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    Foxe's Book of Martyrs

    John Foxe. Acts and Monuments of Matters Most Special and Memorable, Happening in the Church; with an Universal History of the Same. London: the Company of Stationers, 1684.

    Ninth edition. Three folio volumes. [124], 895; 551, 131; 959, [45] double column pages. Frontis portrait of Foxe. Red and black lettering to title page. Three folding plates. Engraved illustrations in text throughout.

    Modern half leather over marbled boards. Raised bands. Gilt lettering to spines fading. Some light foxing. Occasional marginal notations. Custom slipcases. Ex-library rubber stamp marks on first two and final page of each volume. A handsome, clean set in very good condition.

    "In his popular 'Book of Martyrs,' John Foxe (1516-87) presents the ordeals of early English Protestants in the context of the persecution and martyrdom of early Christians under the Romans, and contributes to the formation of England's national Protestant identity" (Cressy & Ferrell).

    Cressy & Ferrell, Religion and Society in Early Modern England, 32. ESTC, R3576.

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