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    Diego de Saavedra Fajardo. Corona Gothica, Castellana Y Avstriaca. Politicamente illustrada. Madrid: Por Andres Garcia de la Iglesia, 1658.

    First edition. Quarto (7.625 x 5.75 inches; 193 x 143 mm.). [20], 556, [36] pages. With engraved device on title and woodcut initials and tail-pieces.

    [and:]

    [Diego de Saavedra Fajardo]. Alonso Nuñez de Castro.
    Corona Gothica Castellana Y Austriaca, Segvnda Parte ... Madrid: Por Andres Garcia de la Iglesia, 1671.

    First edition. Quarto (7.625 x 5.75 inches; 193 x 143 mm.). [36], 394, [38] pages. With an engraved plate opposite the dedication that starts on leaf ¶2r. Title printed in red and black.

    Uniformly bound in eighteenth century tree sheep, smooth spines tooled in gilt and stained dark brown (tooling and staining probably done later), gilt morocco lettering pieces, marbled endpapers, edges sprinkled blue. Uniform toning. Light foxing throughout. Light dampstain to top edge of the text block in both books. Rubbing to joints, spines, and board extremities, with some loss to corners, just starting to expose inner pasteboards. Pinhole sized wormholes to both spines. A few leaves trimmed close, just touching the top of the first line of the first book's title page and also affecting the text at the fore-edge of its leaf *5. Worming to prelims of the first volume, affecting some text, and to the inner margins through leaf C6; worming to lower outer corner of the second volume, mostly marginal, but affecting one word in the penultimate line of the title and the lower corner of the engraved plate. Overall, good copies.

    Spanish diplomat, man of letters, and anti-Machiavellian Don Diego de Saavedra Fajardo (1584-1648) is probably best known for his Idea de un Príncipe Político Cristiano ("Idea of a Christian Political Prince"), an emblem book intended to refute the doctrines expounded in Machiavelli's most famous work. In the present work of historical biography, first published ten years after his death, Saavedra Fajardo treats the reigns of thirty-five kings, from Alaric to Rodrigo, evaluating each ruler according to his ideas of political morality in his earlier work. In 1671 Alonso Nuñez de Castro continued the unfinished book in the aptly named segunda parte of Corona Gothica Castellana Y Austriaca, taking up the reigns of the kings of Castille and León through Fernando IV.
    Cf. Palau.


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