Quintilian, Institutio oratoria ed. Burman (Leiden 1720), title page, detail



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English: Allegorical copper engraving by F. Bleyswyk on the title page of Quintilian’s Institutio oratoria, ed. by Pieter Burman(n) the Elder, Leiden 1720. Full title: M. Fabii Quinc[!]tiliani de institutione oratoria libri duodecim, cum notis et animadversionibus virorum doctorum, summa cura recogniti et emendati per Petrum Burmannum. Lugduni Batavorum, Apud Joannem de Vivie, MDCCXX. — The engraving is a small allegory of rhetorics: On the left side, you see Athena with her owl, the goddess of wisdom. On the right side, you see Mercurius/Hermes, the god of trade and profit, but also of trickery and deceit. Together the two gods describe the range of the rhetorics between wise cousel and tricky persuasion. In the center, a scene of public persuasion.
Deutsch: Allegorische Kupferstich-Vignette von F. Bleyswyk auf der Titelseite von Quintilians Institutio oratoria, hrsg. von Pieter Burman(n) dem Älteren, Leiden 1720. Voller Titel: M. Fabii Quinc[!]tiliani de institutione oratoria libri duodecim, cum notis et animadversionibus virorum doctorum, summa cura recogniti et emendati per Petrum Burmannum. Lugduni Batavorum, Apud Joannem de Vivie, MDCCXX. — Der Kupferstich bildet eine kleine Allegorie der Rhetorik. Auf der linken Seite ist Athene mit ihrer Eule dargestellt, die Göttin der Weisheit. Auf der rechten Seite ist Hermes/Merkur zu sehen, der Gott der Händler und des Gewinns, aber auch der Tricks und Täuschungen. Zusammen beschreiben die beiden Gottheiten den Spielraum der Rhetorik zwischen weisen Ratschlägen und trickreicher Überredung. In der Mitte eine exemplarische Darstellung öffentlicher Redekunst.

1720 (book printed); 2010-01-03 (scan)


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Copper engraving by F. Bleyswyk. Book printed by Jo(h)ann de Vivie. Scanned by Aristeas (Roman Eisele).

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