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    Nicolo` Machiavelli. Disputationum de Republica, quas Discursus Nuncupavit, Libri III. Quo modo in rebusp. ad antiquorum Romanorum imitationem actiones omnes bene` maleve instituantur. Frankfurt: Lazari Zetzneri, 1608.

    Twelvemo (5.375 x 3.125 inches; 138 x 80 mm.). [6], 546, [18] pages. With woodcut device on title, several woodcut initials (some historiated), and woodcut and typographic head- and tail-pieces.

    Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on smooth spine, semi-Yapp edges, edges sprinkled red. A very few instances of light spotting. Quire M standing slightly proud. Overall a very good copy.

    A relatively early Latin translation (from the original Italian) of Machiavelli's Discorsi sopra laprima deca di Tito Livio ("Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy"), written in the early sixteenth century and published posthumously in 1531. In contradistinction to his more famous work Il Principe ("The Prince"), in the Discourses Machiavelli sought to explain the organization and benefits of a republican state. A landmark of political science, the work is widely regarded as one of the first and most important Renaissance treatments of republican government.
    Graesse IV, 326.


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