London: Burns & Oates, 1954. First edition thus. 12 mo., original red cloth, original dust jacket. A fine book in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Item #280
'THE WHITE-ROBED ARMY OF MARTYRS DO PRAISE THEE" Fine mid-century Burns & Oates edition of Mother Magdalen Taylor's enduring depiction of the English Catholics martyred at Tyborne. For centuries, Tyborne (or Tyburn) was a site of capital punishment on the outskirts of London. Frances Taylor left the Church of England to convert to Catholicism in 1855. She founded the Poor Servants of the Mother of God in 1872, shortly after she took her final vows as Sister Mary Magdalen. Tyborne was first published anonymously in 1859 and has merited several new editions over the past 150 years. With a new Preface to the 1954 Edition by the Rt. Rev. Mgr. Charles H. Duchemin (dated "23 November, 1953"), with Duchemin's declaration that "the late Father Philip Fletcher of the Guild of Ransom called Tyborne the 'Pioneer work' on the English Martyrs, and Cardinal Logue confessed that he could not lay down the story until the end."