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More, Thomas:
THE COMMON - VVEALTH OF UTOPIA: CONTAINING A LEARNED AND PLEASANT DISCOURSE OF THE BEST STATE OF A PUBLIKE WEALE, AS IT IS FOUND IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NEW ILE CALLED VTOPIA
London: Printed by B. Alsop & T. Fawcet, and are to be sold by Wil:Sheares ... 1639.. [6],288,279-305,[1]pp. 12mo. Elegantly bound in full olive green crushed levant, raised bands, elaborately gilt with triple vertical columns of leaves and flowers surrounded by a dense field of gilt small circles, with title, date and author in gilt, inset within blind and gilt borders on each board, and with each spine compartment similarly embellished with gilt small circles and blindstamped floral devices, a.e.g., by Riviere and Son. Engraved pictorial extra title. Modest soiling at lower fore-corners of engraved title and title, intermittent light tidemark to lower forequarters of some leaves in gatherings E through J,and toward end, half small finger- tip size smudge in lower margins of same leaves, but a very good copy in a handsome exhibition binding. The scarce fifth edition of Ralph Robinson's translation into English of More's masterwork. The engraved title was executed by William Marshall, and the errors in pagination vary between copies, and include misnumberings of several individual pages. Robinson's translation was first published in 1551, and although Gilbert Burnet's new translation (1684) is in many ways its superior, it has been frequently used as the English text even into the 20th century. Dibdin frowned on the careless production evidenced in this edition, but nonetheless utilized it for his own reprint. The binding is first quality, and a note on the front pastedown records: "This binding was designed by Thomas Chatto & executed by Messrs. Riviere," b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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