1659 Rare Illustrated Dutch Book of Martyrs - Historien der Vromer Martelaren - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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1659 Rare Illustrated Dutch Book of Martyrs - Historien der Vromer Martelaren
12" tall x 8" wide x 4" thick
Publisher: Jacobus Savry, Dordrecht
WELL PRESERVED - GOOD to VERY GOOD condition

Price: $795.00

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 Jacobus Savry"
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 gruesome engravings.
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.
 
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