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The Life of Sir Thomas More Kt. Lord High - MORE, Sir Thomas [Cresacre More] - 1726. 
Printed for James Woodmand and David Lyon, London 1726 - xxxi, , 336,  pp Octavo. full blue morocco, extra gilt, double ruled border on covers with central French fillet panel and large oblique foliate cornerpieces, raised bands, spine compartments densley and beautifully gilt with semicircles formed by stippled rules arching down from the top and up from the bottom, etc., inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, by Rivire. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece of Thomas Moore, woodcut tailpiece at end of text. With circular morocco bookplate of Dudley C. Marjoribanks and with bookplate of H. Harvey Frost. The author of Utopia and one of the major figures of his time, Thomas More (1478-1535) served Henry VIII as chancellor. A friend of Erasmus and a believer in church reform, More disagreed with Henry's severance of ties with the Catholic Church, and was executed for his refusal to acknowlede Henry as Supreme Head of the Church of England. Our preface tells us that Thomas More, the great-grandson of Sir Thomas, was the author this work and that the first edition of it was published within two years fo the author's death. But Lowndes correctly points out that in our edition, as in the first printing of 1631, this work is "assigned to a member of the family of More who could not have been the writer of it". The book is actually the work of Cresacre More (1572-1649), younger brother of Sir Thomas [the younger Sir Thomas]. An arden Catholic, Cresacre dedicated his work to the French queen of Charles I, Marie Henriette. The biography, which includes a number of letters written by More to his family, has always been considered a principal source for More's career. [Lowndes II, 1603 (citing the 1828 edition)]. Pristine internally, very light wear to edges, else fine [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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