Item #11273 Oratore Ad Qvintvm fratrem dialogi tres, Audomari Talæi explicationibus illustrati. Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Oratore Ad Qvintvm fratrem dialogi tres, Audomari Talæi explicationibus illustrati.
Oratore Ad Qvintvm fratrem dialogi tres, Audomari Talæi explicationibus illustrati.
THE IDEAL PUBLIC SPEAKER

Oratore Ad Qvintvm fratrem dialogi tres, Audomari Talæi explicationibus illustrati.

Paris, Charles Estienne 1553.

4to (226 x 165 mm.). 106, [2 blank], 135, 91p. Roman type (90/1) for text and smaller italic (78) for Talon’s commentary, open floriated woodcut initials, two divisional titles, an Estienne woodcut title device (Renouard 296; Schreiber ?8).

Contemporary limp vellum, spine lined with a fragment of a 14th-century vellum manuscript of an unidentified Latin text on sin, remnants of four pigskin ties, manuscript spine title.

First Edition of Omer Talon’s commentary on Cicero’s On the Orator, the Roman statesman’s most carefully written literary work. Its three-part dialog lays out the general principles underlying oratory and advocates for the liberal education of the orator, who should act as moral guide to his community.
            A friend and close ally of the controversial Protestant education reformer Pierre de la Ramée (1515-72; St. Bartholomew Day murder victim), Talon (1510-62) also wrote an elementary rhetoric treatise in use through the end of the century (first published in 1544). In good condition (pale stain to the final twenty blank lower margins), early title inscription De comeditu 8. Joseph porcis carni desiat.


¶Renouard, Annales de l’imprimerie des Estienne 105,9; Ong, Ramus and Talon Inventory. A Short-Title Inventory 745; Green & Murphy, Renaissance Rhetoric Short-Title Catalogue RR 946; Schweiger, Handbuch der classischen Bibliographie. Lateinische Schriftsteller I: 119; Cioranesco 21017.

Item #11273

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