Lot 1275: Paul Wright THE NEW AND COMPLETE BOOK OF MARTYRS OR AN UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF MARTYRDOM c1790 Antique English History & Theology Torture Engraved Plates Leather Binding
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The New and Complete Book of Martyrs, or, an Universal History of Martyrdom: Being Fox's Book of Martyrs, Revised and Corrected, with Additions and Great Improvements. Containing Not Only a New, Copious, Complete, Universal and Authentic Account of the Lives, Actions, Characters, Trials, Religious Principles, Sufferings, Tortures, and Triumphant Deaths, of the English Protestant Martyrs, in the Reign of Queen Mary the First, but Also a Genuine, Full, and Circumstansial History of All the Many Dreadful and Cruel Persectuions against the Church of Christ, in All Parts of the World, by Papists, Pagans, Jews, Turks, and Others, from the Very Earliest Ages of the Church, to the Present Period.
Author: John Foxe - John Foxe was an English historian and martyrologist, the author of "Actes and Monuments" (popularly known as Foxe's "Book of Martyrs"), an account of Christian martyrs throughout Western history but emphasizing the sufferings of English Protestants and proto-Protestants from the fourteenth century through the reign of Mary I. Widely owned and read by English Puritans, the book helped mould British popular opinion about the Catholic Church for several centuries. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia), Paul Wright
Publisher: Printed for Alex. Hogg & Co.
Year: c. 1790
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: iv/951 pages plus directions to binders
Width: 10.25" Height: 15.75"
Book Details: A chronicle of torture with many illustrations nearly all involving the persecution of Protestants (or other heretics) by Catholics. This popular book was a source of anti-Catholicism in Great Britain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in later full leather with stamped gilt lettering and raised bands on the spine. The exterior shows light shelf wear. The binding is sound. The frontispiece depicts the crucifixion. The pages show mild to moderate age toning and scattered light foxing, as well as some edge wear/loss. The work is profusely illustrated with engraved plates.
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