The first Italian edition of Machiavelli’s Complete Works (Tutte le Opera) was released in 1550 or MDL in Roman numerals. But the volume here is not that edition, but rather a seventeenth-century "false imprint." In the course of the 1550s, Machiavelli's (1469-1527) works were put on the Pope's Index, or list of forbidden books (Galileo's Dialogi also made the list). This imprint—published between 1628 and 1660 A.D.—used the earlier date to avoid censorship.
Columbia University’s commitment to the Core Curriculum extends to the University Libraries' special collections. Columbia University Libraries preserve and provide access to important editions of, and in some cases autograph manuscripts by, many of the authors taught in the Core Curriculum. Additionally, the collections include subsequent editions, translations, and adaptations, which demonstrate the transmission and reception of these works across centuries and attest to their continuing importance.
These online exhibitions were created as part of an Association of Research Libraries CEP Fellowship Summer 2011 based in Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.