Botero, Giovanni (1540-1617) Observations upon the Lives of Alexander, Caesar, Scipio. Newly Englished.
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Botero, Giovanni (1540-1617) Observations upon the Lives of Alexander, Caesar, Scipio. Newly Englished. London: Printed by A. Islip for Iohn Iaggard, 1602. First edition in English; rare, five U.S. copies in ESTC; no auction sales since 1962, ex libris Anthony Jaggard of Winfrith Court, with bookplate, bound in modern full speckled calf, period style, title slightly toned, early signatures to title, 5 x 3 1/4 in.
Botero argued against the amoral political philosophy of Machiavelli's The Prince on religious grounds, and because in his opinion, it simply would not work. Inspired more by Aquinas, Botero's basic philosophy was more liberal and a precursor to the work of Locke and Adam Smith. In this work, he reflects on the lives of three leaders of the ancient world.
A-P8, (lacking A1, blank save signature mark), Q3, (lacking final blank Q4).
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