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Nizoliodidasculus, sive monitor Ciceronianorum, dialogus.

ESTIENNE Henri (1578.)


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Sm 8vo (150 x 95mm.)  [8], 200pp, printer's device on title-page,  19th-century French olive morocco, triple gilt fillet, gilt and panelled back,  traces of very slight waterstaining

[Geneva]: H. Estienne,

First edition. 'Following the De Latinitate falso suspecta (1576), and Pseudo-Cicero, Dialogus, (1577), this is the last of three works which Estienne wrote to attack the cult of Ciceronianism. Written as a dialogue, the work, which is dedicated to Hubert Languet (1518-81), the friend of Sir Philip Sidney, is highly critical of over adherence to Nizolius' dictionary of Ciceronian vocabulary and usage.The motto on the title (Horace Ep. i, 20, vv. 14-15) 'Ridebit monitor...' has stamped in above it, and slightly off centre 'Horatius lectori', which must have been added after the title-page was set up.

Provenance. old inscription on title-page scored out; old pressmark Z48; 19th-century book-plate of Adolphe Destappe (mid 19th century, several of his books


Renouard 146, 2. Schreiber 202.

Stock Code: 45764