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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli


First English Edition. “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli first appeared in 1513 in a correspondence version under the title, “De Principatibus.”  It was first published five years after Machiavelli’s death in 1532 in Italian by Antonio Blado d’Asola. In 1640, the first English translation was published by R. Bishop in London. The work was written in response to the troubled conditions and dissonance in Italy, Machiavelli’s native country. Machiavelli developed a practical examination and guide of how power should function for ruling the people. His main topic was autocratic regimes where he focused on three themes:  political power, the art of war, and goodwill.

The impact of “The Prince” was widespread, including influencing William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, who would reference Machiavelli in their works. However, not all felt the same and in 1559 “The Prince” was placed on the Index of Prohibited Books. The English translation in 1640 was only published after the censorship broke down, but by 1643 the work was censored in England and it would be more than twenty years before it would be reprinted in English.

Today, “The Prince” is considered to be one of the foundational works of modern political philosophy and a classic work of political science.

TITLE: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Published: 1640

Catalogue: #0218


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