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The Art of War. In Seven Books. To which is added, Hints relative to Warfare, By a Gentleman of the State of New York
Printed by Henry C. Southwick, Albany 1815 - First American edition and the first of anything by Machiavelli published in America. With seven folding plans showing twelve battle forms, ten text diagrams in the "Hints relative to Warfare." 349,[1]pp. 8vo. First published in 1521 by the "founder of the science of modern politics" Machiaveli puts forth his beliefs on war and emphasizes the necessity of a standing trained national military for a country to retain its independence. Following the "Art of War" is a short work entitled "Some Anecdotes; relating to the Life and Writings of Nicolas Machiavel, collected from Various Authors." The "Hints relative to Torpedo Warfare" follows the "Anecdotes." The author of this work states in his introduction: "It being the duty of every friend of his country, in times like the present, to devote his faculties to the public good - the Author of the following Hints, has thought proper to take this method of giving private circulation to a description of some instruments of destruction, and of improvements in others, to be used in warfare. They are the fruits of his own invention; and if any of them should be found useful in chastising an arrogant and unprincipled foe, the Inventor, in common with his fellow-citizens, will have just reasons for rejoicing in the success with which any of them may be attended ? " This work is generally attributed to Robert Fulton, but Rink thinks not. Rink "Technical Americana" 2144; Shaw and Shoemaker 35164 Original paper-backed printed boards, uncut, with advertisements for Riley's bookstore reading "300,000 Volumes of Books, in all Classes of Literature will be sold uncommonly cheap, as asked for at No. 39, Prune-street, Philadelphia, within six Months by [ illegible] Riley." The lower cover reads "One Thousand Volumes of Pamphlets on Political, Religious, Commerial, Philosophical and Almost every other subject for sale Cheap, at No. 39, Prune-street Philadelphia." Rebacked, boards rubbed with some loss of text, embossed ownership stamp on title and marks of removed booksplates from endpapers, some light spotting and browning of text With seven folding plans showing twelve battle forms, ten text diagrams in the "Hints relative to Warfare." 349,[1]pp. 8vo First American edition and the first of anything by Machiavelli published in America. [Attributes: First Edition]
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