Metamorphosis Anglorum, Sive Mutationes Variae Regum, Regni, Rerumque Angliae: Opus Historicum Et Politicum / Ex Variis Fide Dignissimis Monumentis Ac Auctoribus Contextum, Ad Haec Usque Tempora Deductum, Memoriaeque Posteritatus Aeternae Consecratum
[Leyden], [s.n.], 1653. Full calf. 12mo (5.1", 13 cm). 536 pp. Complete. First edition: "The Metamorphosis Anglorum has been described as an 'anthology of changes in English history'. Yet it is more. It consists of a collection of different works and pieces of text taken from different works that, put together, can only lead to one conclusion: the republican regime that ruled England after the execution of Charles I is not only illegal, but also an historical anomaly, and a dangerous one at that.. Boxhorn, as a true patriot, felt the urge to defend his country when it became the victim of new foreign aggression and that for this reason he constructed the Metamorphosis Anglorum, a work that blackens the reputation of England's republican regime, brands it as illegal, and portrays it as warlike, aggressive and untrustworthy." -- Nieuwstraten, Historical and Political Thought in the 17th-century Dutch Republic, pp.160-165. Period speckled-calf gilt-paneled boards rebacked. All edges speckled red. Title-page in red and black ink, two-page dedication in red ink. Tables on pp.87-88, 108, 268-271, 275-284. Same design occasionally used as headpieces and tailpieces. Decorated initials open each of twelve chapters: "Janus Anglorum in quo prophanum Anglo-Britanniae jus succincte propronitur" by John Selden p.163. "Variae et insigniores rerum imperiique in Anglia mutationes" by M. Z. Boxhorn p.273. "De parricidio apud Anglos in persona Regis, Caroli I. sacrilegorum hominum nefaria conspiratione admisso, promissa Defensione Regia" by Claude Saumaise p.305; continuation "Excerpta ex Defensione Regia" p.320. "Apophtegmata [sic] Caroli I. Magae Britannae, Francae et Hibernae regis, theologica, moralia, et politica, etc." by Charles I p.341; continuation "II. Moralia" p.363; continuation "III. Politica" p.370. "Lex terae. In qua ex intimis penetralibus Juris Anglicani doctissime explicat Regimen ab omnibus seculis in Anglia, etc." by Davidis Jenkins p. 390. "Historiae Independentiae, etc." by Clement Walker p.426. "Declaratio Publica" by M. Z. Boxhorn p.467; continuation "Gnomae aliquot politicae & morales" p.487. Book compiled and in part translated into Latin by M. Z. Boxhorn. British Library online. Copac online. Every-other two-page layout with matching catchwords, but incorrectly numbered pp.170-191 (as in Princeton copy); four leaves out of order pp.345-352 (unlike Princeton copy). Boards with mild abrasions, top edge dusty, margin away from text p.327-pastedown with 0.5 cm worm track down to 0.1 cm points, pages occasionally flecked, final three leaves and pastedown show some paste action, rear free-endpaper with 0.2 cm hole due to paste action. A well-preserved, tight and clean first edition. Very good+ .
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Keywords: 17th Century Social Thought