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Claudius Salmasius

Defensio Regia Pro Carolo I

      ONT> 1652 - A 1652 edition of theRoyalist tractDefensio Regia Pro Carolo I by Claude Saumaise. Bound in quarter leather with gilt lettering. The publication information for this edition is unknown. The text of this work is in Latin. Claude Saumaise, 1588 - 1653, was a French classical scholar. He was born in Burgundy. His father, a counsellor of the parlement of Dijon, sent him, at the age of sixteen, to Paris, where he became intimate with Isaac Casaubon. In 1606, he went to the University of Heidelberg, where he studied under the jurist Denis Godefroy, and devoted himself to the classics, influenced by the librarian Jan Gruter. Here he embraced Protestantism, the religion of his mother. Returning to Burgundy, Salmasius qualified for the succession to his father's post, which he eventually lost on account of his religion. After declining overtures from Oxford, Padua and Bologna, in 1631 he accepted the professorship formerly held by Joseph Scaliger at Leiden. Although the appointment in many ways suited him, he found the climate trying. He became involved in a vicious controversy, over the Greek of the New Testament, with Daniel Heinsius. A flattering invitation from Queen Christina induced him to visit Sweden in 1650 following his polemical Defensio Regis of 1649. Salmasius had enemies there and after gossip circulated, Salmasius withdrew from Sweden in 1651. Throughout his lifetime, Salmasius was a prolific author and textual critic. In 1643 he published De Hellenistica Commentarius, including linguistic theories of Johann Elichmann on the origins of the Greek language. In 1649 appeared the work by which Salmasius is best remembered, his royalist tract Defensio regia pro Carolo I provoked by the execution of Charles I. It does not appear by whose influence he was induced to undertake the Defensio regia, but Charles II defrayed the expense of printing, and presented the author with 100. The first edition was anonymous, but the author was universally known. One of John Milton's first works wasin response to this text. Condition: The binding is tight and firm. There is slight wear to the extremities, including slight bumping. There is an institutional blindstamp to the rear board. Internally the pages have some browning and the occasional spot or handling mark. Very occasionally there are small sections missing from the corners of pages. The front endpapers have been professionally repaired, and the title page has several small marginal chips, and a small closed tear. Page 239 has been repaired. There is an institutional label on the front pastedown. Overall the condition is very good. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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