A ‘White Glove’ Auction - Books from the Ecclesiastical Collection of Joseph Mendham A selection of 339 ecclesiastical books from the collection of clergyman and controversialist Joseph Mendham sold on Thursday 20th March through Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions. A ‘white glove’ auctio
A Most True Relation of The Attachment, Life, Death, and Confession of Will (1641) is a fascinating historical commentary, written and released by the Roman Catholic Church. It is a true description of the birth, education, life and death of Walter, Alias Walker, Ward or Slater, a Priest and Jesuite who was born in cumberland and ‘hang'd drawne and quartered at Tyburn’ on the 26th July 1641. He was killed for ‘not obeying the lawes of this our Kingdome, by returning againe after banishment, and seducing the Kings subjects.’ His confession was taken at his place of execution. Only three copies of this extremely scarce book are known to exist and it sold for £1,364. [Lot 244]
On a similar theme, The Examination of the constante Martir of Christ (1559) is a true report byclergyman and protestant martyr, John Phillpots, who was condemned for heresy on the16th December 1555. He was examined thirteen times between 2 October and 5 December 1555 by the Bishop of London, Eduard Bonner, better know as Bloody Bonner for his persecution of heritics under the Catholic government of Mary I. During the time he was encasereated and examined he recorded his experiences, and they were susequently smuggled out of the prison before he was burnt to death on the 18th December 1555. This copy of the book was sold for £3,224. [Lot 274]
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