Amstelodami [Amsterdam]: apud Ioh. Ianssonium Iuniorem, 1659. Early Reprint. Vellum. Pocket edition of the most important anti-Machiavellian book of the seventeenth century, as well one of the most popular and most beautiful Spanish seventeenth-century emblem books. Text in Latin. 12mo (127 x 70mm): ,832,pp, with engraved title page, 101 full-page copper-engraved emblems within borders of varying designs after Johannes Sadeler, and a final unnumbered plate beneath a brief obituary of the author ("Magni Politici), showing skull, tomb, and other images of death with the banner "Ludibria Mortis." Contemporary vellum, faded title in manuscript to spine, page edges sprinkled blue; cloth-covered slipcase with brown morocco lettering piece gilt. An exceptionally crisp, clean copy. Modeled after the Milan issue of 1642, which corrects the errata discovered in the first edition of 1640. This edition not in Praz, Palau, Landwehr (Low Countries) or Landwehr (Dutch). Fine. Item #BB0438
Saaevdra was a diplomat and man of letters, but is best know as a political thinker and for this, his most erudite work. The Idea of a Christian Political Prince compiles more than a hundred short essays, or maxims, illustrated with emblems in the style of Andrea Alciato's Emblemata. Sententious, mainly moral, and philosophical in character, they were written for the education of the son of King Philip IV. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.