Rare edition of “A cloud of witnesses” with eerie frontispiece
The anonymous “Cloud of witnesses” (St Andrews item TypBE.D14XX) came up recently while working through the Edinburgh section of the Typographical Collection. This is the first edition of this work on Scottish martyrs, and was popular enough to be printed in at least 10 editions before 1800. There are only four known copies of the first edition, according to ESTC, and each are accompanied by this somewhat eerie and amateur frontispiece depicting some of the ways that Scottish martyrs died. The St Andrews copy is wanting the main title page and the binding is in poor condition, but the survival of this engraving is very exciting.