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Foxe's Book of Martyrs and Early Modern Print Culture

ISBN-10: 0521863813

ISBN-13: 9780521863810

Edition: 2006

Authors: John N. King

List price: $159.00
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Second only to the Bible, John Foxe's Acts and Monuments, known as the Book of Martyrs, was the most influential book published in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The most complex and best illustrated English book of its time, it recounted in detail the experiences of hundreds of people who were burnt alive for their religious beliefs. John N. King offers the most comprehensive investigation yet of the compilation, printing, publication, illustration, and reception of the Book of Martyrs. He charts its reception across different editions by learned and unlearned, sympathetic and antagonistic readers. The many illustrations included here, most of which are reproduced for the first time, introduce readers to the visual features of early printed books and general printing practices both in England and continental Europe, and enhance this important contribution to early modern literary studies, cultural and religious history, and the history of the book.
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Book details

List price: $159.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/12/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 370
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Note on texts
Introduction
The compilation of the book
"John Foxe, author"
A network of collaborators
Models for the book
Manuscript witnesses
Editing and glossing: from manuscript to print
The Book of Martyrs in the printing house
John Foxe and the printing trade
John Day, master printer of the English Reformation
The Books of Martyrs
First edition (1563)
Second edition (1570)
Third edition (1576)
Fourth edition (1583)
Bright's Abridgment (1589)
Fifth and sixth editions (1596-97 and 1610)
Abridgments by Cotton, Mason, and Taylor (1613-16)
Seventh edition (1631-32)
Eighth edition (1641) and mid-seventeenth-century selections
Ninth edition (1684)
Viewing the pictures
John Day and the illustration of books
The pattern of illustration
Hearing words
Image and text
Responses of viewers
Reading the pages
Addresses to readers
Calendars of saints
Book owners and libraries
Responses of readers
Glossary of printing terms of the hand-press era
Select bibliography
Index