1676 John Milton Republican Letter English Government Cromwell Political England

MILTON, John

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“To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable”

– John Milton

 

In 1676, the year of the first printing, two editions of “Literae Pseudo-senatus” by John Milton were published by Fricx. They are identifiable by the printer’s device on the title page – the ‘face edition’ and the ‘basket of fruit’ edition. The first printing had an image of a basket of fruit, while the second printing featured a decorative face above the imprint. (Hunter, A Milton Encyclopedia). The present edition is the latter, which Milton attempted to duplicate the first edition. This book is a collection of 136 state-papers or dispatches written by John Milton to the Council of State on his views of republicanism.

 

This work seems to have been the source for editions in German, but those are not attributed to John Milton. With dozens of other printings in various language, it is clear that a number of manuscripts of this text were available, some of which were significantly more accurate than others. This book saw its first publication after Milton’s death – and did not appear in England until 1682 in an anonymous translation called “Milton’s Republican Letters.”

 

When Cromwell came to power in 1651, John Milton believed that the Commonwealth was not following proper governmental paths and procedures. These are many of Milton’s republican ideals.

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1676 John Milton Republican Letter English Government Cromwell Political England

 

“To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable”

– John Milton

 

In 1676, the year of the first printing, two editions of “Literae Pseudo-senatus” by John Milton were published by Fricx. They are identifiable by the printer’s device on the title page – the ‘face edition’ and the ‘basket of fruit’ edition. The first printing had an image of a basket of fruit, while the second printing featured a decorative face above the imprint. (Hunter, A Milton Encyclopedia). The present edition is the latter, which Milton attempted to duplicate the first edition. This book is a collection of 136 state-papers or dispatches written by John Milton to the Council of State on his views of republicanism.

 

This work seems to have been the source for editions in German, but those are not attributed to John Milton. With dozens of other printings in various language, it is clear that a number of manuscripts of this text were available, some of which were significantly more accurate than others. This book saw its first publication after Milton’s death – and did not appear in England until 1682 in an anonymous translation called “Milton’s Republican Letters.”

 

When Cromwell came to power in 1651, John Milton believed that the Commonwealth was not following proper governmental paths and procedures. These are many of Milton’s republican ideals.

 

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MILTON, John

 

Literæ pseudo-senatûs Anglicani, Cromwellii, reliquorumque perduellium nomine ac jussu conscriptæ Joanne Miltono

 

[Brussels] : Impressæ [by E. Fricx], Anno 1676.

 

Details:

  • Collation complete with all pages: [4], 234, [2]
  • References: Shawcross & Coleridge; Hunter V:27;
  • Binding: Leather Hardcover; tight and secure
  • Language: Latin
  • Size: ~5.5in X 3.5in (14cm x 9cm)

 

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492

Category

Law & Government

Authors

MILTON, John

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete