8vo, pp. [xl], 509, ; printed in italic, some Greek text, elegant engraved initials; some light creasing to corners, small hole in title-page touching one word in imprint, a few marginal marks to pp. 125-135, closed tear to lower margin of Y2, small abrasions to pp. 406-7 touching a few words, otherwise a very good copy; 17th-century red morocco, gilt dentelle borders to covers, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled edges, rebacked with old spine label laid down, recornered; covers slightly rubbed and marked; bookplate of the library at Chatsworth.
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A handsome Latin edition of twenty-one works by the Athenian orator Isocrates (436-338 BC) whose work was highly influential on later education, oratory and writing. Isocrates studied under Socrates and the sophists, before establishing a famous school of rhetoric which attracted pupils from all parts of the Greek world, offering a more practical training than that offered by Plato’s more theoretical teaching. A pupil of Melanchthon, Hieronymus Wolf (1516-80) served as secretary and librarian to the wealthy merchant and collector Johann Jakob Fugger before securing his scholarly reputation with editions and translations of Isocrates and Demosthenes.
Michel de Vascosan (d. 1577), the son-in-law of Badius, established his Parisian press in 1530 and was celebrated ‘for the unadorned elegance of his editions’ (Oxford Companion to the Book).
BM STC French p. 237.
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