London: Catholic Record Society, 1906. First Edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth. Gilt-stamped. vi, 385p. Folding plate facsimiles. Spine is somewhat sunfaded. Corners bumped. Edges of cover and spine are shelf worn. Some cracking within. Otherwise a clean and tight book in good condition. Item #141094
The Catholic Record Society (Registered Charity No. 313529), "the premier Catholic historical society in the United Kingdom", founded in 1904, is a scholarly society devoted to the study of Reformation and post-Reformation Catholicism in England and Wales. Particularly active members in its early years were Joseph Gillow, J. H. Pollen, and Joseph S. Hansom. The society was initially established as a text publication society, with the aim of publishing Catholic historical records. Only later did it become a more general historical society. It has been credited with making much otherwise obscure archival material more readily available.
This third volume of the society's publication activity archives a wide variety of documents from the late 16th century through the early 19th century, including prison rolls, letters describing the change in Religion in England, letters describing martyrdom, and several family notes.