1946; Doubleday & Company publishers, New York; hardbound with red boards and (faded) gilt decor on cover and spine (see pics); quite good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
Then and Now is a historical novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Set mainly in Imola, Italy, but also in other Italian cities, including Machiavelli's hometown Florence during the Renaissance, the story focuses on three months in the life of Niccolo Machiavelli, the Florentine politician, diplomat, philosopher and writer in the early years of the 16th century.
The book was first published by Heinemann in 1946. It recollects Machiavelli's encounter with Cesare Borgia, who was the model on which Machiavelli based his Il Principe. Against that background, a love farce unfolds, in which Machiavelli tries to seduce the young wife of his host at Imola. The unsuccessful affair gave Machiavelli the idea of writing his first comedy - The Mandrake. Thus, Then and Now appears to combine the two best known works of Machiavelli - The Prince and The Mandrake.