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MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò (1469--1527)
[Works. 1772]
Tutte l'opere di Niccolò Machiavelli segretario e cittadino fiorentino: con una prefazione di Giuseppe Baretti. Volume primo. (- terzo.)
In Londra stampate per Tommaso Davies, 1772.
3 vols ; 31.0 cm. (4º)
I: [4], lx, [4], 407, [1] p., engr. frontis. port.
II: [4], 453, [7] p., [2] fold. pl.
III: [4], 580 p.

There had been a previous London edition of Machiavelli's works in Italian, edited by Vincenzio Martinelli in 1747. Baretti, an Italian who settled in London in 1751, published such works as An account of the manners and customs of Italy, 1768 (q.v.), and A dictionary of the English and Italian languages in 1778 (q.v.), and became well-known in Johnson's and Reynold's circles. In vol. II, the final leaf of the main text (leaf Mmm2) is blank; it is followed by two letterpress leaves, the first captioned 'A Chi Legge.' describing the plates, the second announcing the publication 'in January next,' of the first two volumes of John Hawkins' A general history of the science and practice of music, for which ESTC gives the publication date as 1776. ESTC t91112.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 18s., 24 April 1806. (Spiers Box). Booksellers' inscriptions in pencil and ink on free-endpapers to vol. I.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spines with bird and flower motifs, red and black leather spine-labels.

Reference Number 387


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