Orationes de Republica duodecim, cum Wolfiana Interpretatione denuo castigata, Et notis historicis J.V. Lucchesinii. Accessit Philippi Epistola. Edidit Guilielmus Allen, A.M.

  • Demosthenes
  • Londini [London]: Impensis C. Bathurst 1755
  • ESTC T138476.


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2 vols., 8vo, pp. 8, 184, 166; [ii], 447, [1, ads] + frontispiece in each vol. (that in vol. 2 a folding map). The Greek text sections of vol. 1 interleaved with blanks. Contemporary reverse calf, boards bordered in blind. Lightly toned, a little marginal staining at beginning of vol. 2, several of the interleaves excised. Rebacked to style, new black leather labels, hinges relined. Some 28 leaves of the interleaved blanks, covering four orations, filled with an English translation in a later hand. Ownership inscription of H.G. Monro to front pastedown of each vol., vol. 1 also with modern inscription of A. Tomberg and early book-label of Mr. C. Cottrell at front, early ownership inscription of Jeremy Bedford Esqr, Pet. Coll. Cam. at rear along with an accomplished doodle of a man in profile.


An interesting copy of the first edition of Demosthenes edited by William Allen, about whom little seems to be known; this appears to be his only publication. This copy was interleaved with blanks within the sections of Greek text at the time of original binding, but these only appear to have been used perhaps 75 or 100 years later - judging by the hand, which does not seem an obvious match for any of the ownership inscriptions - when translations were written in for four of the orations. Several of the blanks have been excised, leaving just enough stub to show that the excised leaves seem to have also been used for translations in the same hand; perhaps they contained too many mistakes.

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