Contemporary full calf, rebacked to style. Boards elaborately tooled in blind. Boards a bit rubbed, and head of spine with some chipping. Some minor spots and toning throughout. Occasional early marginal manuscript notes. Leafe CCiii with corner torn away, only affecting page number. Leaf BBv with corner lacking, barely affecting marginal notes. Leaf GGv (index) with 3-inch closed tear , no loss of text. Leaf MMiii, with corner lacking, not affecting text. Overall a very good good copy.
“The Epistle or Preface to the Christian Reader” (A2-A3) contains Foxe’s celebrated praise of the invention of printing: “As we haue great cause to geeue thankes to the high prouidence of almighty God, for the excellent arte of Printing, most happely of late found out, and now commonly practised euery where, to the singular benefite of Christes Church... I suppose this science of Printing first to be set vp and sent of God to mans vse, not so much for temporall commoditie to be taken, or mans glory to be sought thereby, but rather for the spirituall and inwarde supportation of soulehealth, helpe of Religion, restoring of true doctrine, repayring of Christes Church, and repressing of corrupt abuses.”
"Tyndale's story as an especially significant protestant martyr was developed by Foxe...Foxe had also introduced John Day's 1573 volume of The Whole Works of Tyndale, Frith, and Barnes; they were not popularly published again until the Parker Society series of the mid-nineteenth century." (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
McAlpin Collection I, p. 70. STC 24436.
HBS # 67800 $35,000