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The Cult of Sir Thomas More - Comfort for English Catholics in Exile - Printed by John Fowler at his Antwerp Press

More, Sir Thomas (1478-1535)
A Dialogue of Cumfort against Tribulation, made by the Vertuous, Wise and Learned man, Sir Thomas More, sometime L. Chanceller of England, which he wrote in the Tower of London, An. 1534. and entituled thus: A Dialogue of Cumfort against Tribulation, made by an Hungarian in Latin, and translated out of Latin into French, & out of French into English. Now newly set foorth, with many places restored and corrected by conference of sundrie Copies.

Antwerp: apud Iohannem Foulerum [John Fowler], 1573


More wrote "A Dialogue of Comfort in Tribulation" in 1534/35, while imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting execution. More’s imprisonment lasted a little over a year, from April 17, 1534 until his execution on July 6, 1535.

This edition was edited and published by John Fowler (1537-1579), the most important English Catholic publisher of the 1560s and 1570s. Fowler left England soon after Elizabeth I’s accession, and set up a printing press first in Louvain, then in Antwerp.


STC 18083. Gibson, More, 52. Allison & Rogers, Contemporary Printed Literature of the English Counter-Reformation, II, 553.

Death: The End of All Earthly Things

Sachs, Hans (1494-1576)
Der Todt ein Endt, aller yrdischen ding.

N├╝rnberg, Georg Merckel, around 1554

Quarto: [24] pp.


A humorous poem by the "Meistersinger" Hans Sachs in which a man dreams that Death, in the form of a skeleton, has come to take him. Frightened and too weak to resist, the man calls upon some helpers: Youth, Beauty, Health, Strength, Bravery, Skill, Medicine, and Wealth. But these fail him. The virtues (Nobility, Honor, etc.) all spurn him; the vices (Audacity, Lust, Violence, Anger, Indolence, etc.


VD16, S-560; Weller 205(2); Keller/Goetze Enr. 190a

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