This the only complete eight volume edition of Foxe's classic work in print, of which we are aware!A very rare set, now back in print after more than 150 years!
"No book ever inflicted a wound so deep and incurable on the Romish system of superstition and bloody persecution... (it) was placed in... all churches and chapels throughout the kingdom, by order of Queen Elizabeth." (Smith, Select Memoirs [$US19.99 P; $US29.00 HP], p. 245).
The complete eight volume edition contains much information not found in any of the liberally edited and severely shortened versions of this classic work which are in print today -- in fact, most of the modern editions have left out over 6000 pages. Covering martyrs from the early church through to Foxe's day, it was one of the most influential books of the sixteenth century!
The testimony of the martyrs was extraordinary. Their impact was greatly increased through the industrious writing of John Foxe... Never before had such a work on such a scale appeared in English, certainly never at such a moment... Along with the Bible, Foxe's Book of Martyrs became a family book in many homes. Foxe's Acts and Monuments (the formal title of his extensive chronicle on the martyrs) was the principal practical means of turning England to Protestantism (Who are the Puritans?, pp. 35-36).
Broadening the scope of this testimony, the British Academy also notes,
+ McFEETERS, J.C. Sketches of the Covenanters (1913)
Stirring accounts of sacrifice and martyrdom for the Reformed Faith that will bring tears to eyes of all but the most backslidden. These accounts of men, women and children who were willing to die for the truth of Christ's Kingship over all things are as amazing and edifying as any you will ever read!
+ HOWIE, JOHN Biographia Scoticana: or, A Brief Historical Account of the Lives, Characters, and Memorable Transactions of the Most Eminent Scots Worthies (Second edition, corrected and enlarged, 1781)
Most commonly known as "Scots Worthies," this edition contains Howie's footnotes (defending the Covenanters) and Howie's appendix titled "The Judgment and Justice of God" (which chronicles God's judgments upon Reformation apostates and those who persecuted the Covenanters). It is the only edition in print which contains both these sections intended for publication by the author (as later editors often removed either one or both of these parts of this book).
Howie's book has been for upwards of a century a household word, occupying a place on the shelf beside the Bible and the Pilgrim's Progress."