Item #11378 Compendiosas [sic] tractatus da [sic] arte loque[n]di et tacendi multum vtilis. Albertanus Causidicus Brixiensis.

Compendiosas [sic] tractatus da [sic] arte loque[n]di et tacendi multum vtilis.

Ingolstadt, [Printer of Celtis, Epitoma (Johann Kachelofen)] c. 1492.

4to (205 x 142 mm.). [15]p. Rounded gothic type, 41 lines per page, rubricated three-line initial spaces, capitals stroked and occasional underlining in red.

20th-century ivory vellum (one corner damaged), gilt-lettered spine title and date.

Aimed at lawyers, preachers, diplomats and notaries, The Art of Speech and the Art of Silence is “a career guide for the public man” (Powell).This is among the earliest and most extensive writings by a layman on the subject of professionalism: “knowing how, when, and what to speak well necessitated knowing how, when, and what not to say” (Bude). IT INFLUENCED JOHN GOWER, GEOFFREY CHAUCER AND CHRISTINE DE PIZAN.
            Albertanus composed it for his sons. It treats six aspects of oral and written private and public discourse —self, topic, audience, purpose, style and timing. Each aspect receives its own chapter, replete with dicta from Aesop, Cato, Cicero, Seneca, Church Fathers, the Bible…. The author emphasizes word choice, diction, syntax, honesty of expression, appropriateness and silence, making it a classroom staple for nearly three centuries.
            This edition is among the first works issued by this anonymous Ingolstadt press, now identified with Johann Kachelofen, official printer to the University of Ingolstadt and ?half-brother of the Leipzig printer Konrad Kachelofen. Less than half of his known output is represented in American libraries — almost always in single examples. THIS COPY IS A PREVIOUSLY UNDESCRIBED VARIANT, with the first title word uncorrected but other textual corrections made. One copy in the U.S. (Morgan). In good condition (scattered light marginal foxing, title stamp removed), the Penrose-Sexton-Nakles copy.
¶Powell, Albertanus of Brescia passim, esp. 62-70; Green & Murphy, Renaissance Rhetoric Short-Title Catalogue 1460-1700 9; Stalla, “Bibliographie der in Ingolstadt gedruckten Inkunabeln” in Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 1994 78-86, no. III,5; Geldner, “Zum Ingolstädter Buchdruck des 15. Jahrhunderts” in Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1968 97-99; GW 556; ISTC ia00206000; see Bude’s Sonic Bodies: Text, Music, and Silence in Late Medieval England 80-1 and Emmerson’s Key Figures in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia 12-14; Goff A-206.

Item #11378

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