ELYOT (THOMAS) The Boke Named the Governour, FIRST EDITION, Thomas Berthelet, 1531

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 296
ELYOT (THOMAS)
The Boke Named the Governour, FIRST EDITION, Thomas Berthelet, 1531

Sold for £ 9,375 (US$ 12,829) inc. premium
ELYOT (THOMAS)
The Boke Named the Governour, FIRST EDITION, title within woodcut border, black letter, lacks 5 leaves (O1-3 and i7-8 at end), 3 leaves (C8 and i4-6) repaired with some loss of text, title and opening leaves soiled and with between 1 and 6 small wormholes, occasional light dampstaining, several ink annotations/corrections and underlinings in one or two early hands, 3-line note in Greek in margin of title, morocco gilt by Lewis & Owen, Oswestry (with ticket) [ESTC S10537; Pforzheimer 354; PMM 61; STC 7635], 8vo, Thomas Berthelet, 1531

Footnotes

  • THE SCARCE FIRST EDITION: only one copy has been traced in auction records, a defective copy which sold in 1948 for £4.50. "This book is not only the earliest treatise on moral philosophy in English but the first of an imposing array which introduced into England the cultural and political ideals of the Renaissance" (Pforzheimer). Dedicated to Henry VIII, and printed by the King's printer Thomas Berthelet, the first part of Governour championed a hierarchical form of government headed by a single ruler, the King. It was reprinted seven times in the sixteenth century, PMM suggesting one reason fo its fame being that it was "the first work in recognisably modern English prose, to which Elyot added many new words". Several passages were omitted from all subsequent editions, so that this is the only complete edition until Croft's 1880 reprint of the present text.

    Provenance: four Welsh names (including William Robarts and James Lloyd) writing in an early hand on fol. 118v.
Contacts
ELYOT (THOMAS) The Boke Named the Governour, FIRST EDITION, Thomas Berthelet, 1531
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine, Whisky and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £10,000 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £10,000 up to and including £450,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £450,000 up to and including £4,500,000;
and 14.5% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £4,500,000.

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
Exempt from VAT

Zero rated for VAT, no VAT will be added to the Hammer Price or the Buyer's Premium.

App