The Book of Martyrs
Revised with notes and an appendix by the Rev William Bramley-Moore, MA
With illustrations by G H Thomas, John Gilbert, G du Maurier, J D Watson, A B Houghton, W Small, A Pasquier, R Barnes, M E Edwards, T Morten, etc
Engraved by W L Thomas
Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, London & New York; nd ca 1867.
Hardback; 200 x 270 mm; black half leather boards; decorative spine with titles in gold; xiv & 726 pages, all edges marbled. No dust jacket.
The book is in poor condition due to the boards although the binding otherwise is sound. The boards are worn, and the spine is frayed and badly worn along the joints such that the front is only loosely attached with cracking along the gutter of the back endpapers. The pages are tanned with some foxing and marks here and there, including some pencil marks pages 721-726.
“This handsome edition of the famous martyrology will gratify Protestants, if it does not satisfy philosophers. The editor has continued the chronicle quite in the spirit of the original; he has included in the appendix episodes from the Irish rebellions and the dragonnades of Louis XIV…and would seem to hold in the nineteenth century, as his predecessor did in the sixteenth, that the theory of persecution is confined to the Church of Rome, or at least that only pagans, besides papists, have the privilege of conferring on their victims the dignity of martyrdom. But the truth is the book is intended to be looked through, not read. If the editor has not brought modern thought to bear upon the subject, he has availed himself considerably of the assistance of modern art. He has gone to some of the best draughtsmen of the day, and they have furnished him with a profusion of very striking wood engravings….” The Spectator 12 January 1867.