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  • St74cx52z?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Foxe, John, 1516-1587
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: Complete set of woodcut illustrations from the first (1563), second (1570), third (1576), and fourth (1583) English editions of John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments; complete set of woodcut illustrations from the second Latin edition (1559); title page images from the Latin editions (1554 and 1559); and Kalender and almanacs selected from first four English editions. Materials supplied from the collections of The Ohio State University Libraries and Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University; Large three-page composite woodcut, “Table of the Ten First Persecutions of the Primitive Church,” here included by permission from the personal library of John N. King, Distinguished University Professor and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English & of Religious Studies, The Ohio State University. The image-specific metadata incorporates Foxe inventory numbers supplied by Ruth Samson Luborsky and Elizabeth Morley Ingram, A Guide to English Illustrated Books, 1536-1603, 2 vols. (Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1998). Unless otherwise noted, woodcut illustrations appear once in each specified edition and only in designated editions. Woodcuts occur in the database in the order of their first appearance in the Foxe volumes themselves, according to the following progression: 1554, 1559, 1563, 1570, 1576, and 1583. Foxe uses selected woodcuts repeatedly throughout the Book of Martyrs. The database employs a letter/number system to describe these cuts, whereby numbers distinguish the use of woodcuts of similar designs and letters distinguish each use of any given cut across different Foxe editions. The names of martyrs given with these repeated cuts are transcribed verbatim from respective Foxe volumes. Square brackets indicate expanded abbreviations or other supplied text. When modernized versions of literatum transcriptions are not given, the modern use of “u/v” and “i/j” is maintained. Mark Rankin would like to thank Christopher Bungard, Richard Firth Green, Leslie Lockett, Christopher Manion, Katie Rankin, and Rocki Wentzel for assistance with translation. Thanks also go to Marti Alt, Wesley Boomgaarden, Harry Campbell, Valerie Hotchkiss, John N. King, Ben McCorkle, and Betsy Walsh, as well as the staff of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of The Ohio State University and the staff of Special Collections, Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University. A Bridwell Library Visiting Scholar’s Fellowship facilitated the completion of the work.
  • Vd66w578j?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Foxe, John, 1516-1587
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: Complete set of images (mostly engravings) from the ninth (1684) edition of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments of Matters most Special and Memorable, Happening in the Church (“Book of Martyrs”), including the title page images of the three volume set, the “Kalender” of martyrdoms, the title page for an added section in volume 3: "A Continuation of the Histories of Forreign Martyrs," and the Table (index). Materials supplied from the collections of The Ohio State University Libraries and Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University. Inventory numbers supplied by Ruth Samson Luborsky and Elizabeth Morley Ingram, A Guide to English Illustrated Books, 1536-1603, 2 vols. (Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1998), are used to compare the images in this 1684 collection with the woodcuts in the early English editions (see ATLA’s CDRI collection “Woodcut Illustrations from the First Four English Editions of John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments”). Square brackets indicate expanded abbreviations or other supplied text. When modernized versions of literatum transcriptions are not given, the modern use of “u/v” and “i/j” is maintained.
  • Pg15bm49b?file=thumbnail
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: Leading a prison Bible study, Smith sits on a stool and places his right hand on an open Bible. A man behind Smith folds his hands in prayer, while Smith instructs four others who share the cell with him. Among his audience, one holds an open Bible and one carries a Bible in his left hand. A fifth man leans his head on his hand. Mirror-reversed xylographic type identifies four of the individuals in this image: "R. Smith."; "I. Newman." ["J. Newman"]; "Simson."; and "Tankerf. G." ["George Tankerf[ield]."]. The carver of this woodblock worked directly from the layout of his model rather than in mirror image, which has resulted in the mirror reversal of the finished illustration. Martyrological verse, written in a clean, early modern italic hand, appears below the woodcut in the OSU copy of the 1563 edition (pictured here). This woodcut appears in the first through fourth editions (1563, 1570, 1576, and 1583). Luborsky and Ingram 11222/35, 11223/76. JPEG file (1.44 MB).
  • Pz50h323n?file=thumbnail
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: Foxe replaces the traditional Saints' calendar with this iconoclastic calendar, which celebrates the deaths of Protestant and proto-Protestant martyrs. He includes columns for the year and day of each martyr's death. The calendar is printed in red and black ink and appears only in the first (1563) and fourth (1583) editions. No Luborsky and Ingram #. JPEG file (1.38 MB).
  • W3763d59b?file=thumbnail
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: Foxe lists the names and death dates of Protestant and proto-Protestant martyrs for the months of January and February. JPEG file (1.14 MB).
  • 6m311v937?file=thumbnail
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: Foxe lists the names and death dates of Protestant and proto-Protestant martyrs for the months of March and April. JPEG file (1.28 MB).
  • 9s161c89p?file=thumbnail
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: Foxe lists the names and death dates of Protestant and proto-Protestant martyrs for the months of May and June. JPEG file (1.04 MB).
  • H989r986f?file=thumbnail
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: Foxe lists the names and death dates of Protestant and proto-Protestant martyrs for the months of November and December. JPEG file (1.17 MB).
  • X346db38f?file=thumbnail
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: The cartouche surrounding these crowned Arms contains the motto of the Order of the Garter and English Arms, "Honi soit qui mal y pence" ["Shame to him who thinks evil of it"]. "Vivat Re[gina]." ["Long live the queen"] in flag above; "E.R." ["Elizabetha Regina" / "Elizabeth, queen"] flanking beside; "I.D." ["John Day"] on the shields on the pillars. This woodcut underwent modification for use in publications during the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. The woodcut appears in certain copies of the second edition (1570) of the Book of Martyrs. No Luborsky and Ingram #. JPEG file (4.11 MB).
  • 5138jn04f?file=thumbnail
    Contributing Institution: Southern Methodist University Bridwell Library and Ohio State University Libraries
    Description: In this printing device owned by Foxe's publisher, John Day, a richly dressed man speaks to another man and gestures downward with his right hand toward a skeleton. The skeleton lies on top of a casket, which is located outdoors before a city and harbor. The man speaks a subordinate clause ("Et si mors, indies accelerat), and the skeleton supplies a main clause (Post funera virtus vivet tamen"). ["Although death hastens on from day to day, after burial virtue nevertheless will live on."] The sun shines through clouds above, and a tree grows out from the skeleton. Day uses this image in other publications, but it appears only once among the first four editions of the Book of Martyrs, on the final page of the index in the first edition (1563). No Luborsky and Ingram #. JPEG file (2.45 MB).