De Nores, Giasone. Breve trattato dell' oratore.

Padua, Simone Galignani, 1574.

4to. 88 ff. With woodcut printer's device on reverse of final leaf. 18th-c. Italian vellum with two giltstamped spine labels.


First edition.

Giasone De Nores (c. 1530-90), a friend of Paolo Manuzio, is best known for his criticism of Guarini's "Pastor Fido" (which, as he believed, offended Aristotelian poetic principles). His 1574 "Brief Treatise for the Orator" has a "clear and practical aim: it is addressed to the young heirs of noble Venetian families, that is, to those who will later practise the art of eloquence in politics and judicial administration. In order to enhance the efficacy of the work, he published with it an 'essay ... on the distinctions, definitions, and divisions of rhetoric articulated in multiple tables for easy classification'." (Lina Bolzoni, The Gallery of Memory. Toronto 2001, p. 34f.). De Nores was exceedingly fond of such tables: indeed, he was among the first to identify the importance of structure and methodology as key to the art of memory.

Some browning and waterstaining throughout. Bookplate of the Hilding Hjelmberg Collection, Katrineholm, Sweden.


Edit 16, CNCE 16811. BM-STC Italian 469. Not in Adams.

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