MORE, THOMAS, Sir, Saint [Utopia]: De optimo reip. statu deque nova insula utopia libellus vere aureus...
Basel: Froben, March 1518. The first Basel edition (the third overall), the first with these illustrations, and the first edition of More's Epigrams. Two parts (of three issued; the final part issued contained the Epigrams of Erasmus). Old half leather with speckled boards, all edges sprinkled red, housed in a clamshell case. 8 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches (20.5 x 15 cm); 164,  pp., with pressmark on verso of final leaf; title, 166-271,  pp. Woodcut architectural title border by Hans Holbein on title, woodcut map by Ambrosius Holbein, a headpiece woodcut by A. Holbein opening text, woodcut title border to More's epigrams by Urs Graf. Binding with library shelfmark at foot of spine, joints worn, a few small perforated stamps, two leaves with marginal soil but a clean copy overall. Henry Edward Bunbury's copy with his bookplate, ownership inscription of John Burns, 1916, apparently sold by Thomas Thorp in 1946; after in the collection of the College of New Rochelle, with their bookplate.
An important early edition of More's Utopia, preceded by the Louvain and Paris editions of 1516 and 1517 respectively. Froben also issued a December edition, the fourth; both parts here clearly indicate the March publication on the colophon. The three parts are frequently found bound separately. More Bibliography 80; Adams M1756.
C The College of New Rochelle
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