Geo. Buchanani Scoti Opera.
Edimburgi, apud Robertum Fribarnum Typographum Regium Ano. Dom. MDCCXV. [Edinburgh: Robert Freebairn, 1715.]
Engraved titlepage to 'Georgii Buchanani ... opera omnia, ad optimorum codicum fidem summo studio recognita & castigata [Works]...' by George Buchanan. 350 x 210mm, 13¾ x 8¼". Worm hole to left edge of plate.
Allegorical and classical figures with putti surround the bust of George Buchanan (1506 - 1582), Scottish historian, scholar and poet. The composition includes a harp, lyre and trumpets; the royal arms of Scotland lower right. Educated at the Universities of St Andrews and Paris, Buchanan taught in Paris until his return to Scotland in 1536. Condemned as a heretic, he was imprisoned in the castle of St Andrews before escaping into exile in France in 1539. He held professorships at Bordeaux and Paris, and later at Coimbra, Portugal, where he was put on trial for heresy in 1550-01. He returned to Scotland in 1561 and tutored Mary, Queen of Scots. Initially loyal to the Queen, he later testified against her at her trial for the assassination of her husband, Lord Darnley. He became principal of St Leonard's College in St Andrews in 1566. His most substantial work, Rerum Scoticarum Historia, a history of Scotland, was published in Latin in 1582.
British Library: 000513218.
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