The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici is the achievement of a polished historian who is blessed with an unusual gift for pleasing narrative. Divided into four parts, none of which seems overcrowded in spite of their variety of characters and events, the book is beautifully balanced and proportioned.
This edition is made more enjoyable a read, simply by its artistic binding and physical appearance. It is specially published by the Folio Society London, which was founded in 1947, with the single intention of producing 'editions of the world's great literature in a format worthy of the contents, at a price within the reach of everyman.'
The book is typeset at The Folio Society in Centaur with Arabesque ornaments, and printed on Ibis Wove paper at St. Edmundsbury Press, Bury St Edmunds. It is bound by Hunter & Foulis, Edinburgh, in full Jacquard cloth woven by Van Heek-Scholco, Holland.