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    Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh). The Secrets of Government, And Misteries of State, Plainly laid open, in all the several Forms of Government in the Christian World. (London): John Milton, 1697. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. 8vo. A4, B-Q8. (8), 238pp., (2). Later binding, three-quarters calf over marbled boards. Front board detached, binding rather worn, few light damp stains at top of first few leaves. Small hole in H2, no loss. Bookplate Princeton University. Dr. Theodore W. Hunt '65. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    The poet John Milton was so impressed with this short work that he organized for it to be printed for the first time in 1658. In The cabinet council Raleigh spells out the qualities needed in order to be a successful king. The people follow the example of a king, they learn with a king and get drunk with a king. It is therefore required that a king be good, wise, brave and just. These just happened to be qualities that James I was thought to lack. The tract was probably written while Raleigh was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

    Also known in previous editions as "Cabinet Council" and "The Arts of Empire."

    Although Milton believed that the manuscript he edited was by Raleigh, the attribution is doubtful. -Cf. William Riley Parker, "Milton", p. 516-517 and Shawcross, 256.

    Pforzheimer 3: p.843-44, Wing R155 (1692), ESTC: R226476, Shawcross: Milton: 391, Sabin 67599, Armitage: Sir Walter Raleigh: 150, Brushfield 268



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