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APHTHONIUS. Aphthonii progymnasmata, Partim a Rodolpho Agricola, partim a Johanne Maria Catanaeo, Latinitate donata.

Amsterodami [i.e. Amsterdam]. Apud Ludovicum & Danielem Elzevirios, 1655.
12mo. 383, [13], 385-441pp, [15]. With an additional engraved title page. Contemporary gilt-tooled vellum, contrasting red morocco lettering-pieces, all edges red. Extremities marked and discoloured, wear to fore-edge. Light damp-staining to foot of text-block, very occasional short tears and chipping to margins, recent bookplate of R. J. Dickinson and booksellers ticket of Thornton & Son of Oxford to FEP, later inked gift inscription and contemporary inked ownership inscription of Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch to recto of FFEP.
The final Elzevir edition (the first was published in 1642) of the Progymnasmata of Greek sophist Aphthonius of Antioch; a series of preliminary rhetorical exercises designed to prepare students for writing declamations after they had completed their education with the grammarians. This copy once belonged to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), predominantly remembered for his immensely popular anthology The Oxford Book of English Verse (1900, revised and extended to 1918 in 1939).
£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 21997