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1642 THE IDEA OF A CHRISTIAN POLITICAL PRINCE D. SAAVEDRA FAJARDO 100 EMBLEM ILLUSTRATIONS $
Monaco, Milan 1642 - THE IDEA OF A CHRISTIAN POLITICAL PRINCE IDEA DE UN PRINCIPE POLITICO CHRISTIANO REPRESENTADA EN CIEN EMPRESAS 1642; Diego de Saavedra Fajardo; Early Copy; Monaco 1640, Milan 1642; Rebound Leather, Re-backed/cornered cloth; Profusely Illustrated; 18, 753, 2 Pages; w6.8"xh8.8"; Spanish Text; Extremely Rare!!! ATTRIBUTES: A Charming, sleek Morocco dark brown leather cover design with dark blue/black cloth binding/corners, three leather/gold spine labels, red page edges, with a brilliant illustrative title page and 100 Excellent Emblematic Illustrations throughout; Very Small Partial Lion Crest to front board!!! BACKGROUND: Diego de Saavedra Fajardo ((1584-05-06)6 May 1584 – 1648) was a Spanish diplomat and man of letters. Saavedra's Idea de un príncipe político cristiano ("The Idea of a Christian political prince", 1640) was a very erudite work that uses the literary sort of emblem, put by Andrea Alciato with his Emblemata translated in 1549 and that has a mainly moral and philosophical character. His work, however, was mainly inspired by the Emblemata política (1618), by Jakob Bruck Angermunt, being the intention of the author to compose a guide for the suitable political formation of a Christian prince. As a historian wrote Corona gótica, castellana y austríaca (1648), that tried to be a biographical repertoire of the Visigothic kings of Spain. We can affirm that of all the Spanish emblem books that make use of the discursive emblematic structure, that of Diego Saavedra Fajardo is the one that best reveals the preoccupations of the Hispanic world of his day, and the one which possesses the greatest degree of interweaving of the universality native to the emblem with the concrete historical and political background of Spain in the first half of the seventeenth century. This is nothing more than a reflection of the personality of the book’s author, an indefatigable traveler to all the European courts in the defense of the interests of a Monarchy immersed in endless disputes. In 1640, when the first edition of the Idea de un príncipe político cristiano representada en cien empresas appears, the disintegration of the Spanish Empire was a fact made manifest in the insurrections of Catalonia and Portugal, the culmination of a long series of conflicts which, following the ascension to power of Count-Duke Olivares, intensified on all fronts. The direct, first-hand knowledge of the complexities of political negotiation, not always an immaculate exercise, combined with a moral reflection tied to the values of the Counter Reformation, in conjunction with the distillation of broad readings, resulted in a body of work whose primary intent is to orient and instruct the good ruler. CONDITION: Condition is Good/Very Good. Some wear to edges, few stress lines down spines/labels/hinges, some notes to first end page, pages are very good, hinges/text block are good, everything together but would handle with care, lacks pages 259-262, one corner torn and restored-missing some words, spine bends in a bit when opened, small blemish on a couple pages. Overall, for over 370 years old its in Good/Very Good Condition!!! World Shipping $34.99, Canada $24.99 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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