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Lot 1310: 3V Charles Rollin THE METHOD OF TEACHING AND STUDYING THE BELLES LETTRES 1769 Antique Rhetoric Language Poetry History Philosophy Leather Bindings
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Method of Teaching and Studying the Belles Lettres, or an Introduction to Languages, Poetry, Rhetoric, History, Moral Philosophy, Physicks, &c with Reflections on Taste; and Instructions, with regard to the Eloquence of the Pulpit, the Bar and the Stage. The Whole Illustrated with Passages from the Most Famous Poets and Orators, Ancient and Modern, with Critical Remarks on Them. Designed More Particularly for Students in the Universities.
Author: Charles Rollin - Charles Rollin was a French historian and educator. He was born in Paris. In 1694 he was rector of the University of Paris, rendering great service among other things by reviving the study of Greek. He held that post for two years instead of one, and in 1699 was appointed principal of the Collège de Beauvais.
Rollin held Jansenist principles, and even went so far as to defend the miracles supposed to be worked at the tomb of François de Paris, commonly known as Deacon Paris. Unfortunately his religious opinions deprived him of his appointments and disqualified him for the rectorship, to which in 1719 he had been re-elected. It is said that the same reason prevented his election to the Academie francaise, though he was a member of the Academie des Inscriptions. Shortly before his death he protested publicly against the acceptance of the bull Unigenitus.
Rollin's literary work dates chiefly from the later years of his life, when he had been forbidden to teach. His once famous "Ancient History" (Paris, 1730-38), and the less generally read "Roman History," which followed it, were avowed compilations, uncritical and somewhat inaccurate. But they instructed and interested, generation after generation. A more original and really important work was his "Traite des etudes" (Paris, 1726-31). It contains a summary of what was even then a reformed and innovative system of education, including a more frequent and extensive use of the vulgar tongue, and discarded the medieval traditions that had lingered in France.
Publisher: Printed for W. Strahan and 12 others
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: This is volume IV only of the four volumes of this collection of works by Charles Rollin, the first edition of the translation into English of this seminal work in the development of belletristic rhetoric, designed to improve the understanding and manners of university students.An 18th-century study of rhetoric as demonstrated in ancient authors.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is bound in full leather with raised bands. There is stamped gilt lettering/ornamentation to the spines and light external rubbing and toning. The bindings appear sound with some weakness to the hinges. There are bookplates affixed to the front pastedowns. The pages show mild age toning and occasional light foxing.
Last fifty pages of text block show water stain at lower inside corners. Previous owner's name appears at top margin of title page and top right-hand corner of flyleaf. Pages are otherwise clean and bright.
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