp. 399-402), Uu iiii (pp.475/6), Yy iiii (pp. 499/500) & CC iii-6 (pp. 533-540); there are 3 single wormholes in the bottom of the inner column of Xx i (pp. 481-2), but in none of the pages preceding or following; the outer margins of AA iii & iiii (pp. 509-12) are slightly frayed; there is soiling to the verso of PP iii and the recto of PPP iiii [pp. 666/7: the pagination of and text in the leaves of this gathering and some pages following is erratic, apparently due to printing errors, as another copy is identical in all respects]; most of UU5 (pp. 741/2) has been torn away, with only an inner strip remaining; there is marginal worming just above the top of the outer column of text, mostly a small single hole: Ni –Y6 (pp. 121-240) and, also, to the top outer corner from Tti--CC iii (pp. 457-534), entirely marginal. The text generally, throughout the volume, is in good condition

  (6) 3- (888) [*KKk6]: this is a second KKk gathering and a second pagination of 877-888; the next gathering (which is not present in this volume) is LLl, page 889, which begins the Fifth section of the work.

  There is a 1620 ownership inscription at the bottom of the verso of Biii.

   ***STC 11222, which observes that "Most copies listed of this and the following editions are imperfect." This is the FIRST EDITION and is at this point very rarely to be found for sale in any condition whatever; the above mentioned defects notwithstanding, still a good copy of the first part of the work, with good margins [few of the editions printed in Foxe's lifetime have survived complete; by contrast, the 3 volume folio editions of the 17th century are often found complete and in fine condition].  Apart from the Bible, perhaps the single most influential English book of the 16th century.   $8500.

 

3. SOLD Foxe, John.  Actes and Monuments of these latter and perillous dayes, touching matters of the Church, wherein ar comprehended and described the great persecutions & horrible troubles, that have bene wrought and practiced by the Romishe Prelates, speciallye in this Realme of England and Scotlande, from the yeare of our Lorde a thousande, unto the tyme nowe present.  London: Iohn Day, 1563. Folio [the text is 12 1/8” tall], worn 19th century half calf/ marbled boards, sometime crudely rebacked, now lacking the front cover, but retaining an older label; lacks the title, preliminary leaves and text through page 192; the text present begins with Ti (p. 193); there is a closed tear to X6 –Y iiii (pp. 227-236): there are also closed tears to Ii iii (p. 341/2), PPp i (pp. 1021/2), CCC ii (pp. 1059/60) & PPP iiii (pp. 1207/8)]; LACKS OOO6 (pp. 1199/1200); a piece is torn from the bottom outer margin of PPP iii (pp. 1205/6) removing a couple words from 10 lines recto & 13 lines verso; a piece is torn from the bottom outer corner of UUU5 (pp. 1269/70) removing a couple words  and letters recto and parts of 3 words verso; the bottom outer corner is torn from GGGg 6 (pp. 1379/80), affecting a couple words from 2 lines recto and 3 words and 2 letter from 3 lines verso;  a piece is torn from XXXx 6 (pp. 1547/8) removing a couple letters through some words of 23 lines of the outer column recto and 20 lines verso; the inserted folding plate describing the burning of Bucer’s bones is present between XXXx 6 and YYYy i, but lacks the portion beyond the fold; the bottom outer corner of YYYy i (pp. 1549/50) lacks much of 11 lines, recto & verso; there is a paper flaw (?) hole in LLLL 5 (pp. 1689-90), removing Boner’s face from the woodcut recto and some letters of text verso; a piece is torn from the bottom margin of PPPP i (pp. 1729/30), removing a sidenote both recto & verso.  The text generally is in good condition, but the bottom margin is slightly decayed throughout, not affecting the text (though in a few places the discoloration extends to the bottom line of the text); there is slight decay to the bottom few inches of the outer edge of the outer margin through much of the volume; there is also some light dampstaining to the upper outer margin;  the outer margin of the first few leaves is a bit frayed.

  193-528, 903-1068, 1191-1741 (1)pp, with part of the folding woodcut of the burning of Bucer’s bones. An additional bottom line is pasted to the inner column of Gg i verso (p. 314); there is a printed sidenote in the middle of the outer margin of page 1198 (“Bradford teacheth Winchester his grammer”) which is not present in the first copy above: probably it was inserted after the printing was underway.

  There are various marginal comments, underlining and pointing hands in regard to material pertaining to the Lord’s Supper: MMMm iiii recto (p. 907), NNNn iii verso (p. 920), QQq ii (p. 952), RRr 5 recto &  6 verso (pp. 970/971), SSs i verso and iii recto (pp. 974 & 977). There are also occasional  marginal notes elsewhere, e.g. QQQ i recto (p. 1213) & KKKk iiii recto (p. 1411).

    ***STC 11222, which observes that "Most copies listed of this and the following editions are imperfect." This is the FIRST EDITION and is at this point very rarely to be found for sale in any condition whatever; the above mentioned defects notwithstanding, still a a good example of a substantial part of this great work: [few of the editions printed in Foxe's lifetime have survived complete; by contrast, the 3 volume folio editions of the 17th century are often found complete and in fine condition].  Apart from the Bible, perhaps the single most influential English book of the 16th century.       $6500.

