Note Bibliografiche

12mo, 118x72 mm, contemporary full ivory vellum binding with flaps, handwritten title at spine, double blind-stamped rulers at boards, initials "I.E.W.W." and date "1633" blind-stamped and gilted at front board; p. [40], 705, [15]. Chalcographic figured title-page. Xyl. head-pieces and initials. Second Elzevirian edition in Latin of this famous work by John Barclay. Argenis is a historical allegory about the religious conflict in France under Henry III of France and Henry IV of France, and also touches on more contemporary English events, such as the Overbury scandal. The tendency is royalist, anti-aristocratic; it is told from the angle of a king who reduces the landed aristocrats' power in the interest of the "country", the interest of which is identified with that of the king. Originally published in Latin in 1621, the Argenis was translated in English and issued in 1625 in London, G. Purslowe for Henry Seile (First English edition). John Barclay (1582-1621) was a Scottish writer, satirist and neo-Latin poet. The literary effort of his closing years was his best-known work the “Argenis”, a political romance, resembling in certain respects the Arcadia of Philip Sidney, and the Utopia of Thomas More. The book was completed about a fortnight before his death. Provenance: Initials "I.E.W.W." and date "1633" blind-stamped and gilted at front board. Ex libris label glued at first paste-down, dated 1719, with the coat of arms of Johann Martin von Meyenburg (1689-1743), Postmeister in Schaffausen (Switzerland). Ex libris label glued at first fly-leaf verso, with the coat of arms of George Alexis Montandon (1879-1944), French anthropologist of Swiss origins. References: IT\ICCU\UM1E\003687. OCLC, 458619226. Cond.: A fine copy.

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