A relation of the death of the primitive persecutors. English'd by Gilbert Burnet. To which he hath made a large preface concerning persecution
Amsterdam: Printed for J. S. [John Starkey], 1687. 12mo (143 x 82 mm). 167 pages. Modern calf antique, spine gilt. A few dampstains and minor foxing. Item #404306
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of this treatise of persecution by Lactantius, often referred to as the "Christian Cicero." This is apparently also the first appearance of any of Lactantius' works in English. In this issue, line 9 of title has "English’d" and the "A" of signature A2 is under the "ct" of "conjectures".
The translator of De mortibus persecutorum was the noted British historian and prelate, Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), who wrote several influential histories of Great Britain. To this edition he has added a 52-page prefatory treatise of persecution. ESTC R11018; Wing L142.