 

1570: the second edition revised and greatly expanded by Foxe

4. Foxe, John. The First Volume of the Ecclesiastical history contaynyng the Actes and Monuments of thynges passed in every Kynges tyme in this Realme, especially in the Church of England principally to be noted, with a full discourse of such persecutions, horrible troubles, the sufferyng of Martyrs, ...till the reigne of K. Henry viii.  Newly recognized and inlarged...  London: Iohn Daye, 1570.  Large folio [the binding is 14 1/8” tall and the text 14”], contemporary, probably original calf, with a label and gilt devices to the spine, blindstamped lines on covers; minor wear, spine slightly defective to front hinge at the bottom panel; a large piece is torn from the top outer corner of the front free endpapers; the volume is quite tightly bound and apparently never read. There is some light dampstaining at the front, into the outer column and then to the top outer corner, disappearing by page 150; the text otherwise is crisp and clean throughout.  (25) 912 (18)pp, with a folding woodcut, “The description of the poysoning of King Iohn by a Monke of Swinestead Abbeye in Lincolnshire,” inserted between Fi and Fii (pp. 316 & 317). The pagination is occasionally erratic.

  A bit more than a line of text is crossed out in ink in the outer column of Ui (p. 493), something which apparently done before the book was put up for sale, as this has been done in all three copies I currently have.  The numbered text of this volume ends on page 912, but there follow 18 further pages, 12 of which have large woodcuts on the top portion of the page (NNi-4, OOi & ii), with an undated colophon on the verso of OOiiii. 

  ***Volume I ONLY of STC 11223; the second edition of this great work; though this is only the first volume, it’s about as nice a copy as one could hope to find: large, crisp and clean and in a contemporary binding. As the note in the Short Title Catalogue observes: "Most copies listed of this [the first] and the following eds. are imperfect."

  ***Apart from the Bible itself, perhaps the most important and influential 16th century work in the English language.      $15,000.

 

 

 

 

5. SOLD Foxe, John. The First [Second] Volume of the Ecclesiastical history contaynyng the Actes and Monuments of thynges passed in every Kynges tyme in this Realme, especially in the Church of England principally to be noted, with a full discourse of such persecutions, horrible troubles, the sufferyng of Martyrs, ...till the reigne of K. Henry viii.  Newly recognized and inlarged...  London: Iohn Daye, 1570.  2 volumes, large folios [the bindings are 14 11/16” tall and the text 14 1/4”], 19th century blindstamped calf, dual labels, both volumes with front cover detached;  marbled endpapers.  Although all the preliminary leaves are present, all but the last have marginal repairs: these are without loss of text except for the 3pp of the Table and the last page of poetry, which are textually defective as to both outer and top margins; there is also minor worming, marginal except for two single wormholes in the title page. The blank margin of Cii (pp. 28/9) is repaired; the following leaves are missing and have a blank leaf inserted in their place: c iiii (pp. 35/6), D i  (pp. 301/2), E iii & iiii (pp. 320/1 & 323/4), replaced with one blank—the odd pagination notwithstanding, only 2 leaves are missing; I iiii (leaf 364);  D iii (pp. 308/9) has repairs to the bottom & outer margins; the outer and top margins of I5 (leaf 365) are repaired, just affecting the sidenotes; the outer margins of *Iiiii* & *I5* (leaves 370 & 371) are repaired, slightly affecting the sidenotes on 5; of the final unnumbered leaves at the rear, only MM2, NN2, OOi, iii & iv are present: NNi, iii & iiii and OOii, which have two large woodcuts each, are missing; OOi has a repair to the outer margin, OOiii has repairs to pieces torn from the outer margin & the bottom outer corner, affecting sidenotes & catchword recto & verso AND a large rectangular repair to the middle outer margin, removing sidenotes recto & verso and between 1 and 4 letters of text from 35 lines recto and 40 verso; OOiiii has repairs to the top and outer margins, affecting sidenotes and headline.

   (25) 912 (18)pp, with a folding woodcut, “The description of the poysoning of King Iohn by a Monke of Swinestead Abbeye in Lincolnshire,” inserted between Fi and Fii (pp. 316 & 317). The pagination is occasionally erratic.

  The Second Volume:  LACKS title; the text begins on AAa i (p. 923, the recto is soiled);  the outer margins of AAa i & 6 are neatly repaired; at first there are over 50 single wormholes (some marginal), some removing a single letter (or part of 2 letters) of text, but not much impairing the legibility of the text, rapidly diminishing in number so that there ore four on FFf iiii (p. 991), then 3 and by KKk 6 (p. 1041), one from NNn iii (p. 1107), which ends on OOo ii (p. 1346); some leaves throughout, beginning with YYy 5 & 6 (pp. 1447-50), have their outer and bottom margins extended, perhaps having been supplied from another, smaller, copy: [see also ZZz i (pp 1451/5); IIIi i, iii, iiii & 6 (pp 1579/80, 1583/6 & 1589/90); YYYY iiii & 6 (pp. 2005/6 & 2009/10), IIIIi iiii pp. 2113/4 & OOOOo i (pp. 2167/8)]; ZZZ ii-6 (pp. 1453/62) have neatly repaired closed tears to ii & iii, with iiii through 6 having some a missing blank bottom margin neatly supplied; the blank bottom outer corners of KKKk i & ii (pp. 1991/2) are neatly repaired, as are those of PPPp iii (pp. 1656/7) and FFFF 6 (pp. 1817/8); there is a neatly repaired closed tear to CCCCc iii (pp. 2039/40); there is a neat repair to the bottom outer corner of KKKKk i (slightly affecting the sidenote on pp. 2123); the bottom outer corner of XXXXx iii (pp. 2259/60) is torn away, removing between a couple of letters to several words of text from 4 lines recto & 5 verso, neatly repaired; the outer margins of XXXXx ii & 5 are repaired and from YYYYy i through the end of the volume all leaves are repaired to the outer margin and either extended or slightly short to the bottom margin, but the only defects in respect to the printing of sidenotes or text are those described as follows: a couple letters are missing from a sidenote on the verso of ZZZZz 5 (p. 2284); there is a small paper flaw hole in the text of AAAAA iii (pp. 2291/2) affecting a few letters recto & verso; a piece is torn from the outer margin of AAAAA 4 (pp. ), removing the outer words of the sidenotes recto and verso and between 4 & 5 words of text from the bottom 23 lines recto and 24 verso;  a piece is missing from the outer column of IIIIi (in the Index), removing some letters/ words from 13 lines recto (‘Pe’) and 15 verso (‘Pi’ to ‘Pl’) and from the outer column of IIIII iiii, removing some letters/ words recto from ‘Thr’ through ‘Va’; verso (this being the final printed leaf), while the portrait and imprint are present (London: Iohn Daye, 1570) some of the outer portion of the decorative cartouche at the bottom is missing.  

