Utopia by Thomas More
"Utopia was published in the great year of Erasmian reform, when the new enlightenment seemed about to carry all before it. It was written as a tract for the times, to rub in the lesson of Erasmus; it inveighs against the new statesmanship of all-powerful autocracy and the new economics of large enclosures and the destruction of the old common-field agriculture, just as it pleads for religious tolerance and universal education. In this it is a work of reaction rather than progress: indeed, just as Rasselas might almost be a critique of Candide, so Utopia might seem an advocacy of the old virtues against the new totalitarianism of Il Principe. In Utopia More is concerned to show that the old, medieval institutes, if freed from abuse, are the best, not the new theoretic reforms, which he justly feared. Utopia is not, as often imagined, More’s ideal state: it exemplifies only the virtues of wisdom, fortitude, temperance and justice. It reflects the moral poverty of the states which More knew, whose Christian rulers should possess also the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity" (Printing and the Mind of Man).
- Folio Society First Impression No. 315
- Publisher Folio Society, London; 1972
- Green Cloth Hardback, 140 pp
- Lithographs by Edward Bawden
- Size 250 x 160mm, 800g
Condition: Very Good – Good Slipcase – Slight Fading To Spine, No Inscriptions, Very Good Copy
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