11 - 13 July 2000
ELYOT, Sir Thomas (1490?-1546). The Boke named The Governour. London: Thomas East, 1580.
8° (141 x 90mm). Black and roman letter. Title with woodcut interlace border, woodcut initials and tailpieces. (Some waterstaining at outer margin, D4 with piece torn from margin, X1 with tear in upper margin.) Modern limp vellum.
Eighth edition of Elyot's celebrated book on the education of statesmen. First published by Thomas Berthelet in 1531, it was dedicated to Henry VIII, and brought the author an 'increase of reputation' that led to his appointment as ambassador to the court of Charles V. Jackson describes it as 'not only the earliest treatise on moral philosophy in English but the first of an imposing array which introduced into England the cultural and political ideals of the Renaissance.' Pforzheimer 354 (first edition); STC 7642.
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