The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione [FIRST EDITION PAPERBACK] 1959 • Anchor Books
The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione
FIRST U.S. PAPERBACK PRINTING  ANCHOR BOOKS • DOUBLEDAY
Extremely rare U.S. first edition paperback. First edition with a new translation by Charles S. Singleton.
Antique paperback in very good condition. Strong, tight and seemingly unread. White acid-free paper that looks and reads as new. Some tanning to wraps. Gorgeous!
Widely acknowledged as the sixteenth century's most significant handbook on leadership, The Book of the Courtier offers an insider's view of court life and culture during the Renaissance. Set in 1507, when the author himself was an attaché to the Duke of Urbino, the book consists of a series of fictional conversations between members of the Duke's retinue. All aspects of leadership come under discussion, but the primary focus rests upon the relationship between advisors and those whom they counsel. Ever-relevant subjects include the decision-making process, maintaining an ethical stance, and the best ways of interacting with authority figures.