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    [Niccolò Machiavelli]. Machiavels Discourses upon the First Decade of T. Livius... London: 1636. First edition in English.

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    [Niccolò Machiavelli]. Machiavels Discourses upon the First Decade of T. Livius Translated out of the Italian... London: Printed by Thomas Paine for William Hills and Daniel Pakeman...,1636. First edition in English.

    Twelvemo; [44], 646 pages. Bound to style in modern full brown morocco, covers double-ruled in brown with brown floral cornerpieces, spine paneled in brown, burgundy gilt morocco lettering label. Title-page mounted, pages 363-406 in facsimile. Neat contemporary ink notes throughout (contemporary ownership ink signature on a blank page, page [244]). Small hole on page 164. Overall, a fair copy in a fine binding.

    Livy or Titus Livius (59 B.C.-- 17 A.D.) was a Roman historian who, under the auspices of the Emperor Augustus, wrote The Annals of the Roman People. When completed, the work totalled one hundred and forty-two books on the history of Rome from its foundations until the year 9 B.C. In his "Discourses," Machiavelli uses his own experience in Italian politics as well as Livy's account of the period of the seven kings and the first centuries of the Republic as a basis for his manual of political modus operandi. The book was was started before "The Prince," but completed after he had interrupted his work on it at a crucial period in Florentine history to issue "The Prince," which is a succinct and powerful statement of the ideas evolved in the "Discorsi." Machiavelli's utilitarianism gave him the reputation of being the devil's advocate in England even before his works had been translated Bertelli and Innocenti #35.

    STC 17160.



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