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    [Featured Lot] Raleigh [Ralegh], Sir Walter, attributed. The Arts of Empire, And Mysteries of State Discabineted. In Political and Polemical Aphorisms, grounded on Authority and Experience. And Illustrated with the Choicest Examples and Historical Observations. By the ever-renowned Knight Sir Walter Raleigh, published by John Milton Esq; London: G. Croom for Joseph Watts, 1692. 8vo. A4,B-Q8. [8], 238, [2]p. Modern paneled calf in antique design, spine banded, title gilt, some darkening at edges. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $850

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    "In the course of the 1650s several of Ralegh's texts were published or republished, and some works by others were attributed to him, notably Maxims of State and Cabinet Council, the latter published by John Milton. Plainly his name carried a powerful attraction for writers and publishers, either to sell works which were not actually his or to validate a message; but it is not always easy to identify the message. It is far from clear, for instance, whether Milton published Cabinet Council because he was offering it as an ironic criticism of Cromwell or because it gave advice on how best to endure tyranny. Ralegh seems to be supplied with varying identities by writers of the Commonwealth and protectorate: for some the representative of corrupt monarchies, for others the advocate of aggressive commercialism. The one thing that seems quite certain is that his name attracted interest and helped to sell books."

    Although Milton believed that the manuscript he edited was by Raleigh, the attribution is doubtful.

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    November, 2014
    6th Thursday
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