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1671 ARGENIS by John Barclay VELLUM BINDING ANTIQUE Scotland
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Io. Barclaii
Argenis,
Editio Novissima Cum Clave, Hoc Est Nominum Propriorum Elucidatione hactenus nondum edita
by Barclay, John
Amsterdam, Ex Officina Elzeviriana; 1671
569 pages + table + index.
A rare work of Scottish literature.
Vellum binding with later manuscript date (1823).
Some foxing.
Size 5 1/4 by 3 1/3 inches.

John Barclay [1582 - 1621] was an early 17th century Scottish poet and author. His most important and best-known work was Argenis, the last one he completed before his death. Argenis is a political love novel that deals with the actual history of religious conflicts in France as well as the royalist controversy in England. The religious conflict is set in France under Henri III and Henri IV, and touches on events in England, including the Overbury scandal. The story itself is an allegory developed from the point of view of a king.
With Argenis a new genre, the political romance, was created by John Barclay. It is the greatest of all Neo-Latin novels and a masterpiece of early modern literature. It was a tremendous success throughout Europe, it went through more than 50 editions in the next 100 years and was translated into all the major European languages.
The work, drafted into five books, combines elements of a romance, political treatise and historical allegory. The romance is about the love of Argenis, the daughter of the Sicilian King Meleander, and the valiant Poliarchus, their vicissitudes and final triumph; the political treatise discusses various political and religious topics as Barclay had experienced these at the court of King James I, but also as he had observed them in France; the historical allegory is about the religious conflict in France under Henry III and Henry IV, but also on contemporary English events, whereby the protagonists of this historical allegory represent probably specific historical figures. The tendency of the work is that of absolute royal power and against popular sovereignty. Barclay admonishes aristocrats, denounces political faction and conspiracy and shows how these might be repressed. The story unfolds from the viewpoint of the king who reduces the power of the aritocracy "in the interest of the country".
The work starts with a 7-page dedication to King Louis XIII [1601 - 1643] of France. That is followed by a 28-page discourse "Discursus de autore Scripti & judicium de nomibus Argenidaeis"
And after that the five Books of Argenis (on pp 1 - 676).
These are followed by the "Clavis in Argenidem" (pp 677 - 705) and the table elucidating the allegorical figures.
At the end a non-numbered alphabetical index of eight pages.
Engraved title page depicting the figures of Argenis and Polyarchus and in the upper-middle the coat-of-arrms of the Royal House of France and Navarre.
The engraver Pieter Serwouters [Antwerpen, 1586 - Amsterdam, 1657].
He has been employed by the Elzeviers until his death in 1630.



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    Io. Barclaii
    Argenis,
    Editio Novissima Cum Clave, Hoc Est Nominum Propriorum Elucidatione hactenus nondum edita
    by Barclay, John
    Amsterdam, Ex Officina Elzeviriana; 1671
    569 pages + table + index.
    A rare work of Scottish literature.
    Vellum binding with later manuscript date (1823).
    Some foxing.
    Size 5 1/4 by 3 1/3 inches.

    John Barclay [1582 - 1621] was an early 17th century Scottish poet and author. His most important and best-known work was Argenis, the last one he completed before his death. Argenis is a political love novel that deals with the actual history of religious conflicts in France as well as the royalist controversy in England. The religious conflict is set in France under Henri III and Henri IV, and touches on events in England, including the Overbury scandal. The story itself is an allegory developed from the point of view of a king.
    With Argenis a new genre, the political romance, was created by John Barclay. It is the greatest of all Neo-Latin novels and a masterpiece of early modern literature. It was a tremendous success throughout Europe, it went through more than 50 editions in the next 100 years and was translated into all the major European languages.
    The work, drafted into five books, combines elements of a romance, political treatise and historical allegory. The romance is about the love of Argenis, the daughter of the Sicilian King Meleander, and the valiant Poliarchus, their vicissitudes and final triumph; the political treatise discusses various political and religious topics as Barclay had experienced these at the court of King James I, but also as he had observed them in France; the historical allegory is about the religious conflict in France under Henry III and Henry IV, but also on contemporary English events, whereby the protagonists of this historical allegory represent probably specific historical figures. The tendency of the work is that of absolute royal power and against popular sovereignty. Barclay admonishes aristocrats, denounces political faction and conspiracy and shows how these might be repressed. The story unfolds from the viewpoint of the king who reduces the power of the aritocracy "in the interest of the country".
    The work starts with a 7-page dedication to King Louis XIII [1601 - 1643] of France. That is followed by a 28-page discourse "Discursus de autore Scripti & judicium de nomibus Argenidaeis"
    And after that the five Books of Argenis (on pp 1 - 676).
    These are followed by the "Clavis in Argenidem" (pp 677 - 705) and the table elucidating the allegorical figures.
    At the end a non-numbered alphabetical index of eight pages.
    Engraved title page depicting the figures of Argenis and Polyarchus and in the upper-middle the coat-of-arrms of the Royal House of France and Navarre.
    The engraver Pieter Serwouters [Antwerpen, 1586 - Amsterdam, 1657].
    He has been employed by the Elzeviers until his death in 1630.



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  • Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.
  • Location: This item ships from Pennsylvania

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    Photos, descriptions, and estimates were prepared with the utmost care by a fully certified expert and appraiser. All items in this sale are guaranteed authentic.

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