Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint
Fox, John.  Fox's Book of Martyrs  1829 NY imprint

Fox, John. Fox's Book of Martyrs 1829 NY imprint

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Fox, John; Malham, John; Pratt, T. Fox's Book of Martyrs; or, The Acts and Monuments of The Christian Church; being A Complete History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Deaths of The Christian Martyrs; from the commencement of Christianity to the present period. To which is added, An Account of the Inquisition, the Bartholomew Massacre in France, the general Persecution under Louis XIV, the Massacres in the Irish Rebellions in the years 1641, and 1798, Rise, Progress and Persecutions of the people commonly called Quakers, together with an Account of the Western Martyrology, or Bloody Assizes; with The Lives of some of the early eminent Reformers. New York: William Borradaile, 1829.

Two volumes bound as one. Red leather, recently rebound with the original backstrip and covers retained, all showing the original wear, yet structurally sound and ready for another 200 years of use. Original marbled end papers. 9 x 11 inches. 1829 ink and 1916 pencil inscriptions on the ffep. With engraved extra title pages and frontispieces, plus additional full-page plates. One leaf professionally repaired (pp. 373-374). 652 (1) clean pp. printed in double columns. All 5 plates to vol. i. present; only 3 of 6 called for in vol. ii. present, and they do not appear to have ever been bound in. [3710] 

Melham's Preface is dated 1813. This edition adds Books and Chapters with a Table of Contents, and an Index, for easier reference.

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John Foxe (1517-1687), "English Puritan preacher and author of The Book of Martyrs, a graphic and polemic account of those who suffered for the cause of Protestantism. Widely read, often the most valued book beside the Bible in the households of English Puritans, it helped shape popular opinion about Roman Catholicism for at least a century. The feeling of the English populace against Spain, important in the politics of the age, was fanned by the book’s description of the Inquisition. It dealt chiefly, however, with the martyrdom of English Protestants from the 14th century through the reign of Queen Mary I in Foxe’s own time...

"Foxe worked for the Reformation, writing several tracts. He also began his account of martyrs but had carried it no further than 1500 when the accession of the Roman Catholic queen Mary I in 1553 forced him to flee overseas. In Strasbourg, France, he published his partly completed martyrology in Latin as Commentarii rerum in ecclesia gestarum (1554; “Commentaries on Affairs Within the Church”). He then went to Frankfurt, where he lent a moderating support to the Calvinistic party of John Knox, and thence to Basel, Switz., where he wrote a burning appeal to the English nobility to restrain the queen from persecuting Protestants: Ad inclytos ac praepotentes Angliae proceres (“To the Renowned and Powerful Nobles of England,” 1557). With the aid of manuscripts sent to him from England, he carried his account of the martyrs up to 1556 and had it printed in 1559, the year following the accession to the throne of the Protestant queen, Elizabeth I.

"Foxe returned to London and devoted himself to the completion of his great work. Perusing official registers and using the memories of eyewitnesses, he enlarged his story. His English translation was printed in March 1563 under the title Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Dayes. It immediately acquired the popular name The Book of Martyrs. In 1570 he produced his greatly improved second edition. This was the crown of his achievement; he made few changes in his third (1576) and fourth (1583) editions...

"Foxe’s monument is his book. It has been criticized as prolix, carelessly edited, one-sided, sometimes credulous, but it is factually detailed and preserves much firsthand material on the English Reformation unobtainable elsewhere." - Encyclopedia Britannica.