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    John Milton, Claude Salmasius [Claude de Saumaise], Wilhelm Ursino, John Cook(e), etc. Defensio Regia Pro Carolo I. Rege Angliae &c. Et Joannis Miltoni Defensio Pro Populo Anglicano, Contra Claudii Anonymi, alias Salmasii Defensionem Regiam. Paris: Widow of Mathurin Du Puis, 1650. [Includes:] Joannis Miltoni Angli Defensio Pro Populo Anglicano...London [Gouda]: Du Gardiani [See below], 1651. [bound with:] Gulielmus Ursino de Rivo [ Wilhelmus Ursin de Rivo] Vindiciae Pro capite Regis Angliaer contra Rebelles parricidas Sive Querela Nullitatis De Impio Et Imjusto Processu Ac Sententia Mortis Et Abdicationis Contra...Carolum Primum... The Hague: Samuel Broun [Browne], 1649. [bound with:] L.V.A.B. [John Cook, et al.] Sylloge Variorum Tractatuum Angliso quidem idiomate & ab Auctoribus Anglis conscriporum sed in linguam Latinum translatorum; Quibus Caroli ...Innocentia Illustratur...Accessit Responsum Pernecessarium Ad Declamationem seu Provocationem...N.P.: N.P., 1649] [Contains 16 tracts]. 1649-1651. First combined edition, first editions of Ursino and Syllabus. Thick quarto. Four volumes in one. *4,a-e4, A-Z4, Aa-Oo4, Pp3; A-P4. A-G4. *4, a-f,A-L4, M2, a-q4, A-G4, A-C4 4, [A]-[S]4, [T]2, a-c4, A-H4. [24],282, [10],104. [6], 55. <8], 46, 94, 56, 55, 24, [8], 148, 24, 64 pages. Engraved Royal arms on first title page, engraved Commonwealth arms on Milton title page. Old calf, rebacked and restored, spine gilt and banded; gilt stamp of "Inner Temple Library," edges blued, large bookplate of Inner Temple Library, marbled endpapers, old purchase note in French on endpaper, small stamps of Inner Temple Library on title pages. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Claude De Saumaise (1588--1653).. The Defensio Regia pro Carolo I ("Defense of the Reign of Charles I"), which was published anonymously in November 1649, was probably sponsored by Charles II, who is thought to have paid a hundred pounds for its printing. The work represents a reversal of Salmasius' earlier views; it defends absolute monarchy while it condemns the Parliamentary government in England. Milton's reply, Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio, was published in 1651. Milton was again commissioned to write an answer on behalf of the English government, and his Latin response to Salmasius was (at least during his life-time) the most frequently-reprinted of all his works. Though he was writing as a government agent, he strongly rebutted the inevitable accusation that he was simply a paid propagandist like Salmasius: "I was publicly solicited to write a reply to the Defense of the royal cause. . . .Nor was I ever prompted to such exertions by the influence of ambition, by the lust of lucre or of praise; it was only by the conviction of duty and the feeling of patriotism, a disinterested passion for the extension of civil and religious liberty." We can find no biographical data on Ursin but the first edition is quite scarce. The few references we have found is to the second edition. The 'Sylloge" reprints 16 works on Charles deposition by David Jenkins, William Sedwick, William Prynne, Clement Walker, John Cook, and others. The editor "I.V.A.R." has not been identified but could it be our friend Guillaume Ursino De Rivo again? (using a Latinate form?) Milton/Salmasius:Shawcross, Milton, 95/6 & 102 Shawcross calls this the first 'combined' edition and describes two variants. Ours is an unrecorded variant. This has the date '1650' like 95 but the corrected "i" in 'Permissoone" like the second. Further, Shawcross says that it was issued with the Madan 4 Milton but this copy contains the Madan 3 issue. Old Wing gave this Milton as M2168 (also incorrectly as M2106) both are cancelled in Wing on CD Rom as it is a continental publication probably printed at Gouda perhaps by G. de Hoeve. ESTC r31896. Abbott 472. STCN 165104. Ursino: McAlpin III,722-3 (1650, 2nd. ed.) Sylloge: ESTC r7003. Old Wing S6326 (cancelled as it is a continental printing). McAlpin III,670-1. England. Civil War. Charles I.

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