"A Work Calculated to Promote the Protestant Religion By Giving a Pious and Christian Turn to the Mind": The Vicar of Oakley's Improved Edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs embellished with copious illustrations
The New and Complete Book of Martyrs, or, An Universal History of Martyrdom: Being Fox’s Book of Martyrs.
Foxe, John. [Wright, Paul].$2,200.00
Item Number: 54022
London: Printed for Alex Hogg, 1784.
Folio, bound in full brown calf, gilt title and tooling to the spine, front and rear panel, raised bands. Engraved frontispiece, copiously illustrated with engravings throughout. In very good condition with some spotting.
English historian and Reverend John Foxe compiled multiple volumes documenting Christian martyrology and persecutions from the earliest ages of the church to the late 16th century, most notably his Universal History of Martyrdom. His extensive history was revised and with additions and corrections by multiple authors, including Paul Wright, the Vicar of Oakley under the reign of Queen Mary the first who also authored a Complete British Family Bible and Complete Life of Jesus Christ. With the intention of promoting the Protestant religion, Foxe's martyrology includes accounts of the lives and persecutions of the Macabees by the Greeks, the Hebrews by the Egyptians, the Israelites by the Phillistines, Jesus Christ and his Apostles, and the Protestants in England, Scotland and Ireland.