Durham, N.C. Duke University Press, 1965. First Edition. Octavo. Item #021452
Machiavelli; the Chief Works and Others. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1965. First Edition. Octavo. In three volumes inscribed by Gilbert to "President Robert F. Oxnam/with my best regards/Allan Gilbert". The translator includes all of the works on which depends the fame of Machiavelli, and a considerable number of the secondary writings. He also includes a large part of his verse, which are seldom translated, and with others of literary quality. Machiavelli has been known as historian and a political thinker, but he was also a poet. The index has been especially designed to supply cross references, so that all passages in which Machiavelli deals with any topic can easily be brought together. The controversial owner, Bishop Oxnam, was known not only for his near heretical statements of theology infuriating the conservative Methodist but he also held his own and embarrassed the members of the House of Unamerican Activities Committee by displaying his diary and pointing out their erroneous statements. A fine set bound in gray cloth, spine lettering gilt over red, housed within publisher's slipcase with pictorial paste down label.