A Comparison Between the Eloquence of Demosthenes and Cicero. Translated out of French.

A Comparison Between the Eloquence of Demosthenes and Cicero. Translated out of French.
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Oxford: Printed and are to be sold by the Booksellers there, Anno 1672. Small 8vo, (2), 210 pp. [A]1 B-O P1. Later quarter calf and marbled boards, front board detached, pages a little browned. First edition in English of Rapin’s Comparaison de Démosthène et de Cicéron. Rapin (1621-2687) was a French Jesuit who wrote extensively on theology, rhetoric, and poetry. He was perhaps best known for his Latin verse on gardens, Hortorum libri quattuor (1665), an imitation of Virgil’s Georgics. In the present work Rapin begins by acknowledging that the genius of Demosthenes and Cicero, “like other miraculous productions of nature, was never seen in the world but once” and that “learned men have not dared to determine which of the two ought to be preferred” and yet sets out to do just that by establishing a definition of eloquence against which to compare the merits of the two writers. Wing R259. ESTC R9243. (Item Id: 105937)

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