Special Editions 1616–1620: Folios Fit for a King

Graham Rees and Maria Wakely

in Publishing, Politics, and Culture

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576319
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722233 | DOI:
Special Editions 1616–1620: Folios Fit for a King

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This chapter focuses on nine editions published between 1616 and 1620 —; all in folio, all enormous, and all written, or (in one case) edited, by one or another of just five contemporary authors who happened to have been associated with the most exalted levels of Jacobean government and the highest reaches of European intellectual life. These nine elite folios are as follows: the collected Workes of James I in English (1616/17) and Latin (1619); the first two parts of Marc'Antonio de Dominis's De republica ecclesiastica (1617 and 1620); the Italian (1619), Latin (1620), and English (1620) versions of Paolo Sarpi's celebrated Historia del Concilio Tridentino; Henry Savile's edition of Thomas Bradwardine's De causa Dei (1618); and Francis Bacon's Instauratio magna (1620).

Keywords: special editions; folios; James I

Chapter.  13746 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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