Institutiones oratoriae, ac Declamationes, cuiuscuius sint, summa accuratione nuper recognitae, cum Institutionum indice amplissimo. 

[Paris,] Badius Ascensius for Ascensius and Roigny, August [– September] 1533. 

[issued with:]
MOSELLANUS, Petrus.  In M. Fab. Quintiliani rhetoricas institutiones, annotationes.  [Paris,] Badius Ascensius [for Ascensius and Roigny], May 1533. 

Two parts in one vol., folio, ff. Quintilian: [8], CXXII, XLVIII, Mosellanus: XXXII; titles with large woodcut Badius device within woodcut architectural woodcut borders with portrait medallions, putti, and grotesques, numerous woodcut criblé initials throughout; dampstaining to the Mosellanus, a few other occasional stains or smudges; a good copy in contemporary blind-stamped calf, boards panelled with rolls of palmettes surrounding a central pair of blind-tooled fleurs-de-lys, later (eighteenth-century?) gilt morocco lettering-piece to spine, edges stained red, sewn on 6 split tawed thongs; somewhat shaken and worn, spine defective in places, dampstain to lower board; some contemporary annotations to the text, near-contemporary ownership inscription to upper pastedown (‘Le Blond’); printed booklabel of the Cistercian monastery of the Strict Observance of Notre-Dame du Val-Richer to title and large armorial bookplate of Nicholas de la Place, abbot of the monastery to front free endpaper.

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Rare reprint of Badius’s successful 1528 Quintilian, with the commentary of Peter Schade, German humanist author of an important work on rhetoric. 

Our copy bears some discreet underlining and a few marginalia in a fine, minute and expert contemporary French hand, revealing the mind of a scholar eager to read Quintilian in juxtaposition with other classical authors (Cicero, Macrobius), and with a special interest in the author’s five-fold analysis of effective public speaking, as laid out in Book III. 

French Vernacular Books 84110; Moreau IV, 804; Renouard, Badius Ascensius III, pp. 202–204.  OCLC finds only a single copy outside Continental Europe, at Yale. 

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