Publication details

Id: 66
Ref: STC 14349
Title: Basilikon Doron. Or His Majesties Instructions to his Dearest Sonne, Henry the Prince.
Year: 1603
Author: James Stuart
Printer: Robert Waldegrave
Categories: James I
Prince Henry Frederick
Notes: First printed in Edinburgh in 1599, also by Waldegrave [STC 14348]. STC 14349 is a revised version with one of the dedicatory sonnets from the 1599 version removed and a lengthy preface 'To the Reader' added. Whilst it is not signed, this preface is by James himself. In it, he explains how he had initially only allowed 7 copies of the work to be printed 'to be dispersed amongst some of my trustiest servands' [sig. B2v]. Since the book has now been 'vented, and set forth to the publicke view of the worlde', however, James explains that he has been forced to publish 'true copies...for defacing of the false' [sig. B3r]. On the alterations to the presentation of kingship between 1599 and 1603 versions, see Rickard, 'Authorship and Authority', pp. 114-115. This revised version was printed in Edinburgh in late March and a copy sent to England. Here it was entered into the Stationer's Register on March 28 to a syndicate of booksellers [Rickard, 'Authorship and Authority', p. 113]. For the London editions see STC 14353, 14350, and 14354.
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