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M. Fabius Quinctilianus His Institutes of Eloquence: Or, The Art of Speaking in Public in Every Character and Capacity. Translated into English after the Best Latin Editions. With Notes, Critical and Explanatory by William Guthrie
London: Printed for T. Waller..., 1756. FIRST EDITION. 2 volumes. 8vo, 206 x 125 mms., pp. xxxiv, 396; [ii], 568, contemporary calf, red morocco labels; very slight wear to front joint of volume 1, but a very good and attractive set, with the "Auchincruive" bookplate on the front paste-down end-paper of each volume. A commentary on Quintilian published in 1686 by John Warr (fl. 1648–1649) seems to be the first attempt to render a portion of Quintilian's Institutes in English, followed by this first complete translation by William Guthrie (?1708 - 1770). Another new translation by J. Patsall was published in 1774, who comments in his Preface that he had envisioned a translation of Quintilian just before Guthrie's was published, ungraciously remarking that, "It was necessary to give time for the judgment of the Public upon Mr. Guthrie's performance; but it was found not favourable to him."
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