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MORE, Thomas (1478-1535)-- Von der vorurteilung und Tode etwan des Grossen Cantzlers von Engeland, Herr Thome Mori…. [Erfurt: Matthes Maler? 1535.]
MORE, Thomas (1478-1535)-- Von der vorurteilung und Tode etwan des Grossen Cantzlers von Engeland, Herr Thome Mori…. [Erfurt: Matthes Maler? 1535.]

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MORE, Thomas (1478-1535)-- Von der vorurteilung und Tode etwan des Grossen Cantzlers von Engeland, Herr Thome Mori…. [Erfurt: Matthes Maler? 1535.]

A very rare contemporary printed description of the execution of Thomas More, with rare woodcut portrait of Henry VIII. Written by an anonymous apparent eyewitness, this is a translation from the Paris newsletter report which appeared on 4 August 1535. The full title translates as: “Of the Condemnation and Death of the Great Chancellor of England, Sir Thomas More, since he had refused to follow and support the same Kingdom’s counsel and new law. Not unworthy to be read by everyone for the man’s outstanding courage and constancy.” This German version is remarkably humanist, describing More as a paragon of constancy rather than specifically a martyr (Gregory Salvation at Stake 1999, pp.262-264). It includes a description of More’s daughter Margaret clinging to her father as he is led to the Tower. We trace no copies of this title or any other printed version of the Paris newsletter account in the auction records.

Quarto (181 x 140mm). 8pp. Woodcut on title-page depicting Henry VIII with orb and scepter (leaves re-hinged, some soiling and staining, small hole in last leaf affecting one letter). Recent boards.

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