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    One of the Most Important and Beautiful Books Printed by Aldus Manutius

    [Greek Orators]. [Aldus Manutius]. [Orationes Graeci.] [Greek Text:] Logoi tutoni ton Rhetoron. Orationes horum Rhetorum. Aeschines, Lysiae, Alcidamantis, Antisthenis, Demadis, Andocidis, Isaei, Dinarchi, Antiphontis, Lycurgi, Gorgiae, Lesbonactis, Herodis. Item Aeschinis vita, Lysiae vita. Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresano, 1513. Editio Princeps. First Greek Edition. The very important editio princeps of most of the Attic orators, the works of Demosthenes being published previously. Two folio volumes (of three) bound in one (a third volume published a bit later is not present here. The first two volumes are often found together without the third). a1 [lacks second leaf of Aldus preface and the leaf with instructions to the binder which is missing from virtually all copies] b-m8, n3 [lacks blank n4]; 3a-3i8, 3k10 [Lacks 3k 5.6]. Title-page, 3-197, [1]; 162 pages. Aldine anchor devices on title-pages. Early twentieth century green morocco with the gilt device of Morris Morgan: griffin with laurel wreath; rebacked with title gilt; gilt dentelles; marbled edges; marbled endpapers; bookplates on front paste-down. Bookplates of Lewis Andrew de la Chaumette F.R.S & F.S.A. (1787-1836); William Hepworth Thompson (1810 -1886) - an English classical scholar and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge; Morris H. Morgan (1859-1910) - American classicist who taught at Harvard from 1887 until his death (his crest is on the front cover and a long acquisition note in on front flyleaf); Herbert Weir Smyth, bequest to Harvard, (1857 - 1937) American classical scholar; and Houghton Library label (in rear) with deaccession stamp. Stains on first title-page, else a very nice copy with good margins and a distinguished provenance. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Please visit HA.com/6112 for an extended description of this lot.

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    Truly one of the most important and beautiful books printed on the famous Aldine presses. Contents: Part 1: Aeschines (page 3), Lysias (page 86), Alcidamas, Anthisthenes and Damades. Part 2: Andocides (page 3), Isaeus (page 32), Dinarchus (page 81), Antiphon (page 99), Lycurgus (page 132), Gorgias (page 151), Lesbonax (page 155), Herodes (page 160).

    "Ce precieux recueil est une des productions les plus importantes e l'imprimerie Aldine..." (Renouard).

    VD16 cnce 37441. Ahmanson-Murphy 112. Adams O244. BM STC 411. Hoffmann III, 14. Renouard, 60-62; Kallendorf and Wells 99.

    Greek Orators--Aldine [Orationes Graeci.] [Greek Text:] Logoi tutoni ton Rhetoron. Orationes horum Rhetorum. Aeschines, Lysi¾, Alcidamantis, Antisthenis, Demadis, Andocidis, Isaei, Dinarchi, Antiphontis, Lycurgi, Gorgi¾, Lesbonactis, Herodis. Item Aeschinis vita, Lysi¾ vita. Venice: Aldus Manutius & Andrea Torresano, 1513. Folio. 2 vols. [of 3] in 1. a1[lacks second leaf of Aldus preface and the leaf with instructions to the binder which is missing from virtually all copies] b-m8,n3 [lacks blank n4]; 3a-3i8, 3k10 [Lacks 3k 5.6]. T.p., 3-197,[1]; 162p. Early 20th c. green morocco with the gilt device of Morris Morgan: griffin with laurel wreath; rebacked with title gilt; gilt dentelles; marbled edges; marbled endpapers; bookplates on front paste-down; Bookplates of : Lewis Andrew de la Chaumette F.R.S & F.S.A.. (1787-1836); William Hepworth Thompson (1810 Ð1886) was an English classical scholar and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge; Morris H. Morgan (1859-1910) American classicist who taught at Harvard from 1887 until his death. His crest is on the front cover and a long acquisition note in on front flyleaf; Herbert Weir Smyth,bequest to Harvard, (1857 Ð 1937) American classical scholar ; and Houghton Library label (in rear) with deaccession stamp. Stains on first t.p., else a very nice copy with good margins. Aldine anchor devices on t.p.s. Editio Princeps. First Greek Edition. The very important editio princeps of most of the Attic orators, the works of Demosthenes being published previously. It really is one of the most important and beautiful books printed on the famous Aldine presses.Contents:Part1: Aeschines (p.3), Lysias (p. 86), Alcidamas, Anthisthenes and Damades.Part 2: Andocides (p.3), Isaeus (p. 32), Dinarchus (p. 81), Antiphon (p.99), Lycurgus (p. 132), Gorgias (p. 151), Lesbonax (p. 155), Herodes (p. 160).
    "Ce precieux recueil est une des productions les plus importantes e l'imprimerie Aldine..." Renouard.
    A third volume published a bit later is not present here. The first two volumes are often found together without the third.
    "The art of public speaking was first developed by the ancient Greeks. Greek oration is known from the works of classical antiquity. Greek orators spoke as on their own behalf rather as representatives of either a client or a constituency, and so any citizen who wished to succeed in court, in politics, or in social life had to learn techniques of public speaking. These skills were taught first by a group of self-styled "sophists" who were known to charge fees, to "make the weaker argument the stronger," and to make their students "better" through instruction in excellence. Plato, Aristotle, and Isocrates all developed theories of public speaking in opposition to the Sophists, and their ideas took on institutional form through the development of permanent schools where public speaking was taught. Though Greece eventually lost political sovereignty, the Greek culture of training in public speaking was adopted virtually wholesale by the Romans. " [wkpd] VD16 cnce 37441. Ahmanson-Murphy 112. Adams O244. BM STC 411. Hoffmann III,14. Renouard, 60-62; Kallendorf & Wells 99. Classics. Greek. Rhetoric. Aldine. Aldus.



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