BUTLER, Rev. Alban. The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and other principal Saints

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Compiled from Original Muniments and Other Authentic Records. Edited by the Rev. F. C. Husenbeth. Two volumes. London: Henry. Dublin: 17 Summerhill, [1857-1860]. Royal octavo. Bound by J. Collins, Binder, 32 Temple Bar, Dublin, [engraved label on front pastedowns], in contemporary full purple morocco, covers framed with a wide gilt floral border of Shamrocks, roses and thistles, enclosing a blind acanthus panel. Spine divided into five panels by four thick raised bands, title and volume number in gilt direct in the second and fourth, the remainder tooled in gilt to a floral centre-and-corner design; board edges and turn-ins gilt; patterned splash-marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Sold as a binding. A rare binding from this firm.

Alban Butler (1710-1773) English Roman Catholic priest and hagiographer was born at Appletree, Northamptonshire, England. He shares with the venerable Bishop Challoner the reputation of being one of the two most prominent Catholic students during the first half of the dreary eighteenth century, when the prospects of English Catholics were at their lowest. Butler’s great work, ‘The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints’ (‘Butler's Lives’), the result of thirty years study, was first published in four volumes in London, 1756-1759.

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