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Pythagorae Carmen Aureum, Graece & Latine, Cum Analysi Critica & Ethica, Imitationibus item Graeco-Latinis. II. Casp. Larlaei Orationes II Patheticae, una Elegiaca, altera Epica, Cum Analysi Rhetorica, Paraphrasi, Tropologia, & Formulis loqquendi selectis. III. Miseclla Quaedam, Carmina, Inscriptiones, Eistolas, Testimonia &c. complexa. Cum Indice in Pytag gemino. Opera & stuido M. Johann Christiani Knauthii...
Argentorati [Strasbourg], Sumptibus Johannis Beckii, 1720. 12mo, 162 x 92 mms., pp. [xiv], 410 [411 - 424 Index], attractive engraved frontispiece, contemporary vellum. A very good copy with a fine provenance: With the bookplate of Georgius Andreas Willi on the verso of the title-page, "Ex Bibliotheca Willianu" bookplate on front paste-down end-paper, and above that the 19th century printed ownership or memorial label of the controversial Philadelphia Catholic Bishop, Henry Conwell (1745 - 1842), dated 1 January 1832. Given that the early Catholic Church did not take a very friendly view of Pythagoras and his followers, the ownership of this volume by a Catholic priest who had his own troubles with Rome has a nice symmetry. The Dresden scholar and academic Joannes Christianus Knathius (1662 - 1732) edited various other works on mathematics and rhetoric; this volume was also published in the same year in Dresden. No copies traced in north American libraries. (Book ref. 7846)
London: Printed for W. Strahan..., 1783. FIRST EDITION. 4to,295 x 230 mms., pp. viii, 496; [iv], 550 [551 - 567 Index, 568 blank], engraved portrait of Blair as frontispiece in volume 1, entirely uncut, contemporary quarter calf, black morocco labels; marbled boards (very worn and faded); tear in C1 volume 2 repaired, but a decent copy with the contemporary autograph "Anderson Smk" on the title-page of volume 1, and on the front paste-down end-paper of volume 2 the early 19th century bookplate for S. Haward's Circulating Library, No. 4 Colonade, Cheltenham. The first review of Blair's admired and frequently-reprinted book came in the Monthly Review, in which the reviewer affirmed that Blair had exemplified a "happy and singular union of taste and philosophy [and had] supplied a great defect in the science of criticism...." It also made a "valuable addition to the polite literature" of the late 18th century. A long and thorough review in The Critical Review 1783 was not so complimentary and concluded that there "were many inaccuracies of style in these Lectures. The passages, which we have now cited, will be sufficient to justify this observation; and may serve in some respect to show, that the Eloquence of this country has not yet fixed her residence on the north side of the Tweed. Some of these improprieties may be thought too trivial to deserve the attention of a celebrated author, and others may probably be defended by analogy, or the example of preceding writers. But the greater part of them are real violations of grammar, or of that purity, propriety, and precision, which Dr. Blair himself has justly recommended." (Book ref. 7719)
London: Printed by J. and W. Oliver...and Sold by James Buckland and John Payne..., 1757. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [xvi], 478, engraved frontispiece by Grignion after Thornhill of Paul preaching at Athens, contemporary calf, morocco label; lacks final adverts leaf, rear joint cracked, front cover detached, top and base of spine chipped, corners worn. Gibbons (1720 - 1785) wrote the most substantial work on rhetoric, in so far as it is concerned with style and expression, published in the 18th century. Other rhetoricians, such as John Ward and John Holmes (specifically his The Art of Rhetoric Made Easy ) were concerned with rhetoric as a counterpart of logic. The first part of his treatise discusses and analyses metaphor, allegory, metonymy, synecdoche, irony, hyperbole and catachresis, while the second part is with formal inductions and responses in the development of an argument, a drama, or a narrative. (Book ref. 6530)
London: Printed for W. Strahan..., 1783. FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. viii, 496; [iv], 550 [551 - 567 Index, 568 blank], recent half calf, gilt spines, black leather labels, marbled boards; lacks portrait, some stains on leather, bookplate removed from front paste-down end-paper of volume 1. The first review of Blair's admired and frequently-reprinted book came in the Monthly Review, in which the reviewer affirmed that Blair had exemplified a "happy and singular union of taste and philosophy [and had] supplied a great defect in the science of criticism...." It also made a "valuable addition to the polite literature" of the late 18th century. (Book ref. 6338)
London, Printed for William Crooke..., 1681. 8vo, pp. [viii], 168, 208, with verso of A1 being a portrait of Hobbes. BOUND WITH: RYMER (Thomas): The Tragedies of The last Age Consider'd and Examin'd by the Practice of the Ancients, and by the Common sense of all Ages. In a Letter to Fleetwood Shepheard. London, Printed for Richard Tonson..., 1678. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [xvi], 144, including imprimatur leaf before title-page. Two volumes in one, bound in recent full sheepskin, spine blocked in gilt. The two volumes were originally bound together as well, as the first of the two contemporary leaves before the portrait of Hobbes notes, "Hobbes' Art of Rhetoric & laws of England/ Rymers Tragedies of the last Age." The text for Hobbes's discourse on rhetoric began life as a digest in Latin of Aristotle's work on rhetoric that Hobbes made for his pupil, the son of the Countess of Devonshire, which was first published in English in 1637 as A Briefe of the Art of Rhetorique. However, both William Samuel Howell and Walter J. Ong, separately in 1951, identified the work as that published in 1584 by Dudley Fenner, The Artes of Logike and Rethorike. Hobbes's executor attributed the work to Hobbes, and it remained in the Hobbes canon for almost three hundred years. Rymer sent John Dryden a copy of his book, and Dryden said of the book that it was "the best piece of Criticism in the English tongue; perhaps in any other of the modern … and think my selfe happy he has not fallen upon me, as severely and as wittily as he has upon Shakespeare and Fletcher." Hobbes: Wing H 2212. MacDonald & Hargreaves 13. Rymer: Wing R 2430. (Book ref. 6127)
London: Printed for Joseph Johnson..., 1782. 4to, pp. xvi,  - 169 [ 170 blank], ms. notes in pencil on front free end-papers, contemporary notes in ink on small leaf loosely inserted, original boards, falling to bits, with spine defective and gatherings as well as individual leaves loose, covers detached with paper missing from boards, edges a little fragile. William Enfield (1741-1797), the Unitarian minister, is doubtless best-known for The Speaker (1774), an anthology of extracts from classical and English literature designed for the improvement of rhetorical delivery in public speaking. The above work is a sort of do-it-yourself guide to making a sermon, with possible subjects digested into categories with recommended texts from the Bible annexed. The work was first published anonymously in 1771 and somewhat revised for this second edition. (Book ref. 5468)
Patavii [Padua], Typies Seminarii, Apud Joannem Mentrč, Superiorum Permissu, 1768. 12mo, pp. 420, disbound but with old end-papers preserved. Dominique de Colonia (1660 - 1741) first published hsi work in 1722. The edition of the work by Jouvency (1643 - 1719) that I have found was published in 1699. (Book ref. 4588)