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De Optimo Senatore
Basle: Ostenius, 1593. Title; epistle to King Sigismund; 1-290; (xiv)(index leaves) pages. Bound with . VIGNIERIUS, Nicolaus. De Venetorum Excommunicatione. Saumur: 1606. Title: epistle to Paul V: 1-43 pages. Front endpaper and next two text leaves slightly ragged to one corner not affecting the text, inner hinge slightly spreading leaving a gap between the front cover and the text block otherwise firm. Contemporary yapp vellum. An attractive copy of an important political text and Shakespearian source which was first published in 1568. The particular significance of Goslicius' book lies in its bearing upon Polonius, the well-meaning counsellor in Hamlet. Shakespeare must have been thinking of the Polishman Goslicius' book when he put into Polonius' mouth the sententious utterances of e.g. the famous lines "neither a borrower nor a lender be ." (Polonus is Latin for Pole). Two books bound in one. Very Good. Small 8vo. Book.
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