Title: Demosthenis orationum pars secunda, 1547
Publisher: Basileae, Per Ioannem Heruagium
A mid 16th century edition of the speeches of Demosthenes. This is the second volume of 3.
One of the greatest Athenian orators, Demosthenes took an interest in public affairs from a young age. During the rise of Philip II, Demosthenes issued his Philippics, a series of speeches warning against the ambitions of the king. The speeches rallied Athens to side with Thebes against Philip, though ultimately unsuccessful as Philip II eventually conquered most of the Greek mainland, and effectively secured Macedonian control. Regardless of the outcome, Demosthenes still continued to speak against Macedonian rule and the restoration of Athenian independence, until his eventual exile and subsequent suicide.
The spine is exposed, revealing 3 fragments of medieval binder’s waste, dating from the 14th century, possibly even the 13th century. The title has also been engraved into the fore edge at the bottom.
One vellum bound volume in octavo, (40)+571+(12) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with wear and staining to the binding. Although the binding is also loosened from the spine, this also allows one to see the fragments of binder’s waste to the spine as well. There is staining throughout and some foxing as well.