De Elocutione, sive dictione rhetorica.

  • 'Demetrius of Phalerum'
  • Glasguae [Glasgow]: Ex officina Roberti Foulis 1743
  • Gaskell 31; ESTC T135853.


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Crown 8vo, pp. [ii], 197, [1]. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, red morocco label, central lozenge tools in other compartments. Some spotting and soiling. Extremities rubbed, front joint cracked but held by cords, rear joint starting to crack, spine ends a bit worn, label chipped at edge. Bookplate of Fintray House Library to front pastedown (covering an earlier bookplate of the same source).


A slightly unusual choice of text, a lecture on rhetorical style traditionally ascribed to Demetrius of Phalerum (4th century BC Athenian orator) but almost certainly actually dating from the second century AD. It was the first Greek text printed by the Foulis press, and in fact the first printing of a Greek text of any kind in Glasgow. This copy is Gaskell's crown 8vo variant with fleur-de-lys watermarks.

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