Bartolomeo Cavalcanti. La Retorica... Divisa In Sette Libri: Doue Si Contiene Tutto Quello, Che Appartiene All'Arte Oratoria. Con le postille di m. Pio Portinaio ... Et con la tavola de i capi principali contenuti nella presente opera. Venice: Bartolomeo Rubini [Robini], 1569. Krown & Spellman retail: $550. 4to. *8, A-2L8, 2M10. [15],563,[1]p. 18th century limp vellum decorated in flowers and designs, backed in green paper with paper label, spine chipped, inner margin worming on first and last leaves (no text loss), lower margin wormtrail GG4-HH6 (a few letters touched), other minor marginal worming. Old stamp devices on t.p., owner's stamp of "Bibliotheca De I, Cav. Prof. Avv Rinaldo Bajatti" on blank verso of t.p. Printer's device on t.p., Historiated initials, head-pieces. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Cavalcanti (1503-1562) "...he lead a life divided between politics and literature, one, too, in which Cavalcanti's undoubted abilities in both fields received insufficient reward. Politically, he had the misfortune to be continually on the losing side...  A Careful and critical exposition of the classical rules of rhetoric, directed at those with insufficient time or learning to study Aristotle or the Latin rhetoricians for themselves." [Conor Fahy, Modern Language Review 1969 pp188-9.]

    This1569 edition contains a dedicatory letter by Rubini which offered the highest praise to Cavalcanti: should all the ancient rhetorical texts be lost, La retorica would be a suitable replacement.     EDIT 16 2411. EDITon-line cnce 10437.BM STC (ital.) 162. Marshall I,387 (1 copy).

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