7 June 2006
JEWEL, John (1522-71). An Apologie or answere in defence of the Churche of Englande, translated by Ann, Lady Bacon (c.1528-1610). London: Reginald Wolfe, 1564.
8° (153 x 98mm). Printer's device [McKerrow 97] on title, woodcut foliate initial opening text. With blank \kp\KA4 and R7-8. (Title frayed at fore-margin, some marginal staining, first corners dog-eared.) Contemporary unlined vellum (some loss to front cover and flyleaf).
FIRST EDITION TRANSLATED BY ANN, LADY BACON, second edition in English, of the official defence of the newly established Church of England. Jewel defends it against the charge of heresy and sets out its doctrine and practice in opposition to the Church of Rome. First published in Latin for circulation on the continent, the Apologie was made more famous through this English translation by Ann, Lady Bacon. Mother of Sir Francis Bacon and wife of Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lady Bacon was raised with a rigorous humanist education and was recognised as an eminent scholar. This distinguished translation made "her words the voice of the established church" (DNB). It also contains a dedication to Lady Bacon by Matthew Parker, and an additional section on the administration of the church. STC 14591.
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