The Art of Rhetoric, with a Discourse of The Laws of England. London: printed for William Crooke, ...

The Art of Rhetoric, with a Discourse of The Laws of England. London: printed for William Crooke, 1681.

HOBBES, Thomas

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Título: The Art of Rhetoric, with a Discourse of The...

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First joint edition of this abridgement of Hobbes's 'A Briefe of the Art of Rhetorique' (1637), based on his earlier Latin digest of Aristotle's Rhetoric, with (separately paginated) the first appearance of 'A Dialogue between a Phylosopher and A Student, of the Common-Laws of England'. Macdonald & Hargreaves 13. The abridgement of Aristotle's Rhetoric had earlier been published as part of A Compendium of the Art of Logick and Rhetorick in the English Tongue (1651). It has been shown that two short supplementary parts of it (here pp. 135 onwards) are not by Hobbes but by Dudley Fenner, taken from his The Artes of Logike and Rethorike (1584), based on Talaeus. (See Howell, p. 277). 'The three parts of the 1681 text are designated: the abridgment of Aristotle's "art" (entitled in this version "The Whole Art of Rhetorick", p. 1-134), some small matter relating to tropes and figures ("The Art of Rhetorick plainly set forth", p. 135-58), and a short comment on some tricks of reasoning (beginning "Although the Rules of Sophistry", p. 159-68). Crooke may have mistakenly thought that Hobbes was the author or translator of the two additional treatises following the Aristotle digest, and have thus attributed them to him. Or he may have actually known that Hobbes was the editor of such a compilation of varied documents, may have even had access to a Hobbes manuscript thereof, and may have prepared his 1681 text by a comparison of such a manuscript with the 1651 printing; if this be true, then Crooke has identified the editor of A Compendium. [In any event] Aristotle's Rhetoric in the abridged English version of Hobbes and Talaeus' Rhetorica in the abbreviated translation by Fenner published in 1584 are again reprinted in a joint edition. In 1651 they appeared, though in a Compendium, as distinct texts, which set forth two rhetorical traditions different in source, purpose, and organization. In 1681, however, they are superficially unified. By the use of the inclusive title The Art of Rhetoric, the two source documents are obscured. By the substitution of Hobbes's name on the title-page of the second treatise, both rhetorical works are attributed to one man, so that Fenner's work on Talaeus is "added" under Hobbes's name to his own work on Aristotle. And by designating the first treatise as "The Whole Art of Rhetorick" rather than by the distinctive title as "A Briefe of the Art of Rhetorique," emphasis is placed not upon the nature of the source, i.e., that the work is a digest of a longer original, but upon the constituency of the immediate text, i.e., that this first treatise displays the "whole" art of rhetoric, as opposed to the "added" supplementary "small matter relating to that part which concerns tropes and figures"' (Mary C. Dodd, 'The Rhetorics in Molesworth's Edition of Hobbes', Modern Philology, Vol. 50, No. 1 (Aug., 1952), pp. 36-42). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 8vo, portrait frontispiece, [vi], 168, 208 pp., small holes in B2, B3 and C of the second pagination with loss of a few characters, recent quarter calf, uniform light browning, some mild dampstaining at edges, a sound copy. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-13991009378

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