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    First Aldine Edition of Quintilian

    Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus). [De institutione oratoria. Edited by Andrea Navagero and Giovanni Battista Ramusio, to whom the work is dedicated]. [Venice: In Aedibus Aldi, et Andreae, August 1514]. First Aldine edition (reprinted in 1521). Octavo (7.75 x 4.875 inches; 197 x 125 mm.). [3 (of 4)], 230 leaves. Lacking blank leaf *4 (with a blank leaf matching the front flyleaf supplied). Collation: *4 (-1), a-z8, A-E8, F6. Italic type. 39 lines plus headline. Capital spaces with guide letters. Imprint from colophon on recto of final leaf. Woodcut Aldine anchor and dolphin device on title (A2) and on verso of final leaf (A5).

    Eighteenth-century mottled calf, rebacked, with original gilt spine laid down. Marbled endpapers, edges stained red. Binding rubbed, especially at corners and board edges, spine extremities lost, a few small spots to fore-edge. The lower blank portion (two inches) of the title has been renewed, and the first three leaves have been neatly reinserted. Tiny hole in f2, affecting a couple of letters in the first line of text, tiny hole in lower blank margin of e7, two pairs of leaves (p2 and p3, r4 and r5) adhered to one another at outer edge, tiny abrasion at outer edge of P5-Q8. Light to moderate foxing and browning, mostly at beginning and end, small stain in lower blank margin of s7, s8, and t1, slight horizontal creasing at the end (C1-F6). Bookplate of Seymour Hecht on verso of front free endpaper, early ink signature on front flyleaf, two additional ink signatures erased. Occasional faint early ink underlining, a few scattered marginal pencil marks.

    The Institutio oratoria ("Education of an Orator"), in twelve books, is Quintilian's most famous work. "It covers the training of an orator from babyhood to the grown man" (The Oxford Classical Dictionary).

    Adams Q52. Ahmanson-Murphy 124. Renouard, Alde, 68: 5.

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