Literæ Pseudo-Senàtûs Anglicani, Cromwellii, reliquorumque Perduellium nominee ac jussu conscriptæ a Joanne Miltono. 

[Amsterdam,] Impressæ [by Pieter and Willem Blaeu, probably for Moses Pitt], Anno 1676. 

12mo, pp. [4], 234, [6 (blanks)]; a very good copy in contemporary panelled calf, spine gilt, front joint neatly strengthened; eighteenth-century (?) ownership inscription of G. Meredith (Trinity College Cambridge) to title, small armorial bookplate of T.E. Watson to upper pastedown, booklabel of J.O. Edwards.

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First edition, device of fruit on the title-page (distinguishing it from the second edition, probably Brussels, which has a grotesque face and corrects some misprints). 

Milton was appointed Secretary for the Foreign Tongues to the new Council of State on 15 March 1649, a post he held until the Restoration.  As such it was one of his tasks to translate into Latin letters of state addressed to foreign powers.  ‘He was justly proud of his translations; that is why he kept copies of most of them’ (Parker, p. 954), and it was from his own copies, apparently obtained by purchase by the London bookseller Moses Pitt, that this posthumous collection was published. 

Wing M 2128; Coleridge 29. 

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