Barclay, His Argenis

Barclay, His Argenis


Argenis 1625 1st English Edition

By John Barclay

Translated by Kingsmill Long

Printed In London by George Purslowe For Henry Seile

The Volume is in Good Condition in blind ruled english calf, contemporary to the time of publication, with the spine divided into six compartments by five raised bands, and with the board edges gilt. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with chipping to the head and tail of the spine and with the front board detached, and board corners bumped. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some tears on occasion, with the final leaf having reinforced margins, and with mild foxing and occasional toning.
The Volume is Predominantly Complete Lacking for the Initial blank and title page. See below for pagination & dimensions.

Front Board - Barclay, His ArgenisFirst Page - Barclay, His Argenis

John Barclay was a Scottish Catholic and prominent latin writer. Raised and educated in France, he returned to England at the ascension of James I & VI, seeing an opportunity for advancement at the new Kings Court. He wrote the bulk of his latin works around this time, before returning to the continent so that his children would be raised catholic.

Argenis is an historical allegory which tells the story of the religious conflict in France under Henry III of France and Henry IV of France, and also touches on more contemporary English events, such as the Overbury scandal. The tendency is royalist, anti-aristocratic; it is told from the angle of a king who reduces the landed aristocrats’ power in the interest of the “country”, the interest of which is identified with that of the king.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [4], 404. The volume collates as follows: [A]-3D4, 3E6. The volume measures about 28.5 cm by 19 cm. By 4 cm. Each leaf measures about 275 mm. By 175 mm.

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