MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò (1469-1527). Il Principe … La Vita di Castruccio Castracani da Lucca … Il modo che tenne il duca Valentino per ammazzare Vitellozzo … I ritratti delle cose del la Francia e della Alamagna. Venice: [n.p.], 1539.
8° (154 x 103 mm). (Pale marginal staining to upper outer corners, K8 with upper corner torn away without loss of text.) Early stiff-paper wrappers.
Sixth edition of Machiavelli's epoch-making The Prince. The text was first printed posthumously in 1532 in Rome, and it became a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance literature. Unlike Castiglione's equally important Il Cortegiano, Il Principe offers advice to a prince on how to gain power, how to keep it and how to increase it. As early as 1557 the book was placed on the Index librorum prohibitorum. The volume also prints the Lofe of Castruccio Castracani, Machiavelli’s account of Cesare Borgia’s murder in 1503 of his mercenary captains, and his ‘Sketches of the state of France and Germany.’ Bertelli & Innocenti, Bibliografia Machiavelliana 43. Edit 16 68020; Gerber 6; USTC no. 839326; USTC records four copies in public libraries, all in Italy.