  2302 (26)pp; though there are the defects just described, other than the title, no pages of text are missing. The text generally is crisp and clean, with large margins, through almost the entire volume.  There are several ink notes in a contemporary hand in the text, two pertaining to obedience to the king and to magistrates (EEE ii recto; p. 1237 and FFFF i recto (p. 1827): “obedience to magistrates in all that is not agaynst Gods word”; see also NNNn 5 recto (p. 1635), PPPp iii (p. 1656), which latter has the bottom outer corner neatly repaired, and RRRR i (p. 1940), underlining only.  The woodcuts of the burning of Bishop Ridley and of the burning of the bones of Bucer & Phagius which in later editions are inserted separately are in this edition printed on full pages of the text, respectively on QQQQ 6 verso (p. 1938) and the recto of MMMMm 5 (p. 2151).

  ***STC 11223; the second edition of this great work.  As the note in the Short Title Catalogue observes: "Most copies listed of this [the first] and the following eds. are imperfect." This second edition, with both volumes, is very rarely available for sale in any condition.

  ***Apart from the Bible itself, perhaps the most important and influential 16th century work in the English language.         $20,000.

 

6. SOLD Foxe, John. The First Volume of the Ecclesiastical history contaynyng the Actes and Monuments of thynges passed in every Kynges tyme in this Realme, especially in the Church of England principally to be noted, with a full discourse of such persecutions, horrible troubles, the sufferyng of Martyrs, ...till the reigne of K. Henry viii.  Newly recognized and inlarged...  London: Iohn Daye, 1570.  Large folio [the text is 13 5/8” tall], 19th century half calf/ marbled boards, very worn & sometime crudely rebacked, with the rebacking badly worn & falling off; both covers detached; with a good old label; LACKS the 6 page ‘To the true ... universall Church” of the preliminary leaves (which ought immediately to follow the title); the margins of the preliminary leaves are frayed & defective, slightly affecting bottom outer corner of the border of the general title, removing the top line of the address to Queen Elizabeth, some blank margins and affecting various sidenotes, especially with decay to the bottom outer corner, removing on one page a couple of the names of authors referred to in the text, but not affecting the main body of the text.  From the first page of the text proper, the bottom outer corner is better and gradually improves; the outer margin of Ciiii (p. ) is decayed and frayed, slightly affecting the sidenotes;  by c. page 50 the outer margin ceases being delicate and the bottom outer corner is much better and the text, including the bottom and outer edges, becomes crisp; there is a small hole to the outer edge of the text, removing a few letters from 2 lines, recto & verso of K iii (pp. 113/4); LACKS s i (pp. 205/6); there is minor worming to the blank bottom inner corner from y5 (p. 261) to Fi (p. 326) and, also, to the top inner margin from AA4 (p. 800), affecting sidenotes from FFiiii (p. 859) to the end of the volume and a single wormhole toward the middle of the inner margin, occasionally touching a sidenote, from Yyiiii (p. 787) through the end of the volume and worming to the blank bottom outer corner from Ff6 through Kk6 (pp. 599-648) and again from AAiii through IIi (p. 797 through 890); the outer margins of NNi through OOiiii are frayed, affecting the sidenotes and the decorative cartouche at the bottom of the verso of OOiiii, with the bottom margins slightly frayed & decayed from MMi; the 12 large woodcuts on NNi-iiii and OOi & ii are present and fully intact.

  (19) 912 (18)pp, with a folding woodcut, “The description of the poysoning of King Iohn by a Monke of Swinestead Abbeye in Lincolnshire,” inserted between Fi and Fii (pp. 316 & 317).

  Though a well worn copy, apart from the three missing preliminary leaves and ‘s i’ (pp. 205/6), this volume is complete with both the general title and the colophon leaf at the rear. The top is a bit decayed & browned, and rarely with any blank margin of substance, with the consequence that the headlines are occasionally shaved; the sidenotes are also occasionally shaved, as are some of the page numbers.

  ***Volume I ONLY of STC 11223; the second edition of this great work. As the note in the Short Title Catalogue observes: "Most copies listed of this [the first] and the following eds. are imperfect." ***Apart from the Bible itself, perhaps the most important and influential 16th century work in the English language.    $3500.

