1686 Anekdota Heterouriaka, or, the Secret History of the House of Medicis
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Scarce
The first English edition of this work.
ESTC citation number R2059.
A fascinating account of anecdotes of Florence history, and the formidable House of Medici.
Written in an anecdotal manner, this history vividly describes the life of the city.
This work was commissioned from Varillas from Gaston the Duke of Orleans and the King, to praise the Medicis. However the story ultimately displeased the King, and has been criticised for historical inaccuracies.
Originally written in French by Antoine Varillas.
Translated into English by Ferrand Spence.
First two works of the title are in Greek characters.
Bound without leaf A1.
In a full calf binding. Externally, generally smart, with some rubbing and marks to the boards and spine. Light bumping to the spine and extremities, with a little loss to the head and tail of the spine. A little loss to the spine label. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are age-toned with some odd spots. Faint tidemark to a few pages. Title page is a little worn with a closed tear.
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