Early edition, including the "Prince"

Machiavelli, Niccolò. Tutte le opere.

No place (Geneva?), "1550" [but c. 1635].

4to. 5 parts in one volume. 8, 320, (4), 106 pp., (1 blank f.), (16), 280, 152, 158 pp. With 5 repeated title vignettes (woodcut portraits) and double-page-sized woodcut in the text. Contemporary vellum with ms. spine title. Edges sprinkled.


Early collected edition of Machiavelli's works, including his famous "Principe", the work with which he "founded the science of modern politics" by analysing Cesare Borgia's much-admired "mixture of audacity and prudence, cruelty and fraud, self-reliance and distrust of others" (PMM). This is the so-called "testina" edition, named after the author's woodcut portrait on all the half-titles. It is this very reliable redaction which is used by all quotations of the "Crusca". Five variant editions are known, all bearing the fictitious year of printing "1550" on the title page, through which the (most likely) Swiss publishers intended to circumvent the Papal prohibition. The present variant is usually regarded as the fourth (Bertelli/I.: "Databile al 1635-46"). Contains: 1) "Delle historie fiorentine"; 2) "Il Principe"; 3) "Discorsi"; 4) "Dell'Arte della Guerra"; 5) "L'Asino d'Oro" and other works.

Variously browned throughout due to paper (as common). From the library of Georg Philipp Helberg, secretary to the Electoral church council in Heidelberg and a member of the enlightened secret society "Deutsche Union" (his autograph ink ownership, dated 1787, on the title page).

Bertelli/Innocenti 206a. Gamba p. 195, no. 623.3. Bonnant, p. 86f., D. Gerber II, 102f. Lenger, Machiavel, 19. Adams M 10. BM-STC Italian 400. Edit 16, CNCE 66076. GLN 6759. Malicki, BJ 16, M-4. Cf. PMM 63.

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