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POLITICALL REFLECTIONS Upon The GOVERNMENT Of The TURKS.Ê Nicolas Machiavel: The King of SwedenÕs Descent into Germany: The Conspiracy of Piso and Vindex against Nero: The Greatnesse and Corruption of the Court of Rome: The Election of Pope Leo the XI: The Defection from the Church of Rome: Martin Luther.
Printed by J[ohn]. G[rismond]. for Thomas Robinson in Oxford., London: 1656 - Head- tailpieces. Decorative initial capital letters. Around 1650, Osborne left public service & moved to Oxford, where, for the "last eight years of his life he published a series of historical, political, and moral works, which were read widely during the Restoration and early 18th C. His thinking shows the influence of Hobbes, whose Ôgreat acquaintanceÕ he was (Brief Lives, 1.370)." Osborne is best known for his Advice to a Son, which made him somewhat a celebrity, and helped occasion Pepys' "fondly calling the author Ômy father OsborneÕ and recording in his Diary that Sir William Petty listed the Advice with Browne's Religio Medici and Butler's Hudibras as the works Ômost esteemed and generally cried up for wit in the worldÕ (Pepys, Diary, 19 Oct 1661; 27 Jan 1664)." [ODNB]. Here in this work, Osborne reflects on the greatness of the Ottoman Empire, though Madan notes Osborne was taken to task for his section on Machiavel, for it greatly resembled a 1642 pamphlet entitled "The Atheistical Politician, or a Briefe Discourse concerning Ni. Machiavell". Politicall Reflections a somewhat scarce title in the trade, appearing at auction only a couple times a decade, where, we note on ABPC, in 2008, a 2nd edition fetched close to $3000. Bit of splay to boards. Period po sums to eps. A VG copy. Period full brown calf boards with modern respining to style. Gilt lettered maroon leather title label in second spine compartment. 12mo: A - H^12 I^6. 5-3/4" x 3-1/4". 1st edition (Wing O-518; cf Madan 2305 for a different edition). [8], 112, 111 - 194 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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