Okay a phenomenal volume for a host of reasons; first, it is still housed in its really lovely 17th century vellum binding, all edges gilt, and elaborately gauffered foredges; second, the present work was issued by a disciple of John Calvin and Theodore Beza, having studied under them at Geneva is an absolutely biting piece of pro-reformation, anti-Catholic satire in the model of the pope-jester medals, etc.; third, it is quite rare on the market [a copy of his Van Marnix' Cathecism is for sale elsewhere for over $5,000.00; and finally, it's just a great read!
Van Marnix, Philip [1540-1598]. The Beehive of the Romish church; A Work of all Good Catholikes to be Read, and Most Necessary to be Understood. Wherein the Catholike Religion is Substantially Confirmed, and the Heretikes Finally Fetcht Over the Coales. London. Mary Dawson. 1636 [After the Editions of 1569 & 1580]. 728pp.
Original vellum as shown; front hinge split and then relaid. stain to front board. Still very attractive and sound. attractive personal bookplate on pastedown, period signature of Thomas Crowley Bowdy [?] and an earlier price of $1,200.00.
Lacks title and the two woodcuts before the epistle, textually complete. Some light staining at first few leaves and last few.