The Annotated Prince

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The Prince  (1513) 
by Niccolò Machiavelli, translated by W. K. Marriott

"Il Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. Originally called De Principatibus (About Principalities), it was written and circulated in 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. The treatise is not representative of the work published during his lifetime, but it is the most remembered, and the work responsible for bringing 'Machiavellian' into usage as a pejorative term."

—Excerpted from The Prince on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

This is the W. K. Marriott translation of the book—published by J. M. Dent (London) and E. P. Dutton (New York) 1908—taken from Project Gutenberg. It also includes a translation of A description of the methods adopted by the Duke Valentino when murdering Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto da Fermo, the Signor Pagolo, and the Duke di Gravina Orsini and The Life of Castruccio Castracani, as well as an introduction by Herbert Butterfield.

For his contribution to political philosophy, Machiavelli is commemorated by this statue at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
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