UTOPIA

The Common-wealth 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 Utopia …

London, Printed by B. Alsop & T. Fawcet, and are to be sold by Wil: Sheares … 1639.

12mo., pp. [4], 288, 279-305, [1], with the additional engraved title-page by William Marshall cut down, mounted, and inserted; small section of lower corner of title-page torn away (touching the border of printer’s tools), sporadic wormtracks in margins, touching the odd letter only, paper flaw in O3; withal a good copy in eighteenth-century sprinkled calf, rebacked, manuscript biographical notes from Rapin at the front and an index at the rear; ownership inscriptions of the bibliographer and librarian Edward Gordon Duff.

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Fifth edition of More’s Utopia in English, translated by Ralph Robinson – the last edition of his translation, first published in 1551, and revised in 1556. Alsop printed a corrected edition in 1624, with a dedication to More’s grandson, Cresacre More, which is reprinted here.

There appear to be a number of issues. In the present pp. 299-302 are correctly numbered.

STC 18098; Gibson 29; Pforzheimer 741.

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