London: Printed by William Bulmer, at the Shakespeare Press for William Miller, 1808.
A new Edition; With copious Notes, and a Biographical and Literary Introduction. By The Rev. T. F. Dibdin, F.S.A. Large 8vo. clxxx, 464p (i, corrections). Engraved frontispiece portrait, a full-page plate and wood cuts in the text. Bound in full sage morocco with marbled endpapers, a.e.g., the spine densely gilt and with ornamental rolls on the covers with small cornerpieces, dentelles. Plates foxed with some bleed to title page, and with lower outer corners bumped and exposed. An attractive, sound, large and stately wide-margained copy. Item #22065
With the bookplate of Alfred Trapnell.
"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... He is a saint to the Catholic, and a predecessor of Marx to the Communist. His manifesto is and will be required reading for both, and for all shades of opinion between." (PMM 47).