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Rare first edition of The Prince fails to sell Credit: Newman Associates PR/PA Wire

A rare first edition of a Renaissance political masterpiece has failed to sell at an auction in Norfolk. The 372-year-old copy of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli was discovered amongst a pile of old books in somebody's home. Auctioneers had hoped it would sell for up to £30,000.

Rare first edition to be sold

A rare first edition of an political masterpiece could fetch around £30,000 when it is auctioned in Norfolk later today.

The 372-year-old copy of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli was discovered beneath a pile of old books at a residential home in the county.

The 300-page-book is to be sold at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham, near Norwich. It is expected to fetch around £30,000

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