The Prince and The Discourses (The Modern Library of the World's Best Books, ML 65)

By: Machiavelli, Niccolo; Lerner, Max

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1940-1970 printing with Joseph Blumenthal jacket, 278 titles listed on jacket reverse. Jacket edges rubbed with minor loss, jacket spine toned with faint stain to base, ink name and address on front endpaper. 1950 Hard Cover. xlviii, 540, [4] pp. 8vo. Introduction by Max Lerner. Il Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccol Machiavelli. Originally called De Principatibus (About Principalities), it was originally written in 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. The treatise is not representative of the work published during his lifetime, but it is the most remembered, and the work responsible for bringing 'Machiavellian' into wide usage as a pejorative term. It has also been suggested by some critics that the piece is, in fact, a satire. -- Wikipedia The Discourses on Livy (Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio, Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livy) is a work of political history and philosophy composed in the early 16th century by the famed Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccol Machiavelli (1469-1527), best known as the author of The Prince. Where The Prince is devoted to advising the ruler of a principality, i.e., a type of monarchy, the Discourses purport to explain the structure and benefits of a republic, a form of government based on popular consent and control. It is considered almost unanimously by scholars to be if not the first, then certainly the most important, work on republicanism in the early modern period. -- Wikipedia ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Niccol di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (May 3, 1469 June 21, 1527) was an Italian diplomat, political philosopher, musician, poet and playwright. Machiavelli was a figure of the Italian Renaissance, and a servant of the Florentine republic. In June of 1498, following the ouster and execution of Savonarola, the Great Council elected Machiavelli as the Secretary to the second Chancery of the Republic of Florence. He is most famous or notorious for one of his shorter works, The Prince, sometimes described as a work of realist political theory. However, both that text and the more substantial republican Discourses on Livy as well as History of Florence (commissioned by the Medici family) were printed only after his death, all appearing in the early 1530s. In his own lifetime, while he circulated The Prince among friends, the only work Machiavelli promoted through printing was his dialogue on The Art of War. But generations from the sixteenth century onwards were most attracted and repelled by the cynical approach to power on display in The Prince, Discourses and History. Whatever Machiavelli's own intentions (and they remain a matter of heated debate), his name became synonymous with ruthless politics, deceit and the pursuit of power by any means.

Title: The Prince and The Discourses (The Modern Library of the World's Best Books, ML 65)

Author: Machiavelli, Niccolo; Lerner, Max

Illustrator: Blumenthal, Joseph

Categories: Philosophy, Political Science,

Edition: Reissue

Publisher: New York, The Modern Library: 1950

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 2293052

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