Saavedra Fajardo, Diego de.

THE ROYAL POLITICIAN represented in one hundred emblems. Written in Spanish by Don Diego Saavedra Faxardo, Knight of the order of St. Jago, plenipotentiary ambassador to the cantons of Switzerland, at the imperial Diet at Ratisbon, at the famous treaty of Munster, and of the supreme council of State for both the Indies. With a large preface, containing an account of the author, his works, and the usefulness thereof. Done into English from the original. By Sir Ja. Astry.

Published: Printed for Matt Gylliflower

Date: 1700

1st Translated Ed. 2 vols. Crown 8vo. [xx] + 376pp. + [iv] + 139pp. + pp.(144-384) + [ii]. 100 copper engravings. Some browning, ex.-libris Arthur Houlton, inscription, contemporary calf boards, vol. 1 mottled calf, vol. 2. panelled calf, uniformly and skilfully rebacked in modern gilt rule edged raised bands with gilt lettered title labels to spines.

Scarce. ESTC R21588. ‘A translation, by James Astry, of Saavedra Fajardo, Diego de. Idea de un príncipe político-cristiano. Each volume with portrait of William Duke of Glocester on pi1v. Volume 2 has separate dated title page, pagination, and register. Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), S211.’ Diego de Saavedra Fajardo, (1584-1648), Spanish diplomat and man of letters, best known for the above anti-Machiavellian emblem book, ‘the Idea de un príncipe político cristiano’ (1640; The Royal Politician), a hundred short essays about the education of a prince. These sententious works were written primarily for the son of King Philip IV. It passed through a number of editions and was translated into several languages.


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