Barcelona: a costa de Hieronymo Genoues, y Iayme Cendrad, . First Barcelona edition. In contemporary limp vellum, the title lettered on the spine in ink. ff.  209  (many misnumbered). Provenance: D.S. Eulalia (ink-stamp on title page). Laces missing. Shelfmarks on front pastedown in ink and pencil. Title page chipped. Paper tanned, water-stained throughout, 2 leaves (X2; X3) with closed tear at the upper edge. Otherwise in very good condition.
Scarce Barcelona edition, within the same year as the first Madrid edition, of Ribadeneyra’s influential account of Henry VIII’s break with Rome. Pedro de Ribadeneyra’s (1527–1611) polemical account of the English Reformation, discusses the roles of its key players, the Henry VIII of England, Anne Boleyn, the Princesses Mary, and Elizabeth, up to and including the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. Partly based upon first-hand observations gained during Ribadeneyra's residences in England in 1558–1559. Historia was first published in Madrid in 1588, and was immediately a success, seeing another Madrid edition and printings at Valencia, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Lisbon, and Antwerp within the same year (Weinreich, 2016). Scarce, USTC (337766) lists only 7 institutional copies. Literature: Weinreich, S. (2016). The Distinctiveness of the Society of Jesus’s Mission in Pedro de Ribadeneyra’s Historia ecclesiastica del schisma del reyno de Inglaterra (1588). In Maryks R. (Ed.), Exploring Jesuit Distinctiveness: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ways of Proceeding within the Society of Jesus (pp. 175–188). Leiden; Bostin: Brill. Retrieved June 24, 2021, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1163/j.ctt1w76ttq.14.