1557 1st ENGLISH FOLIO Marcus Aurelius Meditations + Guevara Diall of Princes

GUEVARA, Antonio de

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Antonio Guevara, a 15th-century man of letters, grew up in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella in Spain. His work, now, is considered of little more than historical interest, but his writing style and contents reflect the tastes of the court of Charles V, who he was writing for later in his life.

 

Two of his most famous works were ‘Book of Marcus Aurelius’ and ‘Diall of Princes’. The latter is an instructional novel written to provide modern rulers with direction on their reign and power. It reverences historical works of Cicero and Plutarch along with commentary on the military and political decision making of Roman Caesars, Alexander the Great, Xerxes, and of course Marcus Aurelius.

 

‘Libro di Marco Aurelio’ features a lengthy biography of Marcus Aurelius and includes published letters and ‘Meditations’ of Emperor Aurelius. This treatise is work on Spanish morality through the lens of the life of the famed Roman Emperor. From about 1530 to the end of the century, a notable increase of interest in Marcus Aurelius can be seen in Western Art. Guevara wrote this book hoping to capture some of the profits that could be gained from promoting Marcus Aurelius.

 

Note on dating speculation – while the title page and end papers of this example are lacking, the 1557 edition of Thomas North’s Guevara includes a dedication page beginning with “to the mooste hyghe and vertuouse” which is present in this volume. (Burton 5455). Impressive first English folio edition.

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1557 1st ENGLISH FOLIO Marcus Aurelius Meditations + Guevara Diall of Princes

 

Antonio Guevara, a 15th-century man of letters, grew up in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella in Spain. His work, now, is considered of little more than historical interest, but his writing style and contents reflect the tastes of the court of Charles V, who he was writing for later in his life.

 

Two of his most famous works were ‘Book of Marcus Aurelius’ and ‘Diall of Princes’. The latter is an instructional novel written to provide modern rulers with direction on their reign and power. It reverences historical works of Cicero and Plutarch along with commentary on the military and political decision making of Roman Caesars, Alexander the Great, Xerxes, and of course Marcus Aurelius.

 

‘Libro di Marco Aurelio’ features a lengthy biography of Marcus Aurelius and includes published letters and ‘Meditations’ of Emperor Aurelius. This treatise is work on Spanish morality through the lens of the life of the famed Roman Emperor. From about 1530 to the end of the century, a notable increase of interest in Marcus Aurelius can be seen in Western Art. Guevara wrote this book hoping to capture some of the profits that could be gained from promoting Marcus Aurelius.

 

Note on dating speculation – while the title page and end papers of this example are lacking, the 1557 edition of Thomas North’s Guevara includes a dedication page beginning with “to the mooste hyghe and vertuouse” which is present in this volume. (Burton 5455). Impressive first English folio edition.

                                 

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GUEVARA, Antonio de

 

The diall of princes. Compiled by the reuerende father in God, Don Anthony of Gueuara, Bysshop of Guadix. Preacher and cronicler, to Charles the fyft Emperour of Rome. Englysshed oute of the Frenche, by Thomas North, seconde sonne of the Lorde North. Ryght necessary and pleasaunt, to all gentylmen and others whiche are louers of vertue. Anno. 1557

 

Imprinted at London: By [Thomas Marsh for] Iohn Waylande, [1557] 1st edition

 

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  • Collation:
    • [11 prelims present], 218 folio sheets (of 268)
  • References: Burton, Bibliotheca Dramatica; USTC 505434; ESTC S 120703
  • Language: English, black letter
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~10.5in X 7.25in (27cm x 18cm)
  • Extremely rare and desirable work

 

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9578

Categories

Classical Greco-Roman

European History

Authors

GUEVARA, Antonio de

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent