Lucubrationes, ab innumeris mendis repurgatae. Utopiae libri II. Progymnasmata. Epigrammata. Ex Lucinao conversa quaedam. Declamatio Lucianicae respondens. Epistolae. Quibus additae sunt duae aliorum Epistolae, de vita, moribus & morte Mori.

MORE Sir Thomas (1563.)


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Printer's device on title and last leaf, fine full-page woodcut illustration of Utopia on p. 53, ornamental woodcut initials.

8vo (170 x 110mm). [16]ff. 530pp. [23]ff. Contemporary limp vellum with overlapping edges, fine ink lettering along spine "Tomae Mori Opuscula", small paper label at foot numbered "3099', gilt edges (some minor damage at extremities).

Basle: Nicolaus Episcopius (Filius), 

First edition of the collected Latin works of Sir Thomas More, of which the most important is the Utopia illustrated with a full-page woodcut map; a finely preserved copy from the library of Scottish bibliophile, Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun.

Among the letters published here for the first time is the famous one to Martin Dorpius in which More defends Erasmus' translation of the New Testament from the Greek, rather than the accepted Latin, thus clearly siding with the enlightened "new learning". It also contains a letter from Erasmus to Hutten which contains details of More's physical appearance. 

Provenance. Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1653?-1716), with his signature on lower inside cover, possibly also his monogram on title-page? According to Willems this book is listed in the definitive catalogue, Saltoun-papers MS. 17863, on p. 120. Starting in around 1675 Fletcher assembled over 6000 books over a 40 year period. As a true humanist he collected in many areas, he was also an indefatigable traveller and spent half his life abroad and frequented bookshops whenever possible. A library was built for the collection at Saltoun by his descendants in 1769 and there the collection remained until some were sold in the 1940s and the bulk in the 1960s.

Gibson 74. Adams M1752. VD 16 M6302. See P.J.M. Willems, Bibliotheca Fletcheriana, the extraordinary library of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, reconstructed and systematically arranged, (1999).

Stock Code: 225377

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