Utrecht: Apud Petrum Elzivirium, 1668. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo. (8),750,(38)pp.; (68)pp for "Dialogus". Extra-illustrated. Contemporary scalf, rebooked with original spine preserved. Title in red and black; device on title; woodcut initials and ornaments. Contemporary signature of Thomas Trotter on title. Seven plates (containing portraits and coats of arms) and a map added. Extra illustration added in 1705 by "AK" whose initials and motto appear on first leaf; motto also on title. Leather worn at edges, occasional soil and toning, rebooked, else this is a very good copy. Buchanan was Latin tutor both to Mary Stuart and her son James. His "Historia", first published in 1582, is of great value for the period coinciding with Buchanan's life as it largely succeeds in purging Scottish history of "sum Inglis lyis and Scottis vanitie". The "Dialogus", written to instill sound political principles in his pupil James Stuart, asserts the principle that the power of the sovereign is derived from the people, who have the right to depose tyrants. (This work was later suppressed.) This edition is based on the Elzevir edition of 1643. The Historia contains an account of King Arthur. Buchanan followed Hector Boece's narrative, but considered the account of Arthur's conception a fiction invented by Merlin and Uther to lessen Ygraine's shame. He also has Guinevere helping Arthur plan Mordred's downfall. In Latin. Arthurian Encyclopedia, p 58.
(Inventory #: 19865)
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