Volume 2 in the Shepheard-Walwyn edition corresponds with Book III of the original Latin edition.

Volumes 1-10 are available here as a complete set at a reduced price.

“I have often noticed that a person who depends on external things always lives a disturbed and anxious life and suffers many a disappointment, while the only person to live in peace and certainty is the one who leads a life based, not upon the passing show without, but upon the eternal within himself.”

Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) made a vital contribution to the change in European Society that took place in the Renaissance. Men of influence throughout Europe drew intellectual and spiritual inspiration from him and his Academy. He conducted an extensive correspondence and during his life 12 volumes of his letters were published. With the exception of a few individual letters, these have not been translated into English before. The ongoing translations are the work of a group of scholars at the School of Economic Science in London.


Translated from the Latin by members of the Language Department of the School of Economic Science, London.

You can read more about Arthur Farndell, who collaborated as a translator on this project, on his author page.


“Undoubtedly, these letters comprise one of the ‘spiritual classics’ of the past thousand years.”
Christopher Booker, The Spectator

“…so well translated, so well annotated and so beautifully produced that it is a pleasure to read and possess.”
The Heythrop Journal

“A remarkable achievement. Such giants as Ficino deserve a wider audience.”
Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose