Baldessare Castiglione - The Book of the Courtier

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The Book of the Courtier This English translation of The Book of the Courtier is that of Sir Thomas Hoby (1561) as edited by Walter Raleigh for David Nutt, Publisher, London, 1900, and partakes of the virtues and faults, as may be, of that edition. It was transcribed by R.S. Bear at the University of Oregon during the summer of 1997. This edition is provided to the public for nonprofit purposes only; the design is copyright © 1997 The University of Oregon. Corrections and comments to the Publis
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     The Book of the Courtier This English translation of The Book of the Courtier is that of Sir Thomas Hoby (1561) as edited byWalter Raleigh for David Nutt, Publisher, London,1900, and partakes of the virtues and faults, as maybe, of that edition. It was transcribed by R.S. Bearat theUniversity of Oregonduring the summer of1997. This edition is provided to the public fornonprofit purposes only; the design is copyright ©1997 The University of Oregon. Corrections andcomments to the Publisher, rbear[at]uoregon.edu.This online text is dedicated to my parents, ThomasE. Smith and Martha M. L. Smith, who sought toinstill in me the virtues taught herein. R. Bear, June,1997. o   A letter that the Author writt to the LadyVictoria Columna Marquess of Pescara, whomhe mentioneth in the Epistle before hisbooke.  o   A brief rehersall of the chiefe conditions andqualities in a Courtier.  o   Of the chief conditions and qualityes in awayting gentylwoman.   THE COURTYER OF COUNT BALDESSAR CASTILIOdivided into foure bookes.Very necessary and profitatable for yongeGentilmen and Gentilwomen abiding in Court,Palaice or Place, done into Englyshe by ThomasHoby.   Imprinted at London by Wyllyam Seres at the signeof the Hedghogge, 1561.  THE CONTENTES OF THE BOOKEThe first booke, entreateth of the perfectqualities of a Courtier.The second, of the use of them, and ofmerie Jestes and Pranckes.The thirde, of the condicions and qualities ofa waytinge Gentillwoman.The fourth, of the end of a Courtier, and ofhonest love.  THE PRINTER TO THE READERgreetyng.N OWE at the length (gentle reader) throughthe diligence of Maister Hoby in penninge,and mine in printing, thou hast here setforth unto thee, the booke of the Courtier: which for thy benefite had bene done longesince, but that there were certain places init whiche of late yeares beeing misliked ofsome, that had the perusing of it (with whatreason judge thou) the Authour thought itmuch better to keepe it in darknes a while,then to put it in light unperfect and inpeecemeale to serve the time. Use ittherfore, and so peruse it, that for thyprofite, first he, and then I, maye thinkeour travayle herein wel imployed.   Fare well.  
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