A rare mid 1600s Netherlands -
Nederlands - Dutch Illustrated overview of the Christian Martyrs
from the Apostles and Evangelists through the Reformation,
illustrated with many rather gruesome illustrations.
"Historien der Vromer Martelaren,
die om het getuigenisse der Evangelische Waerheydt haer bloedt
gestort hebben, van de tijden Chrifti onzes Salighmaeckers af tot
den jare fefthien hondert vijf-en-vijftigh toe ... tot Dordrecht by
Overall in quite well preserved
condition. Very nice example of this scarce Dutch examination of the
History of the Martyrs, written by Adriaen Cornelis van Haemstede. A
later edition of the most popular Dutch martyrology, first published
in 1559. One of the most attractive editions due to the dozens upon
dozens of fine plates by the famous Savry-family, this piece is
highly revered and thus, quite valuable and rarely seen for sale. A
valuable history of the lives and death of those who died because of
and for their reformed faith, based on sources such as
interrogations, letters and confessions of faith, with fantastic and
Bound in three quarter leather with cloth covered boards, with a
small area of cloth at rear spine lacking. Some edgewear, nothing
major. Bound with reinforced marbled endpapers, slightly shaken.
Front and rear hinges and joints split, yet still held nicely by the
cords and endpapers. Frontis vignette (chipped edge) and title page
and a few others are nicely connected with stubs. Few loose pages in
the front. 150+ GRUESOME ENGRAVINGS. Measures 12" tall x 8" wide x
4" thick; complete with 532 pages of text and an extensive index.
This is quite a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed.