The first work of modern political philosophy: Niccolò Machiavelli's famous magnum opus

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

Italy — 1527

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

Italy — 1527

  1. Niccolò Machiavelli’s (1469–1527) famous and controversial magnum opus in a gorgeous 16th century manuscript

  2. The Roman copyist Genesio de la Barrera created the work in 1527, the year of Machiavelli's death

  3. This luxurious contemporary specimen predates the printed version, which first appeared in 1532

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

Alternative Titles:
  • Il Principe
  • Der Fürst von Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli – Barberiniano latino 5093 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
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Short Description

Niccolo Machiavelli’s famous and controversial political-historical magnum opus in a gorgeous 16th century manuscript. Here, Machiavelli accounts for his ideal of a Renaissance ruler in his famous handbook on political power and founded therewith the concept of Machiavellianism, which has an impact on politics to this day. The luxurious manuscript presented here is an impressive testimonial for the significance of this work, which experienced its success after it was published in printed form.

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

This gorgeous manuscript from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana originated during the year of Machiavelli’s death, 1527, in Italy, probably Rome. The luxuriously decorated book was surely the commission of a high-ranking patron and is adorned inter alia with 27 gorgeously designed initials. The Roman copyist Genesio de la Barrera is responsible for the splendid work, and transcribed Machiavelli’s Il Principe with Italian text for this manuscript.

The Founder of Machiavellianism

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469–1527) began his political career in the Republic of Florence where he was active as a senior official in the Palazzo Vecchio. As a diplomat, he became acquainted with the various leaders of Europe, from the Pope to the Kaiser. Additionally, Machiavelli occupied a leading position in military affairs, which is why he fell into disgrace after the Medici’s 1512 seizure of power in Florence – he was fined, tortured, and banished from the city. He subsequently went into seclusion and pursued his literary creation henceforth that has made him famous to this day. He recorded inter alia a history of Florence, a treatise on the art of war, and above all his famous magnum opus Il Principe.

The Ruthless Prince

Il PrincipeThe Prince – is dedicated to Piero de’ Medici. With this manuscript from the year 1513, Machiavelli composed a handbook on political power, which became one of the most important books on politics in history! Here the author describes his ideal conception of a Renaissance ruler. He presents the art of political leadership regardless of the consequences. The motto “the ends justify the means” culminating in ruthlessness and violence ensured that the work was both revered and maligned from the beginning.

The Triumph of Il Principe

Il Principe made its author the template for numerous politicians and rulers up to the modern period and shaped the concept of Machiavellianism. The work appeared in printed form beginning in 1532 and in this way spread across Europe and eventually the world. Nevertheless, the wonderful, luxuriously-designed manuscript from 1527 offers the opportunity to discover this work within its historical framework!

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Il Principe
Der Fürst von Niccolò Machiavelli
Size / Format
176 pages / 18.0 x 12.0 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
1527
Language
Artist / School

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli“

Il Principe
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli – Barberiniano latino 5093 – Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican City, State of the Vatican City)
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Il Principe

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana - Treccani – Rome
Limited Edition
499 copies
Binding
Leather
Commentary
1 volume (300 pages)
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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