N.p. [The Hague?], 1653. Full calf. 32mo (5.1", 13 cm). 536 pp. Latin. Title: "Transformation of the English Nation, or of a change of the kings of the different, of the kingdom, and affairs of England: The work of the faith, to the most worthy of the tombs, and from the various authors of the context of the historical development and public life and, until this time, has been brought, and recorded for posterity, dedicated to the eternal."
Sole edition: Compiled and in part translated into Latin by Dutch scholar Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn (1612-1653). “Boxhorn, as a true patriot, felt the urge to defend his country when it became the victim of new foreign aggression and that for this reason he constructed the Metamorphosis Anglorum, a work that blackens the reputation of England’s republican regime... " -- Nieuwstraten, Historical and Political Thought in the 17th-century Dutch Republic, pp.160-165.
OCLC. British Library. Copac. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Contemporary speckled-calf gilt-paneled boards rebacked. All edges speckled red. Title-page in red and black ink, two-page dedication in red ink. Tables on pp.87-88, 108, 268-271, 275-284. Occasional headpiece or tailpiece in repeated design. Decorated initials open each of 12 chapters. Catchwords match, but pp.170-191 incorrectly numbered (as in Princeton copy); four leaves out of order pp.345-352 (unlike Princeton copy). Boards with mild abrasions, lower margin p.327 with 1/4" worm track down to two points on rear pastedown, final three leaves and pastedown with spots of paste action, rear free-endpaper with 1/8" hole due to paste action. A well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition. Very good+. Item #882