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VICO, Giambattista.

Principi di scienza nuova, d'intorno alla comune natura delle nazioni.

In questa terza impressione dal medesimo Autore in un gran numero di luoghi corretta, schiarita, e notabilmente accresciuta. Tomo I [-II.]

Naples: Nella stamperia Muziana, a spese di Gaetano, e Steffano Elia, 1744 Stock Code: 126502
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Third and best edition of Vico's masterpiece, Scienza nuova (New Science), "justly called 'the vehicle by which the concept of historical development at last entered the thought of western Europe' The concept of a history of ideas, the principles of a universal history and its philosophical criticism, a recognition of the importance of social classes, all begin with Vico" (PMM).

Vico's work had originally been conceived as a monumental work in two quarto volumes, to be printed in Florence at Cardinal Lorenzo Corsini's expense. But when Vico presented the manuscript to Corsini, the prelate felt that he could not meet the printing expenses and declined his patronage. Faced with the prospect of self-financing publication, Vico trimmed his text to a quarter of its original length, reorganising his material in such a way that its argument seemed to him more cogent than the original. The first edition was of 1,000 copies, with 12 copies on large paper, published in 1725. Vico dedicated much of his remaining life to amending and expanding on his original text.

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2 parts in 1 volume, octavo (200 x 128 mm). Contemporary vellum, spine lettered gilt.


With engraved portrait, engraved symbolic frontispiece and large folding table.


Small surface abrasion of vellum to front joint, foot of spine a little worn, small stain to rear board; frontispiece verso with small ink stain, occasional light browning and foxing, pale marginal dampmark to final few leaves; a very good copy.


See Printing and the Mind of Man 184 (first edition of 1725).


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