GOLDEN BOOKE OF MARCUS AURELIUS, Emperour and Eloquent Oratour

Aurelius, Marcus] [Guevara Antonio de]

Published by London By Thomas East 1586, 1586
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A very early printing of the first translation into English, translated by Lord Berners, John Bourchier. Title-page within woodcut border, woodcut tailpieces on the final page of text and after the colophon, which has a woodcut printer's mark on the verso. Small 8vo, in antique full tan calf, the boards with fine blind-tooled panels, the spine richly decorated in blind between raised bands, one compartment with a red morocco label ruled in lettered in gilt, additional gilt lettering at the foot, page edges and end-leaves marbled. A1-nn8, lacking mm2-mm8. A handsome copy, quite fresh and solid, a small defect to the first leaf of the table at front effecting a few words of text, very occasional other trivial soiling or evidence of use, occasional early marginal evidence of long ago damp, very minor, the binding handsome and strong. A SCARCE 16TH CENTURY ENGLISH EDITION OF ANTONIO DE GUEVARA'S DISCOURSE ON THE IDEAL RULE OF KINGS BASED UPON THE EXAMPLES OF MARCUS AURELIUS. Guevara was an important Spanish court preacher and served as historian to the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain, Charles V. This work purports to be a life of Marcus Aurelius, but was an original work by him meant to use examples from Aurelius' life to function as a discourse on ideal rule for the new King. He claimed he discovered it in an old manuscript and that his contributions and decisions as an editor were merely of style and not of real substance. It "presented a richly drawn portrait of Marcus Aurelius as an emperor and as a man. The book's extraordinary success was owed in no small part to this humanized characterization. in the 17th-century it was said that in its epoch, no book but the Bible enjoyed such a wide diffusion. (It] created a new dimension to the personality of Marcus Aurelius, popularizing the Emperor as the ideal prince.". Bookseller Inventory # 25961

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Publisher: London By Thomas East 1586

Publication Date: 1586

Binding: Hardcover

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