Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

In partitiones oratorias Ciceronis, Dialogi quatuor (Four Dialogues on Cicero's Oratorical System) [AND] De amissa dicendi ratione (On the Lost System of Speaking) [IN A DATED CONTEMPORARY BINDING, WITH THE OWNER'S MONOGRAM]

Strasbourg: Theodosius Rihel, 1576. Hardcover. Two parts, octavo. Signed: a-z8, A-E8 (= 224 leaves); [8], 162, [4], 50ff. Woodcut printer’s device at title; divisional title at y5 verso[!]; printed marginalia; Latin text in roman and italic with occasional passages in Greek. Contemporary vellum over light-weight boards, ruled in blind and tooled in black, yapp edges; manuscript lettering at spine (partially obscured by later label). Mild wear and staining to covers; some insignificant marginal soiling to text, else a nearly fine copy in a handsome dated binding.

Revised editions of these introductory rhetorical textbooks in a handsome, dated, sixteenth-century vellum binding (1582). Johannes Sturm (1507-1589) first published his educational principles in De puerorum ludis recte aperiendis (1538), his inaugural oration as headmaster of Strasbourg school, a position he held for forty-three years. “He made the writing and the speaking of Latin the almost exclusive aim of education. His school was frequented by pupils from all lands, and became the model for gymnasia in many parts of Germany” (Sandys 2: 267). Sturm's fame and influence did not go uncriticized, however. The attention to “elegance and copia of speech” which Bacon came to view as excessive, are chiefly exemplified by Sturm, along with Car, and Ascham: “Then did Sturmius spend such infinite and curious pains upon Cicero the Orator, and Hermogenes the Rhetorician, besides his own books of Periods, and Imitation, and the like" (Bacon, Advancement of Learning, 1:4.2). The earliest confirmed appearance of In partitiones (‘dialogi duo’) is at Strasbourg (Crato Mylius, 1539 - VD 16 C 3517). The first edition by Thedosius Rihel appeared in 1565 as a paginated octavo (VD 16 ZV 3560). De amissa dicendi ratione ad Franciscum Frossium libri II was printed by W. Rihel in 1538 and 1543. Our version has been wholly reset since the “1575” edition (which has a complete separate title for the De amissa dicendi ratione, somewhat more compactly). Cf. Adams S-1996: ff. 162, 50. a-z A-E8. Theod. Rihelius [1543]. Cf. Moreau V 1499 (Paris, 1539). Teissier, Eloges 4 (1715), 10-19, with a copious list of works. For Sturm see P. Mack, A History of Renaissance Rhetoric 1380-1620, 132-134.

Provenance: “CVAR” and date “158Z” at front cover. Entry at front endleaf: “N.S.L. Spes mea Christus Casparus Ulricus a Ramming[...] An; 82 17 Nouemb:” In 1589 Rammingen defended a thesis at Marburg with the famous jurist and philologist Hermann Vultejus presiding. Bookplate of the Fuerstlich Auerspergsche Fideicommisbibliothek zu Laybach (Ljubljana). Near fine. Item #49142

Full title: In partitiones oratorias Ciceronis, dialogi quatuor, ab ipso authore emendati, & aucti. Nunc verò capitibus distincti, & castigatiores editi, additis, singulorum capitum [oikonomia], seu dispositione. Adiunximus praeterea, propter studiosos eloquentiae, eiusdem authoris libros duos, De amissa dicendi ratione, & quomodo ea recuperanda sit.

Price: $1,500.00

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