Important folio incunabulum in pristine condition, wide margins, sharp white sheets an bright inking.
It contains a collection of rhetorical exercises, long attributed but only partly written by Quintilian, in which some extreme ethical situations are presented, inviting the reader to put himself in the shoes of the characters.
Indicative is the fulminating incipit of the first one, in which a father presents the new young wife to his blind son. In the night he is killed with his son's sword and the two accuse each other of parricide.
Quidam, cui erat filius caecus, quem heredem instituerat, induxit illi novercam iuvenemque in secreta domus parte seposuit. Is noctu, dum in cubiculo cum uxore iaceret, occisus est inventusque postero die habens gladium filii defixum in vulnere, pariete ab ipsius ad filii cubiculum vestigiis palmae cruento. Accusant se invicem caecus et noverca.
Six editions of this text were published before 1501.
Tradition attributes to Q. two collections of Declamationes, the 19 maiores, whose themes are fully carried out, and the 338 minores, of which 145 have survived that contain only sketches. The themes of these declamations are similar to those of Seneca the Elder's Controversiae and Suasoriae, fantastic and skilfully imagined, without the realism and verisimilitude that Q. recommended in the oratorical exercises.
Marcus Fabius Quintilianus was born in Calagurris Iulia Nasica in Spain Tarraconensis in 35 BC. He moved at an early age with his rhetor father to Rome, where he was able to follow lessons of Remmius Palaemon and Domitius Afro. He was also able to meet the philosopher Lucius Anneus Seneca.
After arriving in Rome, the emperor granted him an annual fee of 100,000 sesterces, giving concrete recognition to the importance of rhetorical art in the education of youth and the future ruling class. Among his many pupils, he had Pliny the Younger and, perhaps, Tacitus.
Eighteenth-century reassembled binding, full parchment hardcover with gold title on a faux label on the spine, some old handwritten notes.
Folio (314x219 mm). Sheets: . Pressmark: a10, b-06. Roman lettering (111 R) on 38 lines. Spaces for drop caps. Signs of woodworm, marginal restoration on the last sheets, but the book is complete and with wide margins.
BMC V 281; Goff Q 20; IGI 8255; Madsen 3429; Sallander 2414; Proctor 4495; GW M36800; Pell Ms 9937 (9735).
Quintilianus Marcus Fabius
Declamationes maiores [edited by Jacobus Grasolarius].
Colophon - impressit Venetiis : Lucas Venetus Dominici F., Veneto, nonis iuniis 1482
(COLOPHON:) IMPRESSIT VENETIIS: LUCAS VENETUS DOMINICI, 1482. NONIS IUNIIS.
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- Filosofie, Incunabelen en vroege drukken, Literatuur
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Quintilianus / Grasolarius
- Declamationes maiores
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- impressit Venetiis, Lucas Venetus Dominici F., Veneto, nonis iuniis
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 314×329 mm