ORATIONS -- RHETORUM GRAECORUM ORATIONES, in Greek: Orationes Horum Rhetorum; Orationes Infrascriptorum Rhetorum; Isocrates Orationes, etc. Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andreas Asulanus, April 1513 - 7 May 1513.
3 parts in 2 volumes, 2° (299 x 198mm). Titles to each part in Greek and Latin, Latin addresses by Aldus to Francesco Faseolo in part I and to Giambattista Egnazio in part III, colophon and register in Latin at end of parts II, III(i) and III(ii). Aldine device on each title and at end of part III (Fletcher f4 on parts I-II and at end, f3 on III). 48 lines and headline, initial spaces with guide-letter. (Part III title on guard and extended at top margin, small hole in final leaf of pt. II affecting 2 words, small marginal hole in title, very occasional small stain.) Red straight-grained morocco by Roger Payne (identified in Dent catalogue), gilt fillet border on sides, spine lettered in gilt, brown endpapers, gilt edges, (minor scratches on front cover of vol. I). Provenance: early inscription washed from title -- John Dent (Catalogue, 1825, p. 188; his sale, Evans pt. II, 25 April 1827, lot 929, described in its present binding, £8.8 to Thorpe, annotation on front flyleaf recording this price and £1.5 commission) -- Richard Heber (stamp on flyleaf, sale pt. I, 1834, lot 5282, £10.10).
EDITIO PRINCEPS of the works of the Attic orators, with the exception of Demosthenes, who had already been published, and one of the most important publications of the Aldine Press. The Botfield copy includes a leaf blank but for 2 lines in Greek and Latin advising the binder to cut it away, which is preserved between pages 14 and 15 in only a few copies (cf. Renouard); it has here been placed before the beginning of the text. Adams O-244; Ahmanson-Murphy 95/1-4; Bigliazzi, Laurenziana, 114; Hoffman III, p.167; Renouard 60:2. (2)