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MILNER, John (1718--1779)
Rhetoric; or the principles of oratory delineated: in which all the branches of that noble art are considered, and supported by large quotations, in the form of notes, from Cicero and Quintilian, &c. The whole is illustrated by some considerable extract; from Mr. Rollin's method of studying the belles lettres; &c. Together with Figura metrica or the principal figures of grammar and rhetorick in eighty four Latin verses, to be learned by heart; with notes explaining both name and thing. ... Drawn up at first to serve a private occasion of life, and now made publick as a testimony of respect to the British youth.
London: printed for J. Gray, 1736.
[14], 85, [1], 8 p. ; 19.3 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. A MS. annotation, in the Bamburgh Collection copy, possibly in the hand of Thomas Sharp (1725--1772), facing the title-page, states This book in Osborne's Catalogue go's under the title of Milner's Rhetoric. This would seem to indicate that the book is by John Milner (1718--1779), supported by the references in the dedication to 'another Treatise which I published a few years since, viz. A Practical Grammar of the Latin Tongue' (prelim. p. [vii]; q.v.), and in the preface to 'A Practical Grammar of the Greek Tongue published in year 1734' as part of the author's 'Design for the Rudiments and Grounds of Classick Knowledge' (prelim. p. [xiii]). Both works, also published by Gray, are advertised on p. [86], and the titles of both end with the phrase 'Drawn up at first to serve a private occasion of life and now made publick, as a testimony of respect for the British youth'. The main text is preceded by a special title-page reading 'A Supplement to Grammar: Containing Brief Institutions Of Rhetoric, Especially relating To Tropes and Figures.'. 'Figurarum Insigniorum Tractatio Brevis, et Metrica' has separate pagination and register. . Title-page in red and black. ESTC n12979.

Copy Notes The Soane copy has the 8-pp