The second issuance of the first translation into English. Engraved title with large printer's device, several handsome engraved initials and head-or-tailpieces. Folio, in full crushed red morocco by Weitz-Coleman, the upper cover framed with a gilt rule surrounding a large central armorial styled device, the lower cover framed with a gilt rule, the spine with tall raised bands triple gilt ruled on each side creating compartments featuring a central gilt royal crown device, one compartment gilt lettered, additional gilt lettering at the foot, marbled endpapers, page edges marbled, original front blank retained. [vi], 943,  pp. Fully complete but for the final blank. A very fresh and desirable copy, the text firm and very clean but for some very occasional and light antique evidence of damp and some minor toning to the first and last few leaves only. Neat early 19th century signature on title-page and old manuscript notation on the translator's background on the front blank. The binding in very fine condition. THE SCARCE SECOND ISSUANCE OF THE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF GUICCIARDINI'S IMPORTANT HISTORY OF ITALY. A friend and critic of Niccolò Machiavelli, Guicciardini is considered one of the major political writers of the Italian Renaissance. In this masterpiece, The History of Italy, Guicciardini paved the way for a new style in historiography, with his use of government sources to support arguments and the realistic analysis of the people and events of his time. He provides a detailed account of politics in the Italian Peninsula between 1490 and 1534. Written during the last years of his life, this work contains the historian's observations collected over his entire lifetime and was a work intended for posterity. Guicciardini was friends with Niccolò Machiavelli and the two maintained a lively correspondence until Machiavelli's death in 1527. Though Guicciardini was of significantly higher social standing their letters reveal a relaxed, comfortable relationship between the two. Guicciardini was critical of some of the ideas expressed by Machiavelli and both were innovative in their approach to history. None of Francesco Guicciardini's works were published during his lifetime (1483-1540). It was not until 1561 that the first sixteen of the twenty books of his History of Italy were published. This first English translation by Sir Geffray Fenton was published originally in 1579 and included all 20 books. For his research Guicciardini drew upon material that he gathered from government records as well as from his own extensive experience in politics. His many personal encounters with powerful Italian rulers serves to explain his perspective as a historian: "Francesco Guicciardini might be called a psychological historian for him the motive power of the huge clockwork of events may be traced down the mainspring of individual behavior. Not any individual, be it noted, but those in positions of command: emperors, princes and popes who may be counted on to act always in terms of their self-interest the famous Guicciardinian particolare." -Sidney Alexander. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: HISTORIE OF GUICCIARDIN: CONTAINING THE ...
Publisher: London By Richard Field 1599
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