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Lipsius, Justus
Les politiques de Iuste Lipsius: Comprenans en six livres la Doctrine qui concerne principalement le devoir du Prince & Magistrat Souverain, en temps de Paix & de Guerre, au gouvernement de l'Estat
Geneva: Pierre & Jacques Chouet 12mo (13.97 cm, 5.5"). [24] ff., 618 (i.e., 634) pp., [19] ff.. 1613 Second edition of political essays by the Belgian humanist Lipsius (Joest Lips, 1547–1606), with commentary by the author on the first three books and the beginning of the fourth, and with three newly edited indices at the end. Translated from the original Latin Politicorum sive civilis doctrinae libri sex (first edition 1589) by the French minister Simon Goulart (1543–1628), these six books, which draw heavily on classical authors (especially Tacitus), hold that the best form of government is principality, i.e., rule by one for the good of all, and that prudence and virtue are the very conditions of civility. The text is printed in roman and italic, with side- and shouldernotes; it is decorated with elegant woodcut initials against a floriated background, one factotum, a handful of head- and tailpieces, and a couple of small vignettes. The woodcut printer's device on the title-page has the monogram "AT" beneath a dolphin & anchor combination with the motto festina tarde, reminiscent of the Aldine device. This edition is not in NUC Pre-1956, and WorldCat locates => just one copy in the U.S. (with a variant imprint, "A Cologny"). Evidence of readership: A short biography of Lipsius in French has been written on the fly-leaves in early ink. Early vellum over flexible boards, somewhat stained and rubbed; evidence of four ties, and ink title to spine. Cropped close with very minor loss to a couple of running headlines and side- or shouldernotes; a few corner-tips torn away and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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