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A Discourse upon the meanes of wel governing and maintaining in good peace, a kingdome, or other principalitie.

Divided into three parts, namely, the counsell, the religion, and the policie, which a prince ought to hold and follow. Against Nicholas Machiavell the Florentine. Translated into English by Simon Patericke.

London: Printed by Adam Islip, 1608 Stock Code: 139023
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Contemporary limp vellum

Second edition in English of the work popularly known as the Anti-Machiavel, following the first English edition of 1602, here in contemporary English vellum. Gentillet's anti-Machiavellian treatise, first published in Geneva in 1576 as Discours sur les moyens de bien gouverner, included extensive excerpts of Machiavelli's The Prince for Gentillet's rebuttal. In so doing the rebuttal unintentionally disseminated the text of The Prince - a book widely banned across Europe and placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum - far more widely. The translation by Simon Patrick (died 1613/1614) consequently marked the first publication in English of a substantial portion of the text of The Prince. The full text was not published in English until 1640, a delay perhaps partly occasioned by the success of Patrick's translation. This is all the more notable as Machiavelli was widely referenced in Elizabethan literature, near-universally negatively. Patrick's translation follows the original French edition, with the preface following the preface to the 1578 Latin edition (though dated 1577).

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Folio (272 x 185 mm). Contemporary limp vellum, contemporary initials "TM" stamped to covers with floral device, remnants of ties to rear cover.


Complete with initial blank. Printer's device to title-page; woodcut borders, initials, head- and tailpieces.


Contemporary notations to vellum now illegible. Vellum cockled and a little soiled, small patch of loss at head of spine, contents browning and dampstaining throughout, a few minor burnholes, light fraying of head of pages towards end, endpapers chipped and creased. A good copy, in a nice contemporary binding.


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