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English edition of Aristotle's Politics 1598  

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Aristotles Politiques, or, Discourses of Government. Translated out of Greeke into French, with Expositions taken out of the best Authours, specially out of Aristotle himselfe, and out of Plato ... by Loys Le Roy, called Regius. Translated out French into English



Adam Islip



[30], 393, [5] pp. (A-NN6 [-A1 & NN6]). Woodcut printer's device on title-page; woodcut initials. (folio) 29x18.5 cm (11½x7½"), early paneled calf, raised spine bands, morocco lettering pieces.

First edition in English of Aristotle's Politics and essentially the earliest obtainable English language printing of Aristotle. One of the foundational texts of political theory, Aristotle here analyzes the idea and possible forms of polity using his four causes and determines constitutional government to be the preferred form. This English language edition of Politics was of great import at the time of its publication, as the first tremors of self-government were beginning to shake England from monarchic absolutism. Aristotle's influence upon philosophical thought, even to this day, cannot be overstated. This work is preceded in English only by a 1547 abridged edition of the Nichomachean Ethics – no copy of which has been seen in the marketplace for many years. This book has itself now  become very rare in the marketplace.

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Joints expertly repaired; light marginal staining to title page and several prelims, and to the final leaf; lacking front and final blank; very good or better condition, a rare and important printing.

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