BY A FRIEND OF MACHIAVELLIFROM THE LIBRARY OF THE SECRETARY TO HENRI II, PRINCE DE CONDÉ

Diario de’ successi piu importanti seguiti in Italia, & particolarmente in Fiorenza dall’anno 1498 in fino all’anno 1512.  Raccolto da Biagio Buonaccorsi in que’ tempi coadiutore in Segreteria de Magnifici Signori Dieci della Guerra della città di Fiorenza. Con la Vita del magnifico Lorenzo de’ Medici il Vecchio, scritta da Niccolò Valori Patrizio Fiorentino.  Nuovamenti posti in luce. 

Florence, Filippo & Jacopo Giunta, 1568. 

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MALESPINI, Ricordano, and Giachetto MALESPINI.  Historia Antica di Ricordano Malespini Gentil’huomo Fiorentino dall’edificazione di Fiorenza per infino all’anno M.CCLXXXI.  Con l’aggiunta di Giachetto suo nipote dal detto anno per infino al 1286.  Nuovamente posta in luce.  Florence, Filippo & Jacopo Giunta, 1568

Two works in one vol., 4to, pp. Historia: [14], [2 (blank)], ‘173’ (recte 175), [17], Diario: [56], 184, [8]; several quires of the Diario misbound, bifolium 2A2.3 of index bound after the title; large woodcut Giunta devices to Historia title and to both colophons, woodcut Medici arms to Diario title, woodcut initials and head-pieces; occasional very light foxing, but very good copies; bound in contemporary stiff vellum, vestigial ties to fore-edge, spine lettered in ink with later gilt morocco label; partial losses to endbands, some light wear to covers; near-contemporary ownership inscription ‘Di Claud. Enoch Virey’ to Historia title (see below).

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Diario de’ successi piu importanti seguiti in Italia, & particolarmente in Fiorenza dall’anno 1498 in fino all’anno 1512.  Raccolto da Biagio Buonaccorsi in que’ tempi coadiutore in Segreteria de Magnifici Signori Dieci della Guerra della città di Fiorenza. Con la Vita del magnifico Lorenzo de’ Medici il Vecchio, scritta da Niccolò Valori Patrizio Fiorentino.  Nuovamenti posti in luce. 

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First edition of an insider account of Medici politics by Biagio Buonaccorsi (1472–1522), colleague and confidant of Machiavelli, bound with the first edition of Malespini’s history of Florence and owned by Claude-Enoch Virey, secretary to Henri II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé. 

In 1498, Machiavelli assumed the role of secretary to the Dieci della Guerra, the Florentine council responsible for matters of warfare and diplomacy; in the same year Buonaccorsi, a notary, was employed as Machiavelli’s assistant and ‘soon became his most fervent admirer and friend, as evidenced by the many letters the pair exchanged between 1499 and 1512’ (DBI trans.).  His Diario is a chronological account of Florentine and Italian history and provides valuable firsthand insights into the politics of Machiavellian Florence, recording precise details, key figures, and dates of battles in the Italian Wars, as well as decisions taken by the Dieci; though it would only be published posthumously, it was well-known by his contemporaries and would serve as the primary basis of Jacopo Nardi's important Storie della Città di Firenze (1582).

Prior to its publication the Diario circulated widely in manuscript among Buonaccorsi’s contemporaries, with some twenty-one surviving copies are recorded in Moyer (The Intellectual World of Sixteenth-Century Florence (2020), p. 78).  Buonaccorsi’s relationship with Machiavelli, combined with the content and scope of his Diario – which spans the period of his employment by Machiavelli and ends in 1512, when the Medici were ousted from power – has resulted in frequent though false attributions to Machiavelli himself. 

Provenance: The title-page bears the ownership inscription of Claude-Enoch Virey (1566–1636), secretary to Henri II de Bourbon, Prince of Condé.  Virey had studied law in Padua, and amassed a library of over four thousand volumes during his lifetime, later expanded by his son, Jean-Christophle. 

Diario: BM STC Italian, p. 130; EDIT16 7829; USTC 817155; Adams B-3275; Brunet I, col. 1393; Gamba 635; Graesse I, p. 573; Pettas, pp. 247-8.  Historia: BM STC Italian, p. 406; EDIT16 28306; USTC 839758; Adams M-293; Brunet IV, col. 1337; Gamba 1274; Graesse IV, p. 351. 

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An interesting sammelband relating largely to Scottish legal cases, containing 12 items unrecorded on ESTC, COPAC and OCLC. The cases include those of a Kilbagie distiller convicted of bribery; of Sir William Erskine of Torrie against a London banking house; of a St Andrews minister convicted of perjury; of a forged bill presented at the counting house of Sir William Forbes; and of an Aberdeen-based troupe of musicians.

