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HORTENSIUS'
Deinology: or, the union of reason and elegance: being instructions to a young barrister. With a postscript, suggesting some considerations on the viva voce examination of witnesses at the English bar. By Hortensius.
London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1789. 8vo., (4) + vii + (1) + 234pp., tiny hole in one leaf just affecting a couple of letters, with the armorial bookplate and signature of James Tomkinson>*, bound in contemporary sprinkled calf, neatly rebacked, spine gilt with original crimson lettering piece. A very good, crisp, copy. First, and only, edition. The oratory of the English bar is 'wild and vicious', claims 'Hortensius', and compares ill with both the eloquence of the French bar and even that of the Scotch. ('The Scotch advocates speak and write often elegantly, always correctly'). The author's object was to 'render the principles of logic and rhetoric somewhat more familiar to the English bar', and in addition, to offer 'some few loose thoughts of my own in the form of an advice to a young barrister'. * Probably James Tomkinson (1840-1910), the English landowner and Liberal politician of Willington Hall, Chester. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books ABA ILAB [Manningtree, United Kingdom]
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