Rare book fails to sell

The Prince
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.

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Renaissance rarity to be sold

A rare first edition of a seminal Renaissance work is expected to fetch up to £30,000 at auction after being discovered hidden in a pile of books