First English Edition
BALZAC, Jean Louis Guez. Aristippus. Or, Monsr. de Balsac's Masterpiece. Being A Discourse Concerning the CourtWith an Exact Table of the Principall Matter. Englished by R.W. London: Tho. Newcomb for Nat Eakins , 1659.
First English edition. Twelvemo (2 15/16 x 5 1/8 inches). [16], 159, [17, table] pp.

Full speckled calf, rebacked to style. edges speckled light red. Inner hinges expertly repaired. Previous owner's small ink marking on title-page, not affecting text. A few pages with very light foxing. Overall a very good copy.

"Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, essayist and stylist, a gentleman of the Angoumois, is remembered as having perfected French prose (as Malherbe perfected French verse), making it orderly and lucid, constructing the eloquent period (based on assiduous study of Latin authors, esp. Cicero), and so preparing the way for Pascal and Bossuet. His works, much admired in their day, include...Aristippe, on wisdom in political administration." (The Concise Oxford Dictionary of French Literature, 38).

The Aristippus is a "Treatise on the duties of sovereigns, dedicated to Christina of Sweden." (Universal Pronouncing Dictionary of Biography and Mythology, Thomas, 271). "[It} intended to portray the ideal statesman." (Library of the World's Best Literature, Warner, 39).

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