Ciceronis De Oratore Libri III. Orator, De Claris Oratoribus.

CICERO Marcus Tullius (1554)


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Aldine device on title page. 3-line initial spaces, all with guide letters. 

8vo (168 x 109mm). 240(ie. 248)ff. Half-pigskin, with marbled paper over pasteboard and calf label on spine, lettered in gilt (label slightly chipped, edges bumped and worn). 

Venice, Paulo Manutio,

The second part of Cicero's Rhetoricum ad C. Herennium and a copy of the 1546 edition that made the literary reputation of its publisher, Paulus Manutius, after he gained control of the Aldine press in 1533. These are well-executed later editions, with corrections and improvements made to the text (Renouard). A skilled latinist, Manutio was a respected scholar of Cicero, himself correcting editions of the statesman's letters and orations for publication (among them the distinctive and unusual quarto volumes, printed in octavo, of the same year) as well as writing epistles of his own in Ciceronian style. The prefatory letter is addressed to French churchman and diplomat Jean de Montluc, French ambassador to Venice in the years immediately preceding the 1546 edition, from whence it is also copied. 

Provenance: Bookplate of 'A. Wahler' on front paste-down, possibly the German latinist and author of a textbook on Latin stylistics (1918), and ownership mark of Italian lawyer Pietro Gini inscribed on front free endpaper. Annotation, washed out inscription on title page and sparse, neat marginal annotations in brown ink throughout De Orator.

Minor worming in upper blank margin throughout, not affecting text, and repairs to holes on title page; general staining. 

Renouard, p.161, 12. BMSTC (Italian), p.176. Adams, C1683. UCLA Ahmanson-Murphy, 467. 

Stock Code: 227577

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