De Latinitate falso suspecta, Expostulatio Henrici Stephani. Eiusdem de Plauti Latinitate Dissertatio, & ad lectionem illius Progymnasma.

  • Estienne, Henri
  • [Geneva]: Henricus Stephanus 1576


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8vo, pp. [xvi], 400. One of the binder’s blanks at the rear filled with a very tidy early manuscript attempt at an index. Eighteenth-century dark brown calf, boards bordered with a double gilt rule, spine divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, red morocco label. Title-page rather dusty and showing a little old adhesion in the gutter, but otherwise internally clean and fresh. Binding somewhat rubbed, small chips to label. Bookplate of the North Library of Shirburn Castle to front pastedown, blind stamp of the Earls of Macclesfield to first four leaves.


The first of three works Henri Estienne wrote attacking the cult of pure 'Ciceronianism' in Latin style, pointing out errors in the Nizolian argument for preserving Latin as Cicero wrote it. The more 'rustic' vocabulary of Plautus is held up as equally important. Since a number of specific words and phrases are discussed, an index would have been a useful supplement, but none was included. The early owner of this copy has attempted to make good this omission, completing a manuscript Table of Contents and starting an Index proper. However, he only proceeded as far as the title 'Index', then 'All words and phrases' and the heading 'A' - perhaps realising the scale of his task or the insufficient space on the two remaining binder's blanks.

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