 

 

1576: the third edition, again revised and expanded by Foxe

7. SOLD Foxe, John. The First [Second] Volume of the Ecclesiasticall History, contayning the Actes & Monumentes of thinges passed in every Kinges time, in this Realme, especially in the Churche of England ... the suffering of Martirs...  Newly recognissed and inlarged.  London: John Daye, 1576. Two volumes in one (as is usual), thick folio [the binding is 13¼” tall and the text 12½”], original blindstamped calf over oak boards, brass corner and center-pieces, clasps missing but with original catches, sometime rebacked with much of the original spine laid down; LACKS the general title; with a library stamp from the Richmond Public Library at the top of the first of the preliminary leaves (To the true and faithful Congregation of Christes universall Church”); the inner margin of the first three leaves (and the outer of the first five) has been neatly repaired; there are repairs to the blank verso of XX iiii (p. 771), not affecting any printed area of the recto (which includes the large woodcut and the colophon, reading London: Iohn Daye, 1576);  the inner margin of AAa i (the title to the second volume) is repaired verso and the inner c. ½” of the woodcut title is missing; there is a burn hole to BBb5 (pp. 793/4) affecting about half a dozen words of text, recto & verso; a hole is cut in HHh ii (pp. 859/60), removing about half a dozen words recto and the head of the executioner in the woodcut verso; there is a repaired closed tear into the text on OOo ii (p.931) AND, also, on GGGG iii (pp. 1597/8) and UUUU i (pp. 1749/50); a large outer corner is torn from NNN6 (pp. 1191/2), removing text from 19 lines of the outer column recto & verso and, also, sidenotes r & v; a large bottom outer corner is torn from AAAAa ii (pp. 1259/60), just into the inner column and c. 55% of the page vertically; a piece is torn from the outer margin of GGGg i (pp. 1329/30), slightly affecting a sidenote (and neatly repaired); on the verso of GGGg iiii (p. 1336), at the end of the 9th book and just prior to the coming of Queen Mary is handwritten: “VOLUME THE THIRD: beginning Wth”; the bottom outer corner is torn from KKKKk iii (pp. 1897/8), removing a few words of a sidenote verso; the bottom outer corner is torn from OOOOo iii (pp. 1945/6) removing a letter of text and the catchword recto & a word each from the bottom two lines verso; the text proper ends at the bottom of the verso of TTTTt iiii (p. 2008): the Index is complete through XXXXx ii (8 leaves, ending with ‘Ne’; substantial portions of the next three leaves (through ‘Ry’) are present (& mounted) and a small fragment of a final leaf (through ‘Ta’, also mounted) are also present, with the stamp of the Richmond library on the verso (this stamp is in the blank bottom margin of various leaves throughout: e.g., pp. 50, 1100 & 1850). The text generally is crisp and in very good condition, with only a few stains.

  (23) 2008 (16) pages.  Apart from the general title the preliminary leaves all are present and no leaves are missing from the text proper; in addition to the 8 complete leaves of the index mentioned there are substantial portions of three additional  leaves and a fragment of another.  There are also three inserted folding woodcuts, each defective, but usually entirely missing: 1) the burning of Anthony Person (inserted between OOO6 & PPP i, pp. 1204 & 1205), mounted and lacking the folded portion beyond the outer edge of the page; 2) the burning of Ridley & Latimer (inserted between MMMM iiii & 5, pp. 1600 & 1601), with the right half present and the left mostly missing; 3) the burning of the bones of Bucer & Phagius (inserted between GGGGg i & ii, pp. 1858 & 1859), with the left ¼  missing.

  ***STC 11224, the third edition of this great work; the colophon with the date is present at the end of volume I and the title to volume two is present as well.  A very good copy of a book which virtually never appears complete and is rarely found even in moderately good condition.  As the note in the Short Title Catalogue observes: "Most copies listed of this [the first] and the following eds. are imperfect"; the present copy is almost complete and is far better than most.   ***Apart from the Bible itself, perhaps the most important and influential 16th century work in the English language.   $14,500.

 

 

8. Foxe, John. The First [Second] Volume of the Ecclesiasticall History, contayning the Actes & Monumentes of thinges passed in every Kinges time, in this Realme, especially in the Churche of England ... the suffering of Martirs...  Newly recognissed and inlarged.  London: John Daye, 1576. Two volumes in one (as is usual), thick folio [the binding is 13¼” tall and the text 12½”], old (probably original) paneled calf over wooden boards (somewhat wormed), brass corner and centerpieces (lacking only the bottom inner corner from the front cover), sometime rebacked; the whole somewhat worn but sound; the first title is in an old photostat facsimile) provided by the Huntingdon Library in California, apparently in 1953); in addition to the general title, TTTTt6 (Ba through Ch) and all after XXXXx4 (after Pr) are missing from the table at the rear; there is a burn hole in Dd6 (pp311/2) affecting sidenotes and a word or two of 14 lines of text and the bottom outer corner of Pp5 is torn away, affecting sidenotes verso (p. 706); there is a paper flaw at the bottom of KKKKk4 (pp. 1899/1900) affecting a few letters of text at the bottom inner corner, recto & verso; there is a stain to the inner margin at the front, affecting the text in the preliminaries and extending slightly into the first leaves of text proper; the inner margin of the first 4 leaves has been a bit crudely repaired, slightly affecting the text on the first two; the bottom outer corner is torn away on the second of these leaves, removing some words to some letters on the bottom 6 lines of the outer column;  the text generally is very good, having a few minor stains, soiling & browning, but generally is crisp and clean.  (23) 2008 (18)pp  ***STC 11224, the third edition of this great work; the colophon with the date is present at the end of volume I and the title to volume two is present as well.  A very good copy of a book which virtually never appears complete and is rarely found even in moderately good condition.  As the note in the Short Title Catalogue observes: "Most copies listed of this [the first] and the following eds. are imperfect"; the present copy is almost complete and is far better than most.   ***Apart from the Bible itself, perhaps the most important and influential 16th century work in the English language.     $14,500.                                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

