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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 124

    MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò (1469-1527). Discourses, upon the first Decade of T. Livius... With some marginall animadversions noting and taxing his errours. Translated by Edward Dakers. Printed by Thomas Paine for William Hills and Daniel Pakeman, 1636.

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    MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò (1469-1527). Discourses, upon the first Decade of T. Livius... With some marginall animadversions noting and taxing his errours. Translated by Edward Dakers. Printed by Thomas Paine for William Hills and Daniel Pakeman, 1636.

    12o (145 x 85 mm). Woodcut ornaments and initials. (One or two persistent worm holes to gutters.) Contemporary calf, covers decorated with a broad border of blind and gilt fillets, spine in seven compartments separated by gilt acanthus leaf rolls, all edges gilt (head of spine worn with minor loss and with one or two splits and worm holes, extremities lightly scuffed). Provenance: Nathaniell Lavender (?merchant taylor, London, fl 1630s) (contemporary ownership inscription verso of first blank); Charles Grace(?) (ownership inscription dated 14 August 1839 recto of first blank); R.L.U. (modern bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. With animadversions in italics on the title-page, and [B1] a cancelandum. "Machiavelli founded the science of modern politics on the study of mankind - it should be remembered that a parallel work to The Prince was his historical essay on the first ten books of Livy" (PMM 63). STC 17160.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN