Actiones et Monimenta Martyrum, eorum qui a Wicleffo et Husso ad nostram hanc aetatem in Germania, Gallia, Britannia, Flandria, Italia & ipsa demùm Hispania, veritiatem Evangelicam sanguine suo constanter obsignaverunt.
Genevae, Joannes Crispinus, 1560. 4to. W. woodc. printer's mark of Crespin on the printed title. [An anchor & a snake, held by 2 hands appearing from clouds. Below the anchor sea creatures (See Gilmont, Bibl. vol. II, ill. at page 150).]. Recent hlf. clf., over marbled brds., spine w. single gilt rules, w. red title shield, gilt. [a8,b8,y2, 2y4, A4, B-V8, X4, Y-Z8; 2A-2R8, 2S7 (2S8 missing)]. (16, 2, 4 lvs.; 321 [of 322] lvs.). (XLIV, 642 pp.). (All edges red.). (A few quires some light even browning.; Extensive 17th c. manuscript annotations and underlinings in ink throughout probably by Andreas Crusius [Andreas van der Cruyce (Crusius, Cruysen, Kruissen), whose name in ink is (twice) to be found on the printed title, dated in ink 1663 [which is the year he died].). Bibl. Belg. I, pp. 986 - 987: Gilmont, Bibliogr. J. Crespin, nr. 60/5, versions a1 and b3: Following the first 18 lvs. of prelims we find in our copy 4 lvs. [version b3] containing Elenchus and Admonitio from the bèta issue of this edition, thus giving the 'Admonitio' twice, be it in different versions.: Pijper, Martelaarsboeken (Nijhoff, 1924), pp. 5 - 33, Ch. 1 'Het oudste Fransche martelaarsboek, of dat van Jean Crespin'. After many trials and tribulations Crespin travelled to Geneva in the company of Theodore de Bèze, with whom he intended to start a printing press for reformatory publications. Beza became professor at Lausanne. Crespin soon published the works of Calvin and others. The first edition of Crespin's martyrology appeared in French in 1554 [at least 5 variants recorded], 8vo in 687 pp. Somewhat extended is the Latin edition 1560, known in at least 3 variants. It contains two extensive poems by Ioannes Tagautius, one an ode to the city of Hieropolis [=Geneva], the second one, 'Votum deo optimo max Servatori consecratum', is dedicated to those who have already given their lives in preaching the reformation and to those firm believers who, without hesitation or doubt, are willing to go the same path.: Oberman, H.T., 'De betrouwbaarheid der Martelaarsboeken van Crespin en Van Haemstede', (Ned. archief v. Kerkgesch., vol. IV, pp. 74 - 110: NNBW vol. 9, p. 185 on Andreas van der Cruyce, born Amsterdam 1610? - died there April 1663, age 53. Priest from a well to do family, joined the Societas Jesu for a short time, but returned to his original vocation. Clergyman initially in Amsterdam, later in Haarlem, buried in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam: Brunet vol. I, p. 44: Jean Crespin, author and printer, 1520 - 1572, was originally a lawyer from Arras in the North of France. He settled in Geneva in 1548, being of protestant background. Here he becomes the printer who would spread the ideas of the reformation by means of books. Crespin published many editions of Luther and Calvin. His greatest succes as an author comes with his martyrology ('Livre des Martyrs', 1554). It went through many editions. We offer a very good copy of the .. edition, a sympathetically bound copy, printed in a wonderful italic type, with an interesting association to Andreas Crucius, or Van der Cruysen, whose signature in ink is on the printed title (twice). Dated 1663, this book was studied by Crucius and extensively annotated and underlined in what were the last few months of his life. The final leaf [unsigned 322] w. a note by Crespin on recto is not present in this copy.
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