1583: the fourth and last edition revised and expanded by Foxe

9. Foxe, John.  Actes and Monuments of matters most speciall and memorable, happenyng in the Church, with an Universall history of the same, wherein is set forth at large the whole race and course of the Church, from the primitive age to  these latter tymes of ours, with the bloudy times, horrible troubles, and great persecutions against the true Martyrs of Christ,...  Newly revised and recognised, partly also augmented, and now the fourth time agayne published...  London: John Daye, 1583.  Large thick folio [the binding is 15¾” tall and the text 15”, the book is 5” thick], the front cover has somewhat worn original calf (with small pieces missing) over an oak board (with 3 of 4 brass corners and upper catch), but the volume is newly rebacked (reusing most of an old label) and with a new calf rear cover;   LACKS the general title (replaced with an old handwritten title, torn in half & loose) and all preliminary leaves before the second leaf of the Kalender (which begins with ‘May’), BBBBb ii and 5 (pages 1836/7 & 1842/3) [but with duplicates of BBBBb iii & iv] and the final leaves of the Index at the rear (after ‘Persecution’). the catchword on B6 (p.23) correctly reads ‘sonne’; there is minor worming to the outer margin CC6-Oo i (pp. 299-423), occasionally affecting the  sidenotes; a triangular piece (c. 30 degrees) is torn from bottom outer corner of MMii (pp. 298/9) affecting between 3 & 13 lines of text of the outer column & a few letters/ words from the inner column, recto & verso; a piece is torn from the bottom outer margin of CC i (pp. 553/4), affecting sidenotes recto & verso; a large piece is torn from Rr6 (pp. 731/2), removing c. half of the outer column, including c. 60% of the woodcut verso;  there are a few closed tears (e.g. S iii (pp. 109/10), XX ii (pp. 771/2), BBB iiii (pp. 1079/80), YYYY iiii (1810/1); a piece is torn from Yy i  (pp. 781/2), affecting a few letters of text recto & verso and some words/letters of c. 12 lines of a sidenote verso; the bottom outer corner is torn from Yy v (pp. 789-90), removing a few words of a sidenote recto; there is relatively minor wear to the leaves at the end of volume I, with no damage to the 12 large woodcuts at the top of each page (780-791) or to the colophon on the verso of p. 794; a piece is torn from GGg i (p. 86970), removing from 15 lines a letter or 2 to a few words from the bottom of the outer column, recto & verso; there is a small hole in FFF ii (pp. 1124), affecting a couple letters of text recto and a woodcut verso; the bottom outer corner of PPP iiii (1236/7) is torn away, removing a letter or two from the bottom 5 lines, recto & verso and from 7 lines of sidenote recto and 9 verso; there is a hole in UUU iii, removing 2 or 3 words from 5 lines, (recto only, that part of the verso being blank); there is a paper flaw hole to the bottom outer column of DDDD ii (pp. 1596/7), affecting 2 or 3 words of text, recto & verso; the bottom outer corner is torn from MMMM iiii (p. 1697), removing between a couple of words/ letters from 9 lines of text verso;  a large bottom outer corner is torn from FFFFf iii (pp. 1886/7), affecting the outer third of the bottom half of the outer column of text recto & the outer portion of the woodcut verso; a pasted in slip adds a bottom line plus a catchword to the inner column verso of CCCCC i (p. 2112); in addition to the worming mentioned above, there is worming in the text from LLLLi (p. 1673) through the end, at first affecting a letter or two of text (through a word), then two holes and seven by page 2020, but nowhere affecting the readability of the text; there are a few closed tears & stains (and occasional shaving of sidenotes), but the text generally is good throughout. None of the inserted folding woodcuts is present in this copy.

 (27) 2154 (20) pages   ***STC 11225; the last revision issued in Foxe's lifetime. As the note in the Short Title Catalogue observes: "Most copies listed of this [the first] and the following eds. are imperfect"; the present copy is almost complete and is far better than most.

  Apart from the Bible itself, perhaps the most important and influential 16th century work in the English language.   $12,500.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Foxe, John.  Actes and Monuments of matters most speciall and memorable, happenyng in the Church, with an Universall history of the same, wherein is set forth at large the whole race and course of the Church, from the primitive age to these latter tymes of ours, with the bloudy times, horrible troubles, and great persecutions against the true Martyrs of Christ,...  Newly revised and recognised, partly also augmented, and now the fourth time agayne published...  London: John Daye, 1583.  Large thick folio [the binding is 14½” tall and the text 14 1/8 ”, the book is 4½” thick], new calf with most of the old paneled calf covers neatly laid down. LACKS the general title (replaced in facsimile), XXXx ii & 5 (pp. 1536/7 & 1542/3) plus at least two preliminary leaves. The first several preliminary leaves present are defective to the bottom margin, just removing a few letters of text, and have the headlines repaired; there are a few marginal repairs as well. The catchword on B6 (p. 23) correctly reads “workes”; there is a small paper flaw hole in CC i (p. 389, but should read 289) affecting a few letters of text, recto & verso; there is a long closed tear from the top to the inner margin of XX6 (pp. 779/80), with the top outer corner torn away, removing the page numbers; the 12 large woodcuts (at the top of pages 780-791) are fully intact and in good condition, but the bottom and outer margins of these pages are slightly frayed (touching the sidenotes on some), with a piece torn from YY iii removing a couple words from the bottom 6 lines of the outer column of text and some of the lists of Popes, recto & verso, AND with YY6 bound slightly askew, the sidenotes being cropped accordingly; the bottom outer corner of UUu iiii (pp. 1031/2) is torn away, removing some words from the bottom 7 lines of text, recto & verso; YYy ii (pp. 1051/2) has a piece torn from the outer column, removing a few letters/a word of text from c. 15 lines of a sidenote recto (and 4 verso); the sidenote on the verso of EEE5 (pp. 1117/8) is slightly defective; there is a small hole affecting a few letters of text on the recto & verso of FFF iiii (pp. 1127/8); a piece is torn from the margin of OOO ii (pp. 1219/20), affecting sidenotes recto & verso; there is a narrow vertical hole in AAAa i, affecting a letter or two on 6 lines of text, recto & verso; there is a horizontal closed tear across EEEe iiii (pp. 1348/9); there is a hole in the inner margin of PPPp i (p. 1463), removing some words of a sidenote verso; there are several closed internal tears to PPPp 6 (pp. 1472/3); there is a closed tear to RRRr5 (pp. 1494/5); a narrow vertical strip is torn from the inner margin of TTTt i (p. 1510/1), removing several sidenotes recto & verso; the slip of paper originally pasted in at the bottom of the inner column of CCCCC i (p. 2112), adding a further line of text and another catchword, is missing; the final leaves of the Index at the rear have marginal repairs, with the last two seriously defective, but with the concluding words, “The end of the Table.” present.  There is a stain to the bottom outer corner through the large middle of the volume (marginal, not affecting the text) and also occasional minor staining; and there are a few minor tears without loss of text; the sidenotes are occasionally shaved; generally the text is in good condition throughout.

