Gracián y Morales, Baltasar (1601-1658) The Courtiers Manual Oracle, or the Art of Prudence. London: by M. Flesher, for Abel Swalle, 1685. First English edition, a translation of Gracián y Morales's Oráculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia, octavo, bound in later half leather, title page stained, spotting and toning to leaves, 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.
Nietzsche wrote of the Oráculo, "Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety." Schopenhauer, who translated it into German, considered the book "Absolutely unique [...] a book made for constant use, a companion for life [for] those who wish to prosper in the great world."
A4, [a]8, [b]2, B-S8.
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