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26.02.15. Amongst the books at the Adam Partridge sale on March 5th is lot 921: Taylor, John; The Booke of Martyrs, published London J H(aviland) for J.Hammond, 1627. In contemporary leather dos-a-dos binding, the front bearing an impressed illustration of a martyr on a burning pyre, surrounded by the words 'REPENT O ENGLAND O ENGLAND REPENT', the back bearing impressed illustration of a pelican feeding its young with angel head spandrels. Miniature, smaller than 64o in 16s, at 1 5/8'' high by 1 1/4'' wide by 7/8'' thick. Both spines have four raised bands. All sheets of main text and epistle have catchwords intact. An abridgement of Foxe's ''The Acts and Monuments of the Christian Church'', commonly known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs. A very rare book, only one other of this third edition in this size is known to exit in a private collection. The diminutive size has contributed to the scarcity of copies by making them affordable but vulnerable to wear and tear. Estimate: £3000 - £5000  Add a comment

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