Thomae Hollis Angli R. Et Ant. SS. Lond. Sodalis MDCCLXVII
Etching, frontispiece?, 280 x 210mm. 11 x 8¼".
Thomas Hollis (1720 - 1774), libertarian, writer, bibliophile and patron of the arts, his medallion bust on an inscribed obelisk. Hollis was trained in public service and spent the years 1740 to 1748 practicing law. Hollis toured Europe twice, in 1748-9 and again from 1750 to 1753 mixing with French philosophers and Italian painters such as Canaletto and Piranesi. Hollis's main contribution to public service was to protect and advance English liberty by circulating books on government. From 1754 he reprinted and distributed literature from the seventeenth century, including works such as Toland's Life of Milton, tracts by Marchmont Nedham, Henry Neville, and Philip Sidney, and John Locke's Two Treatises of Government. By Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 - 1785).
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