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BOTERO, Giovanni.
Aggiunte fatte ... alla sua ragion di stato ove si tratta dell'... con una relatione del mare.Including:2 [part 1]) Dell'eccellenze de gli antichi capitani libri due. ...3 [part 4]) Dell'agilita della forze del prencipe libri due. ...4 [part 3]) Della riputatione del prencipe libri due. ...5 [part 2]) Discorso della neutralita [del prencipe] ...6 [part 5]) Discroso[!] intorno alla fortificatione ...7 [part 6]) Relationi del mare ...Rome, Giorgio Ferrari, 1598. A preliminary part and 6 text parts in one volume. 4to. With a general title-page and 6 part-titles. Set in an italic type (cut by Robert Granjon) with incidental roman. Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1700?).
[22], [2 blank]; 72; 46, [2 blank]; 31, [1 blank]; 15, [1 blank]; 14, [2 blank]; 31, [1 blank] pp.First edition of the first modern treatise on oceanography, by Giovanni Botero (1543/44-1617), along with the first editions of the same author's extensive additions to and expansions of his great 1589 treatise on political philosophy, Della ragion di stato libri dieci, which forcefully argues against the amoral view in Machiavelli's 1532 Il princepe (The prince). Parts 2-4, for example, discuss the qualities that a ruler needs, with 31 pages devoted to the importance of reputation, which he had covered in half a page in 1589. His arguments that a ruler without morals cannot maintain a stable state certainly remain relevant today! Part 1 discusses great rulers of classical antiquity and part 5 discusses fortification. Botero wrote while employed by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, his moral views were closely tied to his religious beliefs as a Catholic, Jesuit and admirer of Thomas Acquinas, and his ideas supported the Counter-Reformation, but his publications were widely read in many languages and appear to have had a mostly unacknowledged influence on a broad spectrum of writers, including Walter Raleigh, Tommaso Campanella, Thomas Hobbes, Edward Misselden, Montesquieu, Christopher Polhem and Veit Ludwig van Seckendorff.The treatise on oceanography is wholly new here and also ahead of its time. In nine chapters it covers the relative proportions of sea and land; the depth of the sea; the reasons why seas do not rise, even though rivers flow into them; physical … [Click Below for Full Description]
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