8vo. ; 686; . Rare second collected edition in English of The Prince and the Discourses on Livy, translated by Edward Dacres, Machiavelli’s first English translator. Handsomely rebound in full leather, w/blind stamped pattern to front, back cover and spine, five raised bands, red label, gilt title and date. Marbled edges. New endpapers. Internally the book is near-fine. There is a small amount of loss to the bottom-right corner of the last blank page, a discrete ownership inscription to the top-right of the title page, and some mild edge-tanning throughout. Otherwise, exceptionally clean. Lacking the frontispiece portrait of Machiavelli, however including the seldom seen separate title page for “Nicholas Machiavel’s Prince: also, the Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca”, dated 1673. Additionally, there is a final contents leaf at the rear. The Prince was first published in English in 1640 and the Discourses on Livy first appeared in 1636, both translated by Edward Dacres (Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli, 253); Dacres’ translations of the two works first appeared together in 1663 (Wing M134aA). This collection precedes the first collected edition of Machiavelli’s Works by one year.
Machiavelli, Niccolo`; Dacres, Edward, Machiavel’s discourses upon the first decade of T. Livius, translated out of the Italian. To which is added his Prince: with some marginal animadversions noting and taxing his errors, Printed for Charles Harper at the Flower-de-luce over against St. Dunstans Church, and John Amery at the Peacock over against Fetter-lane, both in Fleet-street, 1674
Biographies & Letters
LEMPRIERE, John., Bibliotheca Classica; or, A Classical Dictionary, containing A Full Account of All the Proper Names Mentioned in Ancient Authors: with Tables of coins, weights, and measures, in use among the Greeks and Romans: to which is now prefixed a chronological table. Third edition, greatly enlarged., Printed for T. Cadell, junior, and W. Davies, (successors of Mr. Cadell), 1797