Britannia Rediviva.Oxford, A. & L. Lichfield, 1660 Stock Code: 126794
NotesFirst edition of this collection of verses by Oxford men celebrating the restoration of Charles II to the throne, written in Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, French and English. Oxford, Charles I's capital during the Civil War, had remained a bastion of royalism, and by all accounts the University welcomed the Stuarts' return.
The collection sees the first appearance in print of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, then a 13-year old student at Wadham, and the second appearance in print by John Locke. Edward Pococke, the notable orientalist and first holder of Oxford Chair of Arabic, contributes both an Arabic and a Hebrew poem.
Small quarto (180 x 141 mm). 20th-century red half morocco, spine lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Woodcut insignia of Oxford University and Charles II.
Contemporary price notation on title page (1s. 4d), two contemporary ink corrections to M2v. Closely cropped at times never affecting text, a few insignificant blemishes, tiny hole to 2E grazing a couple of letters. An excellent, clean copy.
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