Unediting Utopia

Welcome to the 1556 Edition of Utopia

The following pages present a virtual "book" of excerpts from the first English translation of More's Utopia, published in 1556. The physical book copy represented in these photographs is held by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, which is a rare book and manuscript library owned by UCLA and located off-campus in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles.

This virtual "book" of the 1556 edition of Sir Thomas More's Utopia can be viewed in two ways:
Text (Key Pages)
Text (Expanded View)
"Text (Key Pages)" gives you the essentials, that is, only the few pages that pertain directly to the discussion questions and assignments for 1556 Utopia. At the very least you need to look at "Text (Key Pages)" to understand how the material features of the 1556 edition impact the text of Utopia. You will find specific discussion questions with each image as you move through "Text (Key Pages)."

"Text (Expanded View)" takes you further into the book, allowing you to view dozens more images not covered by the discussion questions and assignments. "Text (Expanded View)" is for the curious student wishing to explore this book in greater depth and is not required for completion of discussion questions and assignments. You can access both views through the table of contents in the top left corner of your screen OR though the links above and below.

Below each image you will find a series of clickable buttons. "Description" simply gives you the name of the image, while "Annotations" will reveal any explanatory annotations (mapped onto specific "zones" of the image) you will need to understand what you are looking at. "Source" will take you to a zoomable/downloadable version of the image. You can safely ignore "Details" and "Citations."

Finally, since digitized page images are very different from the experience of handling a physical book, you will find a video of the book being handled/its pages turned by a staff member at the Clark Library; this video is accessible via the link below. If you would like to see this book in person please contact Philip Palmer at the Clark Library.