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MORE, Thomas.

L'Utopie de Thomas Morus, Chancelier d'Angleterre;...

Idée ingenieuse pour remedier au malheur des Hommes; & pour leur procurer une félicité complette. Cet Ouvrage contient le plan d'une république dont les Lois, les Usages, & les Coutumes tendent uniquement à faire faire aux Societez Humaines le passage de la Vie dans toute la douceur imaginable. République, qui deviendra infalliblement réelle, des que lès Mortels se conduiront par la Raison. Traduite nouvellement en François Par Mr. Gueudeville, & ornée de tres belles figures.

Availability: In stock

Published: Leiden chez Pierre Vander Aa, 1715

Stock Code: 113046

£700
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition of Nicolas Gueudeville's translation of Utopia, one of the very few copies with a cancel title printed entirely in black, unseen by Gibson. This copy also contains the often removed plate on K4 verso by Bleyswick, which depicts future spouses in a state of undress as they inspect each other before marriage.
Nicolas Gueudeville (1652-1721) was an unfrocked Benedictine monk turned author, journalist, translator, and historian, a precursor of Rousseau's socialist ideas who is sometimes referred to as the "unknown soldier of Enlightenment". A large part of his writing (published anonymously) consists of unbridled criticism of absolute monarchy and Catholicism. Utopia was his second translation, his first having been of the Moriae encomium of Erasmus. According to Gueudeville, More had succeeded in identifying the true causes of human misery: "la Propriété, l'Avarice, l'Ambition, ces trois pestes de la Société Civile, ces trois monstres qui ravagent le Genre Humain, ne se trouvent point en Utopie" (translator's preface, p. **2). More's great satire was first published in Latin in 1516; its first French translation appeared in 1550.

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Description

Duodecimo (160 x 95 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco label, raised bands, decoration to compartments with central flower tool gilt, triple gilt rules to sides, marbled endpapers, all edges red.

Illustrations

Extra engraved title and 16 engraved plates included in the register, woodcut title device, woodcut head- and tailpieces. Bound without the blank leaves 6*12 and 7*4; some misbinding in the final gathering of the text; with two publisher's catalogues boun

Condition

Spine worn at head exposing headband, still an excellent copy.

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