Lugduni Batavorum: Joannem de Vivie, 1720. Hardcover. Quintiliani (Quinctilianus) was a well-known Roman philosopher and orator. He wrote and published his one surviving work, Institutione Oratoria, in twelve books, prior to 96 CE.It describes the life and training of an orator from birth until maturity.Book 1 covers the importance of language as a foundation in early education, including the influence of nurses, parents, and slaves, as well as the superiority of schools over home education. Book 2 discusses the entrance of a boy into rhetoric school, the qualities of a good instructor, and guidelines for students working together. Books 3-7 discuss technicalities of oration in court speeches. Books 8-11 illuminate Quintilian’s views on oratory style and delivery. Perhaps most interesting is Book 10, where Quintilian gives his uncensored views of famous Greek and Latin writers. Book 12 sums up the discussion of an ideal orator by elucidating the personal and moral characteristics which make a vir bonus dicendi peritus, ‘a good man who knows how to speak’ (Quintilian quoting Cato the Elder). Quintilian insisted on eloquence as a moral force, but was most concerned with good content to help shape sensible men.The twelve books are bound here as one volume. Bound in contemporary vellum boards with neatly inked black title to spine. Embossed floral image and rules to both boards. Raised bands to spine. Two inch long split to top of front joint. Soiling to boards and wear to corners, as is common with a book of this age. The front hinge is starting with a split along the interior. The title page, printed in red and black, faces a nicely engraved frontispiece illustration. Some foxing and browning throughout the interior, with waterstaining to first few pages. Includes a timeline in the rear. Despite flaws in nice condition. Continuous pagination: 1178 pages plus addenda. LAT/043009. Very Good.