Ornamenti eximii, lucubrationes, ab innumeris mendis repurgatae. Utopiae libri II

Price: 11,500.00 EUR

Basel: Apud Episcopium F, 1563. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (158 x 102 mm). [32], 530, [46] pp. Signatures: [alpha]-[beta]8 a-z8 A-N8. Woodcut printer's device on title-page, repeated on verso of final leaf, full-page woodcut plan on d3r depicting the island of Utopia, large woodcut initials. Full sheep antique, blind ruled borders, panelled back. Housed in a custom-made rectangular sterling silver box engraved on the lid, "... for all seasons... March 17, 1969 / L. to C." gifted by Lydia Heston to Charlton Heston on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary and his performance in Robert Bolt's play "A Man for All Seasons."* Book internally little browned, occasional minor spotting, title and final leaf a bit soiled, 4 tiny holes in final leaf, a few annotations and markings in old hand, cancelled ink signature from title and cancelled inscription from verso of final leaf. Provenance: Trinity College (cancelled library stamp on verso of title and final leaf); Charlton Heston. Fine copy of interesting provenance. ---- Gibson 74; Adams M1 752; STC of German Books, 860. First edition of Thomas More's collected works in Latin , including Utopia and other pieces, with contributions by Erasmus, Guillaume Budé and others. More's Utopiae is the celebrated description of an ideal commonwealth and "quintessential humanist dialogue" (ODNB). It was written in Latin and first published in Louvain in 1516 for a European audience. It was "a tract for the times, to rub in the lesson of Erasmus; it inveighs against the new statemanship of all-powerful autocracy and the new economics of large enclosures and the destruction of the old common-field agriculture, just as it pleads for religious tolerance and universal education" (PMM 47). Beside Utopiae, thiss work contains Progymnasmata, Epigrammata, Ex Luciano coversa quaedam, Declamatio Lucianicae respondens, and Epistolae. There's also added Nucerinus' account of the death of More and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester. * Charlton Heston played Thomas More on stage in Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons in several versions of the play-off-Broadway in the 1970s and 1980s, eventually playing it on the West End. The play was a success and the West End production was taken to Aberdeen, Scotland, for a week where it was staged at His Majesty's Theatre. He also produced, directed, and starred in a film version in 1988. "The production gained a sort of notoriety when Dustin Hoffman spread the story that Heston, who was bald, was so vain that he wore a wig over his hairpiece, rather than let the public view his actual bald pate" (Wiki). Heston had already wanted the role of Sir Thomas More in the 1966 film. He regarded "A Man for All Seasons" as the best play of the 20th century and called it the most rewarding experience - apart from Shakespeare - that he'd ever had on the stage (Charlton Heston, Actor's Life, p. 230). 1st Edition. Very Good.


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