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T.J. van Braght’s work, 1660, entitled,”The blood-stained painting of the baptism-minded and non-resistant Christians"
This is the first edition of the book most treasured among Amish and Mennonites next to the Bible, it is in Dutch.


The second edition in Dutch, 1685, of the Martyrs’ Mirror, with 104 copper engravings of specific martyrdoms. The artist was Jan Luyken (1649-1712).


The first German version of the Anabaptist martyrs’ chronicles was published in Ephrata, 1748. Johann Peter Mueller (1709-1806), chief aide and successor to Conrad Beissel(1691-1768), bore the brunt of the translation from Dutch to German.


This is the “Freiheits=Brief über die Hollandische Auflage,” which is a protection of the publisher against unlawful copying of the Martyrs’ Mirror. 


“A Collection of the Sufferings of the People called Quakers,” the book states that it “contains a Multitude of Instances of the Trials, Afflictions, and Sufferings, cruel Mockings and Scrourging, Bonds, Imprisonments, and which this religious People underwent...” From 1650 till the Act of Toleration in 1689 under William and Mary.


By Philipp of Limburg, “History of the Inquisition, A.D. 1307 to 1323,” Amsterdam, 1692. Philipp van Limborch (1633-1712), was a Dutch Remonstrant Theologian. Remonstrants followed the teachings of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609), who was critical of some doctrines of Jean Calvin, primarily that of salvation.


This is a martyrology of John Fox(1517-1587), in English, 8th edition, 1641. Woodcuts illustrate various martyrdoms in graphic detail.


Fox’s martyrology was frequently reprinted and edited or translated, to suit the intended readership, and often embellished with numerous engravings.


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