London: Typis Du Gardianis, 1652.
Leather bound. 5 1/8" X 3". 192pp. Text in Latin. Possibly printed in Gouda by G. de Hoeve. Later, circa 18th century full calf boards, neatly rebacked in more recent brown morocco at corners and entirety of spine, with added burgundy title label lettered in bright gilt. Boards are personalized in gilt with initials JD and lion to respective boards, with armorial bookplate to front pastedown with motto "Vincit Qui Patitur" (He Conquers Who Endures), with faintly pencilled name of Sir J. Dolben and additional names to top of bookplate and top of title page. Pencilled bookseller notes to front flyleaves. Marbled endpapers. Green silk placemarker present, with end lightly frayed. Title page with woodcut Arms of the Commonwealth of England. Interior is in excellent condition, with pages straight, tight, and unmarked. A truly handsome restored 1652 printing of John Milton's Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio. First published the year prior to this edition, in 1651, Milton's Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio (A Defense of the English People) was a polemical response defending the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell against the Royalist writing of Claudius Salmasius and is, as the literary historian Thomas Warton once described it, "The best Apology that ever was offered for bringing kings to the block." Very good +. Item #5443