London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1702. Leather bound. Sixteenmo size, 228 pp. Very good. Item #19021305
Greek orator and statesmen Demosthenes (384-322 BCE) eloquently argues in this book against the reign of Philip II of Macedon; he praises the greatness of Athens and advocates resistance of Macedonian rule over the Greek states. Through these orations, Demosthenes demonstrates his merit as a rhetorician, with "his steadfastness of purpose, his sincerity, his clear and pungent argument, and his severe control of language" (n. b., quote from the website of Harvard University).
This volume includes a prior owner bookplate from General Philip Honywood (ca. 1710-1785), owner of the Markshall estate and member of the British House of Commons from 1754 to 1784; the Markshall estate was granted to the Markshall family in 1163 and passed through many hands before it was purchased by the Honywood family in 1605.
___DESCRIPTION: Full marbled brown leather, the spine with four raised bands, decorative and ruled borders and lettering in gilt, decorative borders blind-embossed to the edges of the boards, all edges speckled red; sixteenmo size (6.25" by 4"), pagination: [i-vi] 1-222. Tasteful prior owner armorial bookplate belonging to Philip Honywood (mentioned above) on the front paste-down endpaper.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, to the edges of the boards, and to the corners, corners are gently bumped, some rubbing to the joints and slight cracking at the head of the spine, front hinge is slightly cracked but text block is still strong, and a small (half-inch) closed tear to the right margin of page 185.
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