 (39) 2154 (32) pages with a folding woodcut inserted between pp. 1955/6 (with the portion which extended beyond the ordinary page edges missing).  The title to volume II is present and in good condition.

    ***STC 11225; the last revision issued in Foxe's lifetime. As the note in the Short Title Catalogue observes: "Most copies listed of this [the first] and the following eds. are imperfect"; the present copy is almost complete and is far better than most.

  Apart from the Bible itself, perhaps the most important and influential 16th century work in the English language.    $12,500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. SOLD Foxe, John.  Actes and Monuments of matters most speciall and memorable, happenyng in the Church, with an Universall history of the same, wherein is set forth at large the whole race and course of the Church, from the primitive age to  these latter tymes of ours, with the bloudy times, horrible troubles, and great persecutions against the true Martyrs of Christ,...  Newly revised and recognised, partly also augmented, and now the fourth time agayne published...  London: John Daye, 1583.  Folio, new quarter calf, grey paper covered boards with vellum corners [the binding is 14 1/16” tall and the text 13 3/4”].  Volume I ONLY, lacking the general title and with only 8 of the preliminary leaves present (most are defective at the bottom, some affecting the text), but with the 794 page text complete. The first c. 25 leaves of the text are slightly creased, as are I3, 4 & 6 and Ki-6 (pp. 109-129) and occasional leaves throughout; the top outer corner is torn from I5 (pp. 105/6), removing some c. 11 lines of text recto and of the heading of book II verso; the marginal notes on Yii -6 and Aa i (pp. 255-66) are shaved (Y being bound slightly askew) with some soiling, especially to the last few of these leaves; there is occasional  shaving of the sidenotes throughout the volume;  the outer margin of Mm i (pp. 397/8) is frayed, slightly affecting the sidenotes; there are closed tears into the text to D1-3 (pp. 37/42), Nn6 (pp. 419/20), with soiling on that and on Nn5 & Oo1; there are 2 small paper flaw holes in Ss5 (pp. 477/8), each affecting a few letters of text; the outer margin of HH iii & 4 (pp. 617/20) are frayed, affecting the sidenotes; there are three small paper flaw holes in EE iiii (pp. 583/4), each affecting a couple letters of text, and paper flaw holes to XX i and iiii (pp. 769/70 and  775/6), also affecting a couple letters of text each; the outer margins are defective from Yy4 through the end of the book (pp. 781-794), removing portions of the sidenotes, but not affecting the text proper and only affecting the top outer edge of the last of the 12 large woodcuts which are on each of the pages; the leaves on pp. 781-9 are bound out of their proper order, though they are all present; the inner margin of the final leaf (pp. 793/4) is repaired, not affecting text or the large woodcut and colophon (with the imprint London, Iohn Daye, 1583) on the verso. The text generally is clean, though there is some soiling and very slight decay to the bottom inner corner after about page 550, but not affecting the text.    (16) 794 pages

  In a contemporary hand on the verso of Rr5 (p. 730) is inscribed: “John Smith his book  so be it   amen”.  In what seems to be the same hand there are 10 lines of Latin manuscript in a late 16th century hand at the bottom of the colophon leaf (p. 794).         

   ***STC 11225; the last revision issued in Foxe's lifetime. As the note in the Short Title Catalogue observes: "Most copies listed of this [the first] and the following eds. are imperfect"; the present copy is almost complete and is far better than most.

  Apart from the Bible itself, perhaps the most important and influential 16th century work in the English language.      $2500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1641: a black letter, three volume edition

