Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca. And the meanes Duke Valentine us'd to put to death Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto of Fermo Paul, and the Duke of Gravina. Translated by Edward Dacres.

Lot Number 211
Author MACHIAVELLI, Niccolo (1469-1527).
Title Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca. And the meanes Duke Valentine us'd to put to death Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto of Fermo Paul, and the Duke of Gravina. Translated by Edward Dacres.
Year Published 1640
Place Printed London
Printed By R. Bishop for William Hils and Daniel Pakeman
Description MACHIAVELLI, Niccolo (1469-1527). Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca. And the meanes Duke Valentine us'd to put to death Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto of Fermo Paul, and the Duke of Gravina. Translated by Edward Dacres. London: R. Bishop for William Hils and Daniel Pakeman, 1640.
Comments 12o (140 x 77 mm). Collation: A6, B-O12. Printed rule borders throughout. (Some borders shaved, a few pale stains.) 18th-century calf gilt, black morocco lettering-piece (some rubbing along edges). FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. "'The Prince' is far more than a book of directions to any one of the many Italian princelings. Machiavelli had profited by his journeys to France and Germany to make the most able analyses (in his reports to his government) of a national government, and he now wrote for the guidance of the ruler by whom alone Italy, desperately divided, could be restored to political health. Hitherto political speculation had tended to be a rhetorical exercise based on the implicit assumption of Church or Empire. Machiavelli founded the science of modern politics on the study of mankind -- it should be remembered that a parallel work to 'The Prince' was his historical essay on the first ten books of Livy. Politics was a science to be divorced entirely from ethics, and nothing must stand in the way of its machinery. Many of the remedies he proposed for the rescue of Italy were eventually applied. His concept of the qualities demanded from a ruler and the absolute need of a national militia came to fruition in the monarchies of the seventeenth century and their national armies." (PMM). Bertelli & Innocenti XVII, 38; Gerber III, p. 104, no. 2; PMM 63; STC 17168.
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Auction Name Books and Manuscripts Session I
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Auction Date December 7, 2012 - December 7, 2012
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