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BUCHANAN, George.
Ane Detectioun of the Duinges of Marie Quene of Scottes,
London: printed by John Day, [1571]. London: printed by John Day,, [1571]. When "rude Scotland hes vomited up ane poisoun, must fine England lick it up for a restorative?" Small octavo (143 x 97 mm). Contemporary limp vellum, sides with gilt supralibros of a Tudor rose and the intials A.G. within a gilt frame, lacks ties. Modern folding case by J. F. Newman & Son of Dublin. Complete with final blank, Y4. Early ownership inscription to title; modern collector's bookplate of Howard Knohl. Vellum wrinkled at front fore edge, spine darkened, two small marks to title, a little browning to upper margins of first gathering (perhaps sometime reinserted), short closed tear at foot of M3, paper generally clean and strong, wide outer margins, retaining a few uncut fore edges, very good. First edition thus, highly uncommon, a translation in Scots dialect of Buchanan's De Maria Scotorum Regina, from the Latin edition printed the same year, but including a number of items not included there. It has been described as "the most important" of the early tracts against Mary, Queen of Scots, and "the standard narrative about her descent into criminality" (McElroy). Buchanan's attack on Mary may have been written under political instructions and certainly contains false allegations. In the wake of the rising of the northern earls in late 1569 and Elizabeth's excommunication in 1570, it was printed in both Latin and Scots by John Day, always keen to publish political tracts helpful to the regime, to justify Mary's continued incarceration in England. It is suggested that the translator was the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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