The Early Kings of Norway: Also An Essay on the Portraits of John Knox

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THE PORTRAITS OF JOHN KNOX.

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THEODORE BEZA, in the beginning of the year 1580, published at Geneva a well-printed, clearly expressed, and on the whole considerate and honest little Volume, in the Latin tongue, purporting to be 'Icones, that is to say, true Portraits, of men illus'trious 'in the Reformation of Religion and Restora'tion of Learning:'1 Volume of perhaps 250 pages, but in fact not numerically paged at all, which is sometimes described as 4to, but is in reality 8vo rather, though expanded by the ample margin into something of a square form. It is dedicated to King James VI. of Scotland; then a small rather watery boy hardly yet fourteen, but the chief Prot-

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Icones, id est Veræ Imagines, Virorum doctrinâ simul et pietate illustrium, quorum præcipue ministerio partim bonarum Literarum studia sunt restituta, partim vera Religio in variis Orbis Christiani regionibus, nostrâ patrumque memoriâ fait instaurata: additis eorundem vitæ & operce descriptionbus, quibus adiectæ sunt nonnullæ picturm quas Emblemata vocant. Theodoro Beza Auctore. -- Genevce. Apud Joannem Laonium. M.D.L.XXX.

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