London … Bristol: Willis and Sotheran ... Lasbury, 1863.
PRINTED ON VELLUM, one of a few copies. Frontispiece of Cotham Tower. 64 pp (16 pages of text, 31 ff. of facsimile). 1 vols. 8vo (18.8 x 12.cm). Contemporary pebbled brown morocco gilt (slightly rubbed), all edges gilt, by Tuckett, Binder to the Queen. Fine. Item #223098
A facsimile on vellum of an extremely rare book (one copy known), from the earliest days of the English reformation. A dramatic dialogue in verse complaining of the oppression of the laity by the Catholic clergy, A proper dyalogue is now attributed (by STC) to the reformist clergyman William Barlow, bishop of Chichester (d. 1568); and although the colophon of the original bears the imprint: "Emprented at Marborow in the land of Hessen by me Hans Luft" the original 1530 edition (cf. STC 1462.5) was printed by Hoochstraten in Antwerp.
The facsimile itself was made "by taking a tracing on transfer paper, placing this on lithographic stones, and then printing it in the usual way ... I believe that not a single incorrect letter will be found therein. A few copies are printed on vellum, and some on old paper. " - Fry, Introduction.
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