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    Commynes [Commines], Philip de & Johannes Sleidanus. The History of Philip De Commines Knight, Lord of Argenton. The Third Edition. To which is now added out of the latest and best French Copy, A Preface to the said History, the Life of Angelo Cattho Arch-Bishop of Vienna, and two Epistles of John Sleiden relating to the said History never before published. London: S[arah] G[riffin] for Joshua Kirton, 1665. Krown & Spellman Retail: $450. Third edition. Small folio. A8, *2, B-Z6, 2A4 (2A2&3 duplicated) 2B6, 2C3 [2C2 mis-labeled 2I], Dd6. [20], 269, 271,269-280, 289, 282-290, [12]p. Modern black morocco antique, spine banded, gilt title, t.p. small repair, old signatures, some foxing and edge darkening. Engraved t.p., printer's device on Aa5(v). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Commynes (ca.1445-1511), adviser to Duke Charles the Rash of Burgundy, turned traitor in favor of the Duke's archenemy, King Louis XI of France.  After Louis' death, he went into retirement and wrote these memoires.  "They are characterized by a hard-headedness and realism in, e.g., his ridicule of chivalry and feudal warfare, in  his preference for the diplomatic and subtle Louis to the headstrong and arrogant Charles, and in his commendation of ruse and indirection.  Both Machiavelli and Guicciardini were in his debt." -- Wedeck & Schweizer, Dictionary of the Renaissance, p.163. Wing C5541. ESTC r2953.

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