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    An Excellent Biography of Sir Thomas More

    [Sir Thomas More, subject]. Cresacre More. The Life and Death Of Sir Thomas Moore Lord High Chancellour of England. [Douai: Balthazar Bellère, n.d., ca. 1631]. First edition. Quarto. 4, A-3H4. [8], 432 pages. Head- and tail-pieces, decorated intials. Nineteenth century mottled calf, gilt rule on covers, spine banded, extra-gilt, title gilt on label, bookplate of "The Knights of Morar," old owner's note on title-page dated March 1660 but name crossed out; some finger soiling, occasional minor stains, wide margins. 2F4 with clean corner cut away, no affect. Still, a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    More's biography of his great-grandfather is largely derivative, drawn mainly from the lives of William Roper and of Thomas Stapleton, but also using materials from Nicholas Harpsfield's Life and from Edward Hall and John Stow's historical accounts. His chief accomplishment is to present a fully rounded portrait of his ancestor, in which he deftly combines the personal emphasis of Roper's biography, with its cameos of wit and family life, and the internationalist emphasis of Stapleton's, which depicts Sir Thomas the European humanist, man of letters, statesman, and martyr for the universal Catholic church. From a literary point of view his achievement is considerable." (Oxford DNB).

    STC 18066. Gibson, More, 106. Allison and Rogers 548. ESTC s112843.

    More, Crescare. D. O. M. S. The Life And Death Of Sir Thomas Moore Lord high Chancellour of England. [Douai:] [Balthazar Belli?re,] [1631?] 4to. 4, A-3H4. [8], 432p. 19th c. mottled calf, gilt rule on covers, spine banded, extra-gilt, title gilt on label, bookplate of "The Knights of Morar,"old owner's note on t.p. dated March 1660 but name crossed out; some finger soiling, occ. minor stains, wide margins. 2F4 with clean corner cut away, no affect. Head- and tail-pieces, decorated intials. First Edition. More, (Christopher) Cresacre (1572Ð1649), biographer. "More's The Life and Death of Sir Thomas Moore was written between about 1616 and 1620 and published undated at Douai between about 1626 and 1631. Formerly it was attributed to Cresacre's older brother Thomas, a secular priest, who died in Rome in 1625, making Cresacre his heir. The issue of authorship arises from discrepancies between the ÔEpistle DedicatoryÕ and the ÔPreface to the readerÕ in the first edition. The ÔEpistleÕ clearly ascribes the authorship to Thomas, referring to him in the third person and as deceased. The ÔPrefaceÕ just as clearly refers to the author as the youngest of thirteen children, as baptized on the anniversary of Sir Thomas More's death, as a parent, and as the only one of his brothers not to be in a religious estate. Conceivably Cresacre revised a biography first written by his brother but there is no acknowledgement of this possibility in the ÔPrefaceÕ. It is likely that the ÔEpistleÕ was added at a late stage, quite probably, in view of More's vulnerable position as a recusant, in an attempt to obscure his responsibility for the work. The dedication of the Life to Queen Henrietta Maria, whose marriage negotiations Thomas furthered, could also have rendered the illusion of double authorship desirable.

    More's biography of his great-grandfather is largely derivative, drawn mainly from the lives of William Roper and of Thomas Stapleton, but also using materials from Nicholas Harpsfield's life and from Edward Hall and John Stow's historical accounts. His chief accomplishment is to present a fully rounded portrait of his ancestor, in which he deftly combines the personal emphasis of Roper's biography, with its cameos of wit and family life, and the internationalist emphasis of Stapleton's, which depicts Sir Thomas the European humanist, man of letters, statesman, and martyr for the universal Catholic church. From a literary point of view his achievement is considerable." [Oxford DNB] STC 18066. Gibson, More, 106. Allison & Rogers 548. ESTC s112843. England. Humanism. Reformation.



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