Dublin: W. Colles, 1769. Scarce Dublin edition. Giuseppe Marc'Antonio Baretti ( 1719 - 1789) was an Italian literary critic, poet, writer, translator, linguist and author of two influential language-translation dictionaries. During his years in England he was often known as Joseph Baretti. Baretti's life was marked by controversies, to the point that he had to leave Italy, for England, where he remained for the rest of his life. Baretti wrote this book after being outraged by an account written by a Samuel Sharp about the customs and manners of Italy, which he considered ignorant, carelss, and prejudiced. Baretti discusses the flaws of Mr. Sharp's book throughout his own, sometimes to the point of lapsing into the humorous rather than serous. Bound in three quarter red leather with black title label to spine. Marbled boards Rubbing and bumping to leather and slight tears along board edges. Foxing to title page and last couple of pages with publisher's list of new books, and occasional light spots. Still very good condition.Measures 3.5 x 6.5 inches. 225 pages plus publisher book list.
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London: J. Tonson, 1722. Hardcover. Second edition of this two volume translation of Pharsalia. "De Bello Civili , more commonly referred to as the Pharsalia, is a Roman epic poem written by the poet Lucan, detailing the civil war between Julius Caesar and the forces of the Roman Senate led by Pompey the Great. The poem's title is a reference to the Battle of Pharsalus, which occurred in 48 BC, near Pharsalus, Thessaly, in northern Greece. Caesar decisively defeated Pompey in this battle, which occupies all of the epic's seventh book" [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary brown leather with relief rulings and designs to covers and gilt titling to red spine labels. Rebacked with original spines, rubbing, bumping, and general wear but still nice. Volumes have dampstaining to pastedowns and free endpapers and aging to text pages. Volume I has frontispiece engraving and fold out map of imperial Rome. Map has two inch closed tear starting from left margin. Ownership signature on title pages. Very good minus with defects. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I: 287 pages; Volume II: 310 pages + 2 page publisher's book list. ITAL/032621. Very Good -.
London: Charles Harper and John Amery, 1674. Hardcover. Scarce copy of this early English translation of Machiavelli's history of Florence. The history is told in a series of eight books The first of the eight books is a general picture of the history of Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the beginning of the 15th century; the second book actually begins to discuss the history of Florence, with the narration of the feud between Buondelmenti/Donati and Uberti/Amidei, that according to tradition corroborated by Dante would unchain the conflict between Guelphs and Ghibellines in the city. The books II, III, and IV narrate the history before the Medici rise, while the last four speak of the fight for power that ended with the Medicean lordship. The eighth book closes with the death of Lorenzo il Magnifico, in 1492, with the end of the fragile peace that Lorenzo's politics of balance had carried. The first edition was printed in the year 1532, five years after Machiavelli died [Wikipedia]. Machiavelli's Florentine Histories originated under Medici patronage at a moment in which, after the death of Lorenzo the younger in May 1519, Cardinal Giulio de' Medici controlled Florence (on behalf of Pope Leo X) and the regime seemed open to the possibility of major constitutional overhaul.One result of a more positive attitude of the Medici toward Machiavelli was the commission, finalized on November 8, 1520, and approved by the Officials of Florence's university (the Studio), headed by Giulio himself, to “compose the annals and chronicles of Florence [ad componendum annalia et cronacas florentinas].” The Florentine Histories thus owe their existence to these external circumstances, but the conceptualization and design of this last of Machiavelli's great works reflect long-standing interests integral to the development of both his political theory and the pragmatic requirements of his persistent critique of Florentine politics. [from Cambridge Guide to Machiavelli]. Bound in later three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Red leather title label and gilt date to spine. Leather is chipped and bumped and light stains to marbled boards. Interior pages are also very good. Upper margins were trimmed to fit binding. A previous owner has written occasional unobtrusive words or dates in the margins that repeat those found in the text. Book I: 73 pages; Book II: 94 pages; Book III: 76 pages; Book IV: 70 pages; Book V: 82 pages; Book VI: 76 pages; Book VII: 74 pages; Book VIII: 81 pages; Contents pages: unpaginated [13 pages]. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. A very nice copy. ITAL/032421. Very Good.
London: John Starkey, Charles Harper, and John Amery, 1680. Second edition. Originally published in 1675. This early English translation of Machiavelli's works include the following: The History of Florence, The Prince, The Original of the Guelf and Ghibilin Factions, The Life of Castruccio Castracani, The Murther of Vitelli &c. by Duke Valentino, The State of France, the State of Germany, The Discourses on Titus Livius, The Art of War, The Marriage of Belphegor, a Novel, and Nicholas Machiavel's Letter in Vindication of Himself and his Writings. The writings are numbered consecutively starting with the History of Florence, except for the letter and the publisher's note on the letter that precedes it. Each treatise has its own title page. The first several pages of the book, also unpaginated, have a detailed table of contents for each work and the author's introduction. Bound in modern three quarter tan leather with orange cloth covers. Some rubbing, light spots to leather; Cloth has marks and spots but binding still about very good. New endpapers. Interior pages are soiled, have spotting throughout, and have black ink stains to the upper right page edges and margins of first and last several pages. All page edges are darkened. Still a nice copy of this important edition of Machiavelli's writings. Measures 8 x 13 inches. 528 pages.