Written originally in Italian, and from thence newly and faithfully translated into English. The third edition, carefully corrected.London, printed by T.W. [Thomas Wood?] for A. Churchill, R. Bonwick, T. Goodwin, [& 8 others in London], 1720 Stock Code: 139061
NotesThough styled the third edition on the title page, this is the fourth collected edition in English, following the editions of 1675, 1680, and 1694. The book constitutes all of Machiavelli's best known works: The History of Florence, The Prince, The Discourses, and The Art of War. The translation is attributed to Henry Neville (1620-1694), an English republican politician and writer with strong Italian connections, who served as an MP in the Rump Parliament and became a thorn in Cromwell's side. The publication of the collection was notable in its attempt to rehabilitate Machiavelli, who at the time was synonymous with wickedness and tyranny; alongside a favourable preface to the reader, the book includes the justificatory "Nicholas Machiavel's Letter to Zenobius Buondelmontius, in vindication of himself and his writings", a forgery either by the translator or by an unknown Italian, which rather sloppily purports to have been written by Machiavelli ten years after his death.
Folio (311 x 195 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked with red morocco label, edges speckled red.
Contemporary bookplate of Thomas Caren Esq. to front pastedown, small early notations to endpapers. Light rubbing at extremities and very minor wear to tips, contents with light toning and sporadic foxing. A very good copy.
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