London: Richard Chiswell, at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1694. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Folio volume now re-bound in 3/4 leather, with marbled centers. Spine lettered and decorated in gilt. (11), xii, (20), 467, 271, (2), pp. Additional endpapers added. Title page in red and black. The pages appear un-trimmed and have wide and clean margins. No additional marginal notations. One page, 204 in the first section, has a few lines underlined in pencil. Contains 6 full page engraved portrait plates. The frontispiece is an image of Cranmer executed by Holbein. The remaining 5 portraits are those of Peter Martyr Vermilius, John A'Lasco, Martin Bucer, Hugh Latimer, and Philip Melancthon. One page in the Appendix section is mis-numbered with page 190 printed as 192. There are some pencil notations on the last original blank page referencing a few passages of the book of apparent interest to this scholar. Previous owner book-plate present, that of The Very Reverend John Lynch (Dean of Canterbury) 1697-1760. Rev. Lynch led a most distinguished life, attaining positions including Royal Chaplain to the King, Dean of Canterbury and Archdeacon of Canterbury. A very compelling provenance indeed. Strype was a very prolific writer with well over a dozen works published. This is his third work, published when he was 46. He lived to be 95. This volume is a remarkably clean, bright and solid example. A lovely book in all respects and an important work of 16th century English historical scholarship. Gillett, vol iv, pp 505-506; Lowndes, p 2534; STC, 6524; and Alibone, pp. 2289-2290.