Bale, John (1495-1563) The First Two Partes of the Actes or Unchast Examples of the Englysh Votaryes. London: [Part I] Imprynted by Abraham Vele, dwellying in Paules Churcheyarde at the synge of the lambe; [Part II] by [S. Mierdman for] for Johan Bale, 1551. Small octavo, two parts in one volume, the first part was originally published in 1546, this is the first appearance of the second part; woodcut on title showing Bale presenting his book to Edward VI (re-used in second part), text in black letter; some toning to first title, small water stains, otherwise good; ex libris book collector and diamond merchant Albert Ehrman's (1890-1969) Broxbourne Library, with his diamond-shaped "Pro viribus summis contendo ex libris" bookplate with slogan and initials pasted on ffep, and rubber stamp with initials inside the back board; ex libris Charles Palmer, with his bookplate inside front board; bound in later half leather and marbled paper boards, hinges weak, 6 x 3 5/8 in.
Bale was known for his harsh criticism of the Catholic church. As a former monk who resigned from his order and married, he denounced clerical celibacy and chastity, and other Catholic beliefs that he considered more superstition than religion. He composed this work while in exile.
*4, A-K8 (K8 blank & present); A-P8, Q4.
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