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VICO, Giovanni Battista.
Principj di una scienza nuova intorno alla natura della nazioni.
Naples: Felice Mosca, 1725. Duodecimo (165 x 105 mm.), 270 pages, 6 unnumbered leaves. Our copy has manuscript corrections on pages: 35, 46, 59, 60, 61, 108, 142, 173, 249, 267; and the three-line paper slip pasted on verso of the last page of text. Contemporary interim paper boards with manuscript title on spine. Browning and foxing due to the poor quality of the paper but a very fine copy completely untrimmed.The very rare first edition of this ground-breaking historiographical work, untouched in its original state.'The vehicle by which the concept of historical development at last entered the thought of Western Europe' (Toulmin, The Discovery of Time, 125)'Many 20th-century notions of anthropology, comparative law, literature, religion and linguistic philosophy can be found in the pages of this book' (PMM)The son of a Neapolitan bookseller, Gimbattista Vico (1668-1774) earned a degree in utroque iure at Naples. After working as a private tutor, he was appointed to a professorship of rhetoric in the same university and, in 1734, he became Historiographer Royal to Charles III, King of Naples.The first edition of the Scienza Nuova was written in 1723-25 and offered, with a dedication, to Cardinal Lorenzo Corsini, later Pope Clement XII. Although Corsini's acceptance implied financial assistance to the publication of Vico's work, he eventually withdrew his support. Unable to find a more generous patron, Vico had to excise three-quarters of the original 1,000 pages and have the work printed at his expense in a minute typeface, in 12mo, on low-quality paper (Croce, Bibliografi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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