3 volumes bound in one. Third printing in English of the first two works. The third work not generally included with the two prior texts and this, most likely a third issue as well. Provenance: Early ownership signature of "Lewis Morris, His Booke" written by hand on the cover; "The Gift of Wm. Jones to me Lew." on the Proheme leaf and again "Lewis Morris." on the first leaf of the first book of the ARTE OF WARRE. Woodcut tail-pieces and elaborate woodcut initials and capitals decorated in the backgrounds, seven engraved woodcut double-page designs for the Machiavelli showing battle plans and arrangements of soldiers; a profusion of plates and figures throughout the second work showing arrangements of soldiers on the field of battle, fine woodcut decorations, capitals and initial letters decorated in the backgrounds, engraved plates of fortifications, plans for artillery, mines and fireworks and engraved tail-pieces and printerís decorations; the third work with a series of tables and plans for the ordering of battle and the ordering of soldiers. Profusely decorated with woodcuts throughout the three important and seminal works. 4to, earlier vellum taken from a larger sheet used much earlier than the date of publication and most probably for the purpose of recording transactions, original deerskin ties. 109 ff. (= 218 pp.), [23 pp. figures, illustrations, designs and tables] pp.; [50 ff.] (= 101 pp. including plates,illustrations, designs, tables); [30 ff.] (= 61 pp. including designs, illustrations and tables). A well used copy of this very rare book, but an extraordinary survival of a work almost never encountered at auction or in the marketplace. The Machiavelli misses its title-page but is otherwise complete as called for beginning with the Proheme, the other two works have both of their title pages and are complete as called for. Two blanks are probably now lost. The works are all textually complete. Edges are worn on a number of the leaves at the front and the rear of the volume as might be expected. There is some folding and creasing of leaves. An honest and absolutely contemporary copy of one of the most elusive books and earliest translations of any work of Machiavelli into English. It precedes the translation and publication of THE PRINCE by approximately 80 years. The two accompanying works are two of the earliest works in English or translations into English of works on war and battle and are replete with rare illustrations and plans for battle and warfare. VERY RARE AND ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE WORKS OF MACHIAVELLI TO OBTAIN IN ENGLISH. STC considers the Certain waies for the ordeyng of souldiers to be the second part of The art of warre; Bertelli-Innocenti, however, only mentions that these two works are found bound together in the British Library copy. The editions in Italian are generally found only with the Arte of Warre and are 109 folio leaves as here. It is thus probable that the second work is in fact a second text which is included with the Machiavelli and is, as Betelli-Innocenti states, merely bound with the first work as a matter of course in the English editions of Machiavelli. This is an exceedingly early copy of Machiavelliís masterpiece on warfare and fortification. THE ART OF WAR was completed in 1520, after many years of work while Machiavelli was writing his DISCOURSES AND THE PRINCE. Machiavelli spent much of his life working as a military observer and advisor for several different masters. Any 16th Century editions of THE ART OF WAR are considered highly desirable and remain especially elusive. Bertelli-Innocenti, pp. 47-48 no. 131;STC 17164. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: ARTE OF WARRE, WRITTEN FIRST IN ITALIAN BY ...
Publisher: London by Thomas East: for Iohn Wight 1588
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