London: Catholic Record Society, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth. Gilt-stamped. vii, 511p. Folding plate facsimiles. Spine is somewhat sunfaded. Corners scuffed. Edges of cover and spine are shelf worn. Cracking within. Pencil and pen marginalia. Otherwise a clean and tight book in good condition. Item #141095
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 fourth volume of the society's publication activity archives a wide variety of documents from the late 16th century through the mid-19th century, including personal memoirs, letters describing the change in Religion in England, letters describing martyrdom, several family notes, and Catholic registers from different places in the UK.