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1. [BREBNER, John.] Information for John Brebner late merchant of Halifax, now residing in Aberdeen, defender and pursuer, against William Sibbald merchant in Leith, pursuer and defender. Lord Hailes Reporter. [Edinburgh], 12 July 1785.
pp. 33, [1], 16; side notes slightly trimmed, short closed tear to last leaf (without loss), last page dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. The defendant claiming to have been duped in business conducted in North America and the West Indies.

2. [STEIN, James.] George, &c. Forasmuchas it is humbly meaned and complained unto us, by our right trusty Ilay Campbell, Esq; our advocate for our interest, upon James Stein distiller at Kilbagie ... that whereas, by the laws of this realm, bribery and corruption, especially when practiced by a distiller ... [Edinburgh, 1785].
pp. 8. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. Stein found guilty of attempted bribery.

3. [STEIN, James.] Information for Ilay Campbell, Esq; his majesty’s advocate of Scotland against James Stein distiller at Kilbagie. [Edinburgh], 23 September 1786.

pp. 16. Not on ESTC; 1 copy on OCLC (BL).

4. [STEIN, James.] Clauses in the statutes referred to in the information for James Stein, under the different heads bribery, forgery, and perjury. [Edinburgh, 1786].

pp. 15, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

5. [STEIN, James.] Information for James Stein, distiller at Kilbeggie; against Ilay Campbell, Esq; his majesty’s advocate of Scotland. [Edinburgh], 31 October 1786.

pp. [2], 33, [1 blank]; small stain to title, small loss to blank margin of F1. Not on ESTC; 1 copy on OCLC (BL).

6. [ERSKINE, William.] Information for Robert, Henry, George, and Andrew-Berkley Drummond, bankers in London, defenders; against Sir William Erskine, and others, creditors of Hugh and Archibald Seton, pursuers. To be reported to Lord Swinton. [Edinburgh], 20 April 1787.

pp. 29, [1 blank]; small closed marginal tear to D1. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

7. [ERSKINE, William.] Information for Sir William Erskine of Torry, and for the other creditors of Hugh Seton of Touch, Esq; and of Archibald Seton, Esq; his eldest son, pursuers; against Hugh Powel ... and Robert, Henry, George and Andrew-Berkley Drummond ... London, bankers, defenders. To be reported by Lord Swinton. [Edinburgh], 20 April 1787.

pp. 39, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

8. [ERSKINE, William.] Report and exhibits in the process Sir William Erskine, &c. against Robert, Henry, &c. Drummonds, Esqrs. [Edinburgh, 1787].

pp. [2], 75, [1 blank]; last page dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

9. [LESLIE, William.] Criminal letters, against the reverend Mr William Leslie. [Edinburgh, 1787].
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10. [LESLIE, William.] Information for the rev. Mr William Leslie, minister of the parish of St Andrews and Longbride, pannel; against Alexander Penrose-Cumming of Altyre, Esq; with concourse of his majesty’s advocate, prosecutor. [Edinburgh], 15 January 1787.
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11. [GRAHAM, Mary.] June 12, 1772. Unto the right honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Mary Graham, relict of John Grinlay, and John Graham of Redfoord, her nephew. [Edinburgh], 12 June 1772.

pp. 8; imperfect, wanting part of leaf B2 and text thereafter; dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

12. [FORBES, William.] Unto the right honourable, the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Sir William Forbes, James Hunter, and Company, bankers in Edinburgh. [Edinburgh], 29 February 1788.

pp. 21, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

13. [BRIERLY, Joseph.] Memorial for Joseph Brierly and George-Stevens Sutherland, musicians, suspenders; against George Forbes, procurator-fiscal of the borough of Aberdeen, charger. Bill of suspension. Lord Henderland reporter. [Edinburgh], 8 March 1787.

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14. [FRASER, Alexander.] Articles and conditions relative to the tacks of Alexander Fraser, Esq; of Strichen. [Aberdeen?, 1781?].

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15. [DOCKYARDS.] Copy of a letter from the right honourable Lord Sydney ... to his grace the Duke of Richmond ... appointing his grace president of the board of land and sea officers for investigating ... his majesty’s dock yards at Portsmouth and Plymouth ... [London], 1786.

pp. 19, [1 blank]; pages folded to fit in volume. ESTC T128818 (5 copies).

16. [DOCKYARDS.] Copy of an estimate of the expense of fortifying his majesty’s dock yards at Portsmouth and Plymouth, by the committee of engineers at the Tower ... [London], 1786.

pp. 6, [2]; pages folded to fit in volume. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

17. Case of the dean and faculty of advocates, clerks to his majesty’s signet, and other members of the College of Justice, in Scotland. [Edinburgh], 1786.

pp. 4. Not on ESTC; OCLC shows 1 copy at the University of California.

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