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    Buchanan, George. Rerum Scoticarum Historia... Accesserunt Auctoris Vita ab ipso scripta, Eiusdmque Dialogus de jure Regni apud Scotos: Necnon Tabula Scotiae topographica. Edinburgh: Jo. Paton, 1727. 12mo. a-b4, A-3F6, 3G5, A-D6, E3, [A]-[E]6.Text complete. [16], 634, [54], [2] 57, [1]p. Contemp. calf, spine banded, gilt, title in gilt on red morocco label, head of oine slightly chipped, bookplate of "William S. McMullen," signatures of William Russell, Edinburgh 1753" , minor edge wormholes at end. Port. of Bucanan by R. Cooper, folding map of Scotland by John Adair and John Clark. George Buchanan, BA, MA (February, 1506 - September 28, 1582) was a Scottish historian and humanist scholar. He was part of the Monarchomach movement.
    "The first of his important late works was the treatise De Jure Regni apud Scotos, published in 1579. In this famous work, composed in the form of a dialogue, and evidently intended to instil sound political principles into the mind of his pupil, Buchanan lays down the doctrine that the source of all political power is the people, that the king is bound by those conditions under which the supreme power was first committed to his hands, and that it is lawful to resist, even to punish, tyrants. The importance of the work is proved by the persistent efforts of the legislature to suppress it during the century following its publication. It was condemned by act of parliament in 1584, and again in 1664; and in 1683 it was burned by the University of Oxford.
    The second of his larger works is the history of Scotland, Rerum Scoticarum Historia, completed shortly before his death (1579), and published in 1582. It is of great value for the period personally known to the author, which occupies the greater portion of the book. The earlier part is based, to a considerable extent, on the legendary history of Boece. Buchanan's purpose was to "purge" the national history "of sum Inglis lyis and Scottis vanite" (Letter to Randolph). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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