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Logoi tines [Graece]. In Usum Scholae Wintoniensis.

Recensuit Phil. Fletcher ê Coll. Nov. Scholaris.

Oxford: R. Clements, for J. Knapton and C. Rivington London, 1726 Stock Code: 144998
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First edition thus, uncommon, translated by Philip Fletcher of New College, Oxford, and prepared for use at Winchester College; presented here in an appealing period binding. Isocrates (436-338 BC) was a distinguished Athenian rhetor, or teacher of rhetoric, and writer of rhetorical texts. His works represent "Attic prose at its most elaborate" (The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World, 2005, p. 376).

The volume concludes with "the last of his great treatises" Panathenaicus, written when he was 94, "in part personal apologia, in part a comprehensive comparison of Athens and Sparta, glorifying the former" (ibid). Little is known of the translator Philip Fletcher (d. 1765); he was minister of Romford in Essex, "where he kept a private school" (A Select Collection of Poems, London, 1780, Vol. VI, p. 243), and afterwards held ecclesiastical posts in Ireland; he contributed poems to a number of anthologies. The dedicatee is the lawyer and Tory MP Thomas Palmer of Fairfield, Somerset (d. 1735), a patron of Winchester College and a fellow of New College.

Provenance: contemporary armorial bookplate of one John Mills, with his ownership inscription on the front free endpapers, "Joh: Mills, E. Coll: Balliol, 1729"; his arms (gyronny of eight argent and azure a millrind sable) and crest (a demi-lion rampant regardant or holding between the paws a millrind sable), indicates him to be of the Essex branch of the family perhaps linking him with Philip Fletcher and his ministry and school at Romford.

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Description

Octavo (197 x 117). Contemporary speckled calf, spine with paired gilt fillets either side of raised bands, dark tawny label, sides with border of paired gilt fillets, blind foliate edge roll, red spckeld edges.

Illustrations

Engraved view to title page of the Sheldonian Theatre by Michael Burghers.

Condition

Bookplate of Robert Hayhurst, Lancashire druggist and chemist, who amassed a fine library. Head of spine chipped, a few light abrasions and minor stripping. A very good copy, the superior quality paper remaining remarkably fresh.

Bibliography

ESTC T147351 cites copies at 8 institutional locations in Britain, one in Holland, and 5 in North America.

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