1641 Fox's Acts and Monuments

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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, 19 th 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 (601/2pp.), 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 17 th century three volume folio editions, with a black letter text and a multiplicity of woodcut illustrations of martyrs and martyrdoms. Other than the 19 th 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 17 th 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. $4800.