Ecclesiastical Memorials; Relating chiefly to Religion, and the Reformation of it, And the Emergencies of the Church of England, under King Henry VIII, King Edward VI, and Queen Mary the First
John Strype (1643 - 1737) was an English historian and biographer who spent much of the early part of his long life collecting old charters, letters and various documents pertaining to the Tudor and Protestant Reformation periods. Most of these original materials have been preserved and are included among the Lansdowne manuscripts in the British Museum. Strype's works are not really original in nature, his work having mainly been to arrange the materials, but they are of considerable value as convenient reference books. He produced cumbersome but valuable works such as this "Ecclesiastical Memorials" which is a catalogue of letters, speeches, proclamations, records and other important manuscripts relating to the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I.
Publisher: John Wyat
Edition: Large paper issue
Date Published: 1721
Place Published: London
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 3 volumes. Various paginations. Engraved portrait frontispiece. Half leather with raised bands and gold impressing on spine. Hinges loosening. Covers scuffed, worn and bumped. Spines cracked and labels mainly missing. Volume 1 has label on lower spine and paint spill on rear board. Bookplates on front pastedowns. "Thomas Joseph D.D." signature on all title pages. Minor foxing, staining and creasing throughout. Volume 1 has old bookseller's label and some pencil notations on front endpapers. Small tear and creasing of bottom front endpapers. Front hinge repaired with tape. Rear pages in appendix bumped on top. Volumes 2 and 3 have signature for "W. L. Fox" on front endpapers. Volume 2 has thumbprints pages 294 and 333. Rear section has a long dark mark on p. 49 and a rounded bottom corner on page 129. Volume 3's pages more yellowed than other two volumes. Black marks on 286, 401-402, 479 and page 221 of rear catalogue section. A chipped corner at top of page 473. Overall, the set is immensely clear and legible.