Publisher: London: Printed by W. Stansby for Walter Burre, 1610.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Keynes, John Donne, 1; STC 7048; Pforzheimer 298.
Condition: Minor wear to the binding including some rubbing to the joints, a few minor water-stains and occasional foxing, some line borders trimmed by the binder in the upper margin, as usual with this book, still an unusually large, fresh, and attractive copy, enclosed in a custom clamshell box.
Book ID: 25340
Description392 pages, 4to, 18th century half calf and marbled boards, black leather label, gilt rules and lettering. With the two often-missing leaves following the Table of the Chapters, containing the Advertisement to the Reader and the Errata.
CommentsJohn Donne's first book, a polemical treatise on the supremacy of the King, which some Donne scholars have maintained was written specifically at the behest of King James. Donne argues that those Roman Catholics who refuse to submit to the authority of the King have brought punishment on themselves and are therefore not real martyrs but "pseudo-martyrs." As Keynes notes, Pseudo-Martyr was "carelessly printed and contains a large number of misprints." The errata records a long list, at least 18 of which have been corrected in the text of this copy in a contemporary hand. Ink signature of "Sam Foley / 1689" in the upper margin of the title-page; below that is an earlier signature that has been marked through, apparently by Sam Foley, and is not decipherable by ordinary means.