12. Fox, John.  Acts and Monuments Of matters most speciall and memorable, happening in the Church, with an universall History of the same. Wherein is set forth at large, the whole Race and Course of the Church, from the Primitive age to these later times of ours, with the bloody times, horrible troubles, and great Persecutions against the true MARTYRS Of Christ, fought and wrought...  London: for the Company of Stationers, 1641.  3 volumes, large folio, 19th century vellum.  (1) folding frontispiece (The Battell of Armageddon), (124) 1033; (42) 22 5-788 (94); (1) 1030, (13) 106 (109)pp ***Volume I: with the rare half-title and folding frontispiece; Volume II: with a copperplate portrait of Fox tipped in on the verso of the title, small burn holes to C4 (pp.31/2) & 3C6 (pp. 601/2), repairs to the bottom blank margin of 2Z6 and the folding plate of Winsdor Castle & repair verso to the blank margin of 3I1; Volume III: top outer corner (1" x 1 1/2") torn from title & small burn hole toward outer margin (affecting the head of a demon in the decorative border), LACKS the following 18 leaves, T5 (pp. 221/2), U4 (pp. 231/2), LL6 & MM1&2 (pp. 403-8), Ss6 & T1-6 & Uu1 (pp. 487-502) and Pppp2-6 (pp. 1005-12); there is a paper flaw in Qq5 affecting the woodcut & a bit of text, the bottom outer corner is torn from Zz3 affecting the woodcut & text; the bottom outer corner is torn from Ddd1, just touching the text & sidenote; there are paper flaws to Ggg3 & Hhh3, slightly affecting the text & a small burn hole to E2, affecting a few letters of text. The text generally is crisp & clean throughout. ***STC F2035; this black letter edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs includes, at the end of volume 3, A Continuation of the Histories of Forrein Martyrs: From the happy reigne of the most renowned Qu. Elizabeth, to these times.  London: Adam Islip, Foelix Kingston, and Robert Yong, 1632. This is the second of the 17th century three volume folio editions, with a black letter text and a multiplicity of woodcut illustrations of martyrs and martyrdoms. Other than the 19th century 8 volume editions (which are in a small format with a difficult to read text and no illustrations, giving little idea of what the original is like), these 17th century editions are the last complete editions. All editions after the 1684 edition (which is in roman letter and has copperplate illustrations) are very drastically abridged. 

   Quite an attractive set.    $5500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1684: the last of the complete folio editions of Foxe, with Roman letter type & copperplate illustrations

                               Selina, Countess of Huntingdon’s copy

13. Fox, John. Acts and Monuments of Matters most Special and Memorable. Happening in the Church: with an Universal History Of the same. Wherein is set forth at Large, the whole Race and Course of the Church, ...with the Bloody Times, Horrible Troubles, and Great Persecutions against the true Martyrs of Christ. The Ninth Edition. London: for the Company of Stationers, 1684. 3 volumes, very large folio [the bindings are 17 15/16” tall and the text 17 1/2”], old reversed calf, sometime (probably late 19th/ early 20th century) rebacked, reusing old labels; the rear hinge of volume I is slightly tender;  with the initials CC in gilt on all covers; ex-libris the Cheshunt College library, with its bookplates in volumes I & II and with ‘CHESHUNT COLLEGE’ stamped in red on the titles of volumes I & III and on the first page of text of volume II; the title of volume I is neatly mounted; there is a large piece torn from the blank bottom margin of Uiiii (pp. 235/6), neatly repaired; there is minor marginal worming to the blank bottom outer corner from Ttt5 (p. 777) through the end of the volume; Ffff4 (p. 895), the final leaf is neatly mounted to the blank verso. Volume III: the outer margin of the title is trimmed by about ½ inch; there is a brown spot at the bottom of the bottom margin, c. Ee1-Ff6 pp. 325-348), at first light, then dark and a bit brittle for a few leaves and then lightening again; there is a small paper flaw in Gg5, slightly affecting the copperplate recto and a few letters of text verso; there is a closed tear in Yy1 (pp. 529/30); there is a little light browning & foxing after Zzz1 (p. 817); the text of volume 3 ends on the recto of Cccc6 (p. 863)  There follows a title and additional material: A Continuation of the Histories of Forreign Martyrs: From the happy Reign of the most Renowned Queen Elizabeth, to These Times. London: W.R. and S.R. for the Company of Stationers, 1684. This includes material relating to St. Bartholomew’s Day in France in 1572, the Spanish Invasion of 1588 and the Gunpowder Treason of 1605. An Index for the whole follows.

  I: (124) 895 (with a double page plate inserted between C6 & D1  (pp. 36 & 37) titled: “A most exact Table of the first Ten Persecutions of the Primitive Church under the Heathen Tyrants of Rome”; and a full page plate between Bb1 & 2 (pp. 290/1) titled: The description of ye poysoning of King Iohn” and a double page folding plate between Eeee4 & 5 (pp. 884/5), with a few repairs verso, reading: “The Proud Primacy of Popes in order of their rising up from faithfull Bishops & martyrs to become Lords & Governors over Kings & Kingdoms”;  II: (1) 551, 131; III: (1) 959 (44)pp

  Quite a nice set, much larger than most, with wide margins and a crisp & clean text, though the outer margin of volume one is a bit wrinkled (as if at some point it was slightly damp, though without any hint of staining); some copies have a portrait of Fox as a frontispiece, something which is not present in this copy. Also lacking, in Volume II, is the “Description of Windsor Castle” between Qq6 & Rr1 (pp. 468/9): this clearly has sometime been removed.

  Volume III has the bookplate of Selina Countess of Huntingdon (& under the College’s bookplate the other two volumes may have her bookplate as well). In 1739 Lady Huntingdon joined the Methodist Society meeting in London and spent most of her life aiding to the best of her ability the Evangelical revival, supporting Calvinistic Methodists such as George Whitefield as her chaplains throughout the country. In 1768 she founded a training college for ministers at Trefeca in Wales; shortly after her death it was moved to Hertfordshire and renamed Cheshunt College.  At some point this set apparently moved from her library to that of Cheshunt College.  A rare opportunity to own books from the personal library of Lady Huntingdon.

  ***Wing F2036; the last of the great folio editions, printed in a roman letter text and with copperplate illustrations (all earlier editions have woodcuts and a black letter text). Other than the 19th century 8 volume editions (which are in a small format with a difficult to read text and no illustrations, giving little idea of what the originals were like), this is the last complete edition of the text. All other editions are very drastically abridged. Unlike the 16th century editions, the illustrations in this set are in copperplate rather than woodcut. Quite an attractive set.   $15,000.

