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Joannis Barclaii. Argenis. Editio novissima. Cum clave hoc est nominum propriorum elucidatione hactenus nondum edita

Barckley, John

Published by ex Officina Elzeviriana, Lugdunum Batavorum, Amsterdam, 1630
Condition: g+ to vg Hardcover

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16mo. 690 (6)pp. Original calf with gilt ruling and lettering on red label of spine; raised bands. Brown endpapers. Engraved title page. Decorative headpiece and initial. Barckley John (1582-1621) was a Scottish writer, satirist and Neo-Latin poet. He wrote his major novel, Argenis, in Rome and, according to his contemporaries, indulged in gardening. The literary effort of his late years were considered to be his best writing, culminating in the Argenis, a political romance, completed about a fortnight before his death on 15 August 1621. It resembled the Arcadia of Sidney in certain aspects and More's Utopia. Barckley was born in Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France, where his father, William Barclay, held the chair of civil law. His mother was a Frenchwoman. His early education was obtained at the Jesuit College at Pont-à-Mousson where he wrote a commentary on the Thebais of Statius at the age of nineteen. The Jesuits wanted him to to join their order; but his father refused to give his consent and they moved to England in 1603. In early 1604 John Barclay presented James with a Latin poem, "Kalendae Januariae", and afterward dedicated to him the first part of his Euphormionis Satyricon (Euphormionis Lusinini Satyricon) against the Jesuits. He returned to France by 1605, when a second edition of that book appeared in Paris, having spent some time in Angers. Barclay returned to London in 1606, and published his Sylvae, a collection of Latin poems. In 1607 the second part of the Satyricon appeared in Paris. His departure from England may have been prompted by the threat that his children would be brought up as Protestants, since they had been born in England. To the Catholic Barclay, this was unacceptable. In addition he may have been seeking a more generous patron that the somewhat parsimonious King James. In fact Barclay received a pension of some 150 pounds from the Pope. In 1616 he went to Rome and resided there until his death in 1621. Text in Latin. Binding with some wear along edges and spine, light scuffing and minor soiling. Handwritten inscription on page opposing title page. Small stain in margin of title page, upper right corner. Light age-toning of block. Binding and interior in overall good+ to very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39330

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Title: Joannis Barclaii. Argenis. Editio novissima....

Publisher: ex Officina Elzeviriana, Lugdunum Batavorum, Amsterdam

Publication Date: 1630

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g+ to vg

Edition: Later printing.

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