Jo. Barclaii Argenis cum clave, hoc est, nominum propriorum elucidatione olim quidem edita.
Cantabrigiae: ex officina Joann. Hayes, celeberrimae academiae typographi. 1673, impensis Joann. Creed bibliopolae, Cantab., . 1673. , 586 pp., . 16mo. Full calf, rebound with new spine and label with original blind embossed and ruled boards. Editio ultima correctior & emendatior. Original boards rubbed and chipped have been repaired and laid on to new spine; endpapers and a few preliminary leaves with some minor foxing, otherwise leaves very crisp and clean and overall volume tight. A nice copy of this important work. Wing B714. Item #23680
With the additional title page: engraved, "Io. Barclaii Argenis. Editio novissima," dated,1674. Page 348 mis-numbered as 312. John Barclay (1582-1621), Scots-born, wrote Argenis, in part based on political events on the Continent, in Rome in 1621. It was his best and most popular work, published in a number of editions and reprinted nearly fifty times in the seventeenth century as well as being translated in to ten languages; it no doubt had its influence on the English novels to follow.