Declamationes…Calpvrnii Flacci Excerptæ X. Nunc primùm editæ. Dialogvs De Oratoribvs…Ex bibliotheca P. Pithoei. QUINTILIAN . pseudo-, Marcus Fabius Quintilianus.
Declamationes…Calpvrnii Flacci Excerptæ X. Nunc primùm editæ. Dialogvs De Oratoribvs…Ex bibliotheca P. Pithoei.
Declamationes…Calpvrnii Flacci Excerptæ X. Nunc primùm editæ. Dialogvs De Oratoribvs…Ex bibliotheca P. Pithoei.
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Declamationes…Calpvrnii Flacci Excerptæ X. Nunc primùm editæ. Dialogvs De Oratoribvs…Ex bibliotheca P. Pithoei.

Paris, M. Patisson 1580.

8vo (174 x 110 mm.). [xxiix], 458, [21]p. An Estienne-Patisson woodcut title device (Renouard, Marques 303).

CONTEMPORARY RED VELVET (worn at hinges, neatly restored), gilt-ruled outer edge, all edges gilt.

Three classical texts edited by scholar and book collector Pierre Pithou (1539-96) from his own copy of an ancient manuscript, a gift from Claude Fauchet (1530-1602), the historian, antiquary, linguistic chauvinist and translator of Tacitus.
            Pithou here brings the known corpus of pseudo-Quintilian models of eloquence to one hundred forty-five, adding nine previously unpublished ones. The editio princeps of Calpurnius Flaccus’ fragmentary rhetorical exercises — a text printed twice more to 1830 — comes next. His recension of anonymous Dialogue on Rhetoric, variously attributed to Quintilian or Tacitus, follows.
            The final twenty pages are of considerable interest. They begin with the editor’s short address to his nephew, Pierre Nevelet (c. 1554-1610, Protestant lawyer who fled to Basle), explaining the vocabulary of and study topics for rhetoric. Pithou then supplies an apparatus criticus for each of the three works, discussing variants and emendations. his methods and terminology closely resemble those current among modern scholars.
            From the library of the Estienne bibliographer Antoine-Auguste Renouard (1765-15.XII.1853) with his bookplate. In good condition.
¶Renouard, Catalogue (1853) 909 “Large paper, bound in red velvet. This copy, offered by the the editor to Christophe de Thou, father of the historian, is perhaps unique” (tr.); Renouard, Annales de l’imprimerie des Estienne 182,1; Schweiger, Handbuch der classischen Bibliographie. Lateinische Schriftsteller II; 849 (Quintilian) & I: 60 (Calpurnius) & II: 1017 (“Tacitus”).

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