This is one of my favorite books of all time.  I’ve read it several times.  A copy was purchased at auction recently and covered nicely by the ever-wonderful Cataloguer’s Desk.  The pictures of the Moroccan spine and full map of Utopia and the Utopian Alphabet are simply gorgeous.

Most significantly, Utopia is More’s reconciliation of Christian morality and humanist idealism with the messy business of governance. Because rulers could not be trusted to act justly of their own accord, it was necessary for principled advisers to subtly guide them.

He rose to the post of  Lord Chancellor, only to fall from favor and face execution in 1535 after taking a moral stand against Henry VIII’s  divorce and usurpation of Papal authority. More’s public life and death demonstrated his commitment to the ideals he had espoused in Utopia, and it remains his most influential and popular work, inspiring later thinkers such as Samuel Johnson, Voltaire, and Jonathan Swift. In its grappling with issues of morality, justice, and power it is as relevant today as when it was first published.

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