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The Life of Lorenzo de' Medici, Called the Magnificent

By William Roscoe

1800

T Cadell and W. Davies : London

9" by 5.5"

xxxv, 426pp; 427pp; 435pp

 

 

 

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A smartly bound three volume biography about Lorenzo de' Medici, written by William Roscoe.

Complete in three volumes. Lorenzo de' Medici was the most enthusiastic and powerful patron of Renaissance culture in Italy, as well as being an Italian statesman, the ruler of the Florentine Republic. A member of the infamous Medici family, Lorenzo was known as Lorenzo the Magnificent. Lorenzo's love of art led him to sponsor artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. He was greatly revered during his life, being considered the wisest member of his family. He married Clarice Orsini, with whom he had ten children. His children that survived childhood all went on to great things, either great marriages, or powerful careers. Written by William Roscoe. Roscoe was a historian, art collector, botanic, and M.P. He was a prolific poet, writing his first, 'Mount Pleasant', when he was just sixteen, which awarded him acclaim from critics. He pursued Italian studies, which resulted in this biography, which was well received among historians. Illustrated with head pieces to each chapter. With ink inscriptions to the recto to the front free endpapers of Volumes I and II, 'H. O. Coxe'. This could possibly be Henry Octavius Coxe, who was an English librarian at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and a scholar.

CONDITION

Rebound in a half calf binding with paper to the boards. Externally, smart. Minor fading and marking to the spines only. Ink inscription to the recto to the front free endpapers of Volumes I and II. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with scattered spots, and light offsetting to some pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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