[Leyden]: [s.n.], 1653. Full calf. 32mo (5.1", 13 cm). 536 pp. Latin.
First 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, brands it as illegal, and portrays it as warlike, aggressive and untrustworthy." -- Nieuwstraten, Historical and Political Thought in the 17th-century Dutch Republic, pp.160-165.
British Library online. Copac online. 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. Same design occasionally used as headpieces and tailpieces. 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