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Laurentii Vallae Elegantiarum Libri Sex, decque Reciprocatione Sui & Suus, multis, diversiscci. Prototypis diligenter collatis, emedati, atq; in pristinam illam aded genuinamq[ue; faciem haud aestimandia sidoribus ia[m] accuratius restitui. Index copiosus
Moguntiae in Aedibus io Annis Schoeffer Mense Septemberm Anno MCXXIX. 1529. 8vo, 158 x 98 mms., pp. [xxxvi], 655 [666 blank], title within woodcut border of various human figures, with two inscriptions in lower margin of title-page, library stamp of Donaueschingen Library on front paste-down end-paper and verso of last leaf, annotations on rear paste-down end-paper, printed throughout in italic, contemporary blind-stamped pigskin (soiled), remnants of clasps; rear end-paper slightly wormed. The lower margin inscriptions are as follow: "Sum ex libris Frederici [?Prumaly] Anno 1572"; and "[Insemio] Bibliotheca F. F. Min: Con: / Sr Francisci V: [?Viaryue]." This latter inscription is probably that for Die Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Hofbibliothek. The Italian scholar and humanist Lorenzo Valla (1406 - 1457) led something of a peripatetic life as university lecturer and professor. The present work, first published in 1471, though ms. copies were well-known during his lifetime, under the title De Elegantiis Latinae Linguae. The article on Valla in Wikipedia notes, "This work subjected the forms of Latin grammar and the rules of Latin style and rhetoric to a critical examination, and placed the practice of composition upon a foundation of analysis and inductive reasoning. It was a basis for the movement of the Humanists to reform Latin prose style to a more classical and Ciceronian direction on a scientific basis. Valla's work was controversial when it appeared, but its arguments carried the day. As a result, humanistic Latin sought to purge itself of post-Classical words and features, and became stylistically very different from the Christian Latin of the European Middle Ages. This was thought to be a major improvement in style and elegance in Latin usage." This copy is of particular interest, as is comes from the no longer extant Donaueschingen Court Library, whose holdings were sold at auctions between 1982 and the early part of this century.
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