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Richard Sherry
A treatise of schemes & tropes very profytable for the better understanding of good authors, gathered out of the best grammarians & oratours...Whereunto is added a declamacion, that chyldren even strapt fro their infancie should be well and gently broughte up in learnynge. Written fyrst in Latin by the most excellent and famous clearke, Erasmus of Roterodame
imprynted at London by Iohn Day dwellinge ouer Aldersgate, 1550. First edition, small 8vo (139 x 86mm), ff. [116], collating A-O P; printed in Black Letter throughout; woodcut initials; later vellum-backed marbled boards; title leaf torn at the top margin (no loss); the binding lightly rubbed. Early ownership signature of Thomas Ferrar on the title page; ex-Earls of Macclesfield, with their North Library bookplate on the front pastedown and their blindstamp at the top of the title page. Part of this is a translation of the De civilitate morum puerilium... libellus of Desiderius Erasmus, which was regularly reprinted throughout the 16th century. Rare: ESTC records only 6 copies of this translation, only the Huntington and Yale in the U.S. STC 22484; Alston VI, 8. Sherry's work "is a mirror of one variation of rhetoric which came to be called the rhetoric of style. As a representative of this stylistic school...it carries forward the medieval concept that ornateness in communication is desirable; it suggests that figures [of speech] are tools for achieving this ornateness; it supplies examples of ornateness to be imitated in writing and speaking; it supports knowing the figures in order to understand both secular and religious writings; it proposes that clarity is found in the figures. In short, the work assisted Englishmen to understand eloquence as well as to create i" (Herbert W. Hildebrandt in his introduction to the 1977 facsimile reprint). [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (rulonmillerbooks) [Saint Paul, Minnesota, US]
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