Angli Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio Secunda


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[001204] Miltoni, Joannis; Milton John. Angli Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio Secunda – Contra Infamem Libellum Anonymum Cui Titulus, Regii Sanguinis Clamor Ad Coelum Adversus Parricidas Anglicanos. Londini (London): Typis Neucomianis, 1654. First Edition. 24mo. Full Vellum. Good. [2], 173pp, [1], slightly later vellum, title in ink to head of spine, date added later to foot.

Small chip to foot of spine, vellum slightly soiled. Text slightly cropped to head, minor browning and soiling, generally fairly clean. Previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, three lines of ink notes to second free endpaper, small round stamp of the Selborne library to foot of reverse of title and once to bottom margin of text on D2. Lacks the final blank.

Wing M2171 and Coleridge 57a.

Milton’s withering attack on Alexander Morus’ (or More’s) Clamor, (though it was actually written by Peter Du Moulin), with “solemn advice to both Cromwell and his fellow citizens. He had cause for anxiety concerning the future of the Commonwealth, and his position as literary champion of English liberties entitled him, he thought, to warn as well as to vindicate … The Defensio Secunda has verve and vitality and the implicit promise of greater writing to come” (Parker, Milton, page 435)