Written over 350 years ago, The Pocket Oracle and the Art of Prudence is a charming collection of 300 witty and thought-provoking aphorisms. A unique collection of advice for life and perhaps the first 'self-help' book ever written. About The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence. Search. [Baltasar Gracián y Morales] Home. A unique collection of advice for life and perhaps the first 'self-help' book ever written. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. Jeremy Robbins is Forbes Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Written over 350 years ago, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence is a subtle collection of 300 witty and thought-provoking aphorisms. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 . Written over 350 years ago, The Pocket Oracle and the Art of Prudence is a charming collection of 300 witty and thought-provoking aphorisms. Published in 1647, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence influenced the vogue for the form in France, and was quickly translated into the major European languages. The pocket oracle and art of prudence. A unique collection of advice for life, Baltasar Gracián's The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence is a philosophical gem, and perhaps the first 'self-help' book ever written. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. A unique collection of advice for life and perhaps the first ‘self-help’ book ever written Written over 350 years ago, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence is a subtle collection of 300 witty and thought-provoking aphorisms. Published in 1647, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence influenced the vogue for the form in France, and was quickly translated into the major European languages. Written over 350 years ago, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence is a subtle collection of 300 witty and thought-provoking aphorisms. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. 'No one is born complete; perfect yourself and your activities day by day until you become a truly consummate being, your talents and your qualities all perfected' Written over 350 years ago, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence is a subtle collection of 300 witty and thought-provoking aphorisms. Written over 350 years ago, The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence is a subtle collection of 300 witty and thought-provoking aphorisms. Written over 350 years ago, The Pocket Oracle and the Art of Prudence is a charming collection of 300 witty and thought-provoking aphorisms.