A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty Work, of the best State of a Public Weal, and of the new Isle called Utopia.
Translated into English by Raphe Robinson, A.D. 1551. A new edition; with copious notes, and a biographical and literary introduction by the Rev. T. F. Dibdin.London: William Bulmer, at the Shakespeare Press, for William Miller, 1808 Stock Code: 138538
A desirable edition, attractively printed and boundFirst Dibdin edition of More's Utopia, a very attractive edition by the great bibliophile, which includes a bibliography of the early editions, and uses the text of the first English translation of 1551.
2 volumes, small quarto (172 x 121 mm). Contemporary vellum, twin blue labels lettered in gilt, gilt motifs to compartments, double gilt rule to covers enclosing blind roll, marbled endpapers and edges.
Engraved portrait frontispiece and 11 woodcuts (5 headpieces and 6 to the text).
Ownership signature dated 13 April 1813 to title pages, neat early ink notation to rear free endpapers. Vellum very lightly soiled, front joint of vol. II split at foot, front hinges a little tender, but all holding; contents clean. A very good copy.
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