FOXE, JOHN. 1516-1587.
[Actes and Monuments of Matters most Speciall and Memorable, Happenyng in the Church, with an Uniuersall History of the same. London: John Daye, 1583.]
2 volumes in 3. Folio (350 x 230 mm). §6 *6 ¶4 A-Y6 Aa-Yy6 AA-XX6 YY8 AAa-YYy6 AAA-HHH6 2HHH6 III-SSS6 TTT-VVV⁴ AAAa-YYYy6 AAAA-YYYY6 AAAAa-YYYYy6 5A-5F6 5G-5H4 5I6 (-§1-*6, -YY8 blank, 5H1-end). Black letter. 2 woodcut plates only (of 3), woodcut illustrations throughout. Modern half calf. Lacking first volume title and 21 other text leaves, many losses and repairs to edges occasionally affecting text, some softening and holes, side-notes trimmed close and occasionally shaved, a few headlines cropped, vol 2 title laid down, plates with loss.
Provenance: John Hustler [1715-1790], of Undercliffe House, Bradford (typographic labels).
Fourth edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs (as it was later known), and the last to be published in his lifetime. The first English edition was published in 1563. "Acts and Monuments made Foxe England's first literary celebrity.... The renown Foxe won as a martyrologist fuelled, and was fuelled by, his reputation as an extraordinarily popular and influential London minister" (ODNB). STC 11225.