Rare and important first edition of “Trattati ovvero Discorsi sopra gli ottimi Reggimenti delle republiche antiche e moderne” by Bartolomeo Cavalcanti, here published in their full version.
First edition of this famous treatise on the best way to govern, which covers various aspects of it, including two essays on Aristotle's 'Politics', and it ends with three letters from the author about the reforms of the Republic. The volume is complete with Erizzo's treatise on civil government, also published here for the first time.
Adams C1178, Gamba 1308
A cornerstone of sixteenth-century political thought that found one of its most fruitful expressions among the opponents of the absolutism of the Medici.
A treatise on political theory that sets out the liberal, if not democratic, principles for a republican city government, with much attention devoted to public administration, economic policy, the progress of agricultural production, etc. Cavalcanti (1503-62), a Florentine scholar, historian and diplomat, is best known for his compendium of classical rhetoric (Retorica, 1559).
After the assassination of Alessandro de' Medici in 1537, he left Florence and lived in Ferrara and Rome, serving as a diplomat for Pope Paul III, and died in Padua. This treatise was published posthumously by Sebastiano Erizo and reprinted several times, with at least three editions in the nineteenth century.
In this perspective, the intellectual and political events of Cavalcanti constitute a privileged point of view to analyse the influence that Machiavelli exercised on the main Italian Lordships already in the early sixteenth century and which finds in this work one of the most convincing expressions.
FIRST EDITION of this famous treatise on the best way to govern, which includes Erizzo's treatise on civil government, also published here for the first time. Bartolomeo Cavalcanti (1503–1562) was a Florentine nobleman, writer and political opponent of the Medici. Sebastiano Erizzo (1525–1585) was an Italian humanist and numismatist.
Coeval parchment; brand on the title page and at the end of part one, numerous woodcut headpieces and initials. 2 parts in one volume. Pp. [iv] 172; ; 28. Typographic brands on the title page and on sheet y3v. Woodcut initials and friezes. Title handwritten on the spine signs of wear. Title page with small stamp, restorations on the hinges and inner margins of a few sheets.
CAVALCANTI, Bartolomeo. Trattati ouero Discorsi di m. Bartolomeo Caualcanti sopra gli ottimi reggimenti delle republiche antiche et moderne. Con un discorso di m. Sebastiano Erizo gentil’huomo vinitiano de gouerni ciuili.
Ne quali con molta dottrina si mostra quanto siano utili i gouerni pubblici & quanto necessari i priuati e particolari per conferuatione del genere humano dichiarandosi tutte le qualità de gli Stati.
In Venetia, (Giacomo Sansovino), 1571
(In Venetia, appresso Iacopo Sansouino il Giouane, 1570).
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- B. Cavalcanti
- Book Title
- Reggimenti delle Republiche [seguito da] Sebastiano Erizo gentil’huomo vinitiano de gouerni ciuili
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- In Venetia, appresso Iacopo Sansouino il Giouane
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 223×167 mm