of More's Utopia was published in 1684. There is
a charm in reading a book like this in an early edition.
Not only are there the curious spellings ("vertues"
not "virtues" or "collegue" not "colleague"),
but certain words are capitalized or italicized, each page
ends with the first word of the next page, and the language
is appropriate to the book itself. A facsimile edition was
impossible from the copy because of the amount of work required
to clean the pages to make them easily readable, although
the book is in good condition. It was decided to retype
the pages. They have been set in IM Fell English.* Retyping
required fitting each line to the full measure, as in the
original, and substituting the appropriate glyphs (for:
ct, s, ss, st, sh, si, sl, ff, ffi, ffl, fi, fl).
The book was repaired
in 1826, and it was decided to use this cover as a model.
The front cover is actually blank, but the spine has the
title, author's name, and date, gold debossed in a red leather
panel. We extended it across the front cover to recreate