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CHRONICLE, CONTEYNING THE LIVES OF TENNE EMPEROURS OF ROME. Wherin Are Discouered, Their Beginnings, Proceedings, and Endings, Worthie to Be Read, Marked, and Remembered Wherein Are Also Conteyned Lawes of Speciall Profite and Policie, Sentences of Singular Shortnesse and Sweetenesse, Orations of Great Gravitie and Wisedome, Letters of Rare Learning and Eloquence, Examples of Vices Carefully to be Avoyded, and Notable Paternes of Vertue Fruitfull to be Followed.... Translated Out of the Spanish into English by Edward Hellowes... Hereunto is also annexed a table, recapitulating such particularities, as are in this booke mentioned
London: Ralphe Newberrie, 1577. Very Rare, the first and presumed only edition in English. Title-page within elaborate woodcut border, very large woodcut initial and woodcut headpiece on the first leaf of the dedication, smaller woodcut initials throughout. Small 4to, in 18th century mottled calf, sometime rebacked to perfect period style featuring simple gilt ruled raised bands and a single morocco lettering label gilt lettered and tooled, endpapers marbled, with the 1724 armorial bookplate of George Baillie, Lord of the Treasury, Lord of the Admiralty, and MP of both the Parliaments of Scotland and Great Britain. Later provenance of Brent Gration-Maxfield with his characteristic manuscript ex-libris and notes on the front blanks. [8], 484, [10] pp., collated as complete but for the final blank. A very handsome and proper copy of the rare book. The text quite solid and fresh with only occasional and light evidence of soiling or stain, extremely minor worming through the first quarter or so in the inner bottom margin and not effecting any text whatsoever. A copy with excellent provenance throughout the 18th and 20th centuries. VERY SCARCE, THIS COPY THE ONLY ONE IN PUBLIC AUCTION GOING BACK AS FAR AS 1972, this being the Gration-Maxfield copy, Sotheby's, London, February 9, 1981. Fewer than 20 copies are listed in institutional holdings by OCLC, and we know of no other copy currently available. THE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION IN ENGLISH. Guevara was an important Spanish court preacher and served as historian to the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain, Charles V. This work, published in Spain in 1539 as Decada de los C├ęsares, was written in imitation of the manner of Plutarch and Suetonius; and also the Epistolas Familiares. It is a collection of formal essays designed primarily to use classical examples to promote virtuous living in his own century. Like his MARCUS AURELIUS, it also served largely to argue the importance of modern sovereigns. Guevara's influence upon the Spanish prose of the 16th century was considerable, but also of great literary controversy. Many of the characters and events depicted in both this work and the Aurelius have too-close-to-be-coincidence counterparts in the court of which he was part of, yet he claimed these works as historically accurate, referring to a "manuscript in Florence" which was almost certainly imaginary.
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