 

                                       The Shirburn Castle copy

14. Fox, John. Acts and Monuments of Matters most Special and Memorable. Happening in the Church: with an Universal History Of the same. Wherein is set forth at Large, the whole Race and Course of the Church, ...with the Bloody Times, Horrible Troubles, and Great Persecutions against the true Martyrs of Christ. The Ninth Edition. London: for the Company of Stationers, 1684. 3 volumes, large folio [the bindings are 15 3/4” tall and the text 15 1/4”], original paneled calf, hinges splitting, but still sound; ornately gilt spines/ labels; with the bookplates of the North Library, Shirburn Castle, of the Earls of Macclesfield, inside the front covers and of “Thomas Parker of the Inner Temple Esqr. 1704” on the verso of the titles of each volume. Volume I: there is a light dampstain at the bottom, only slightly into the text to D3 of the Preliminary leaves; there is a small paper flaw hole in Aaa6 (pp. 563/4), affecting a letter or two of text recto & verso, in Qqq5 (pp. 741/2), affecting several letters of text recto & verso, and in Zzz3 (pp. 812), affecting 2 words of a sidenote verso; Volume II:   there is a light dampstain at the front affecting the bottom margin and c. 3/8” up into the text through B4 (p. 21), and subsequently marginal before disappearing; there is also a dampstain to the top margin toward the outer corner, touching the headlines through c. B1 (p. 14), then marginal before disappearing; there is a paper flaw hole in Oo1 (pp. 157/8), removing a word recto & verso, and from QQ5 (pp. 465/6), removing a few letters of a sidenote recto.

  I: Portrait, (124) 895 (with a double page folding plate inserted between C6 & D1  (pp. 36 & 37) titled: “A most exact Table of the first Ten Persecutions of the Primitive Church under the Heathen Tyrants of Rome”; and a full page plate between Bb1 & 2 (pp. 290/1) titled: The description of ye poysoning of King Iohn” and a double page folding plate between Eeee4 & 5 (pp. 884/5), with a few repairs verso, reading: “The Proud Primacy of Popes in order of their rising up from faithfull Bishops & martyrs to become Lords & Governors over Kings & Kingdoms”;  II: (1) 551, 131 (with an inserted full page plate between Qq6 & Rr1 (pp. 468/9), entitled “The Description of Winsdor Castle” ; III: (1) 959 (44)pp

  ***Wing F2036; the last of the great folio editions, printed in a roman letter text and with copperplate illustrations (all earlier editions have woodcuts and a black letter text). Other than the 19th century 8 volume editions (which are in a small format with a difficult to read text and no illustrations, giving little idea of what the originals were like), this is the last complete edition of the text. All other editions are very drastically abridged. Unlike the 16th century editions, the illustrations in this set are in copperplate rather than woodcut. Quite an attractive set.   $15,000.

 

 

 

 

 

15.  Foxe, John.  The Acts and Monuments of John Foxe:  A New and Complete Edition.  with a preliminary dissertation, by ...George Townsend, ...edited by ...Stephen Reed Cattley.  London: R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside, 1841 [1837-1838-1839].  8 volumes original cloth, somewhat faded and with spines a bit chipped; old paper library labels at bottom of spines, but no other markings; the front free endpaper is missing in volume 4 and there is a crude tape repair to the inner hinge; volumes 7 & 8 have more wear than the others, with the rear cover on each being virtually detached; the text is crisp and clean throughout.  3, portrait, extra engraved title, xv (1) (16) (24) 532 (8) 386; (1) (5) iv, 810; (5) vii (1) 789 (1); (5) vii (1) 707; (5) vii (1) 800 [with a half page note from the editor at the front, regretting the delay in the publication of this volume]; (6) viii, 740; (6) viii, 752; (6) viii (1) 754pp  with approximately 40 full page illustrations throughout.

  ***Including, in volume I, which was published 2 years after the completion of the other 7, a 3 page publisher’s notice, a 16 page list of subscribers and a 24 page index. ***The publisher’s note on the first page of volume 2 (which was the first volume published) states that “the present work is a reprint of the fourth edition of the original work of John Foxe, published in 1583; with the exception of passages introduced from the first three English editions, and from the fifth, which latter, though published after the Author’s death, was partially or completely corrected and revised by himself. Every material variation from the text of 1583 is properly distinguished.“  The editor also says that “modern orthography is introduced; grammatical errors corrected; dates inserted at the head of each page; while a few coarse expressions of a less cultivated age are either omitted or remodelled; but these are carefully distinguished...”.   The half page note at the beginning of volume 5 attributes the delay in publication to “a necessary reference to many hundred Authors and Originals, in order to render it more acceptable to the public.”  The 3 page publisher’s note in volume I, which was published in 1841, states that the original intention was to print Foxe without alteration, but that after the publication of volumes 2 & 3 strong complaints were made that “no new edition of Foxe ought to have been produced without a full correction of all his errors.”  This the publishers attempted to do, with “most of his errors [having been] corrected by reference to original sources.”  It should be said that a substantial part of the criticism of this edition of Foxe came from Roman Catholics who were anxious to discredit Foxe entirely: it may not be necessary to add that attacks from such were in substantial part unfair and even dishonest. This edition was revised and published 1846-8 and a further revised, corrected edition was published in 1853. These are the only complete editions of Foxe subsequent to the 3 volume folio editions of the 17th century; all other editions are either severely abridged or condensed so as to put over 2000 folio pages into a couple hundred page modern paperback.  $500.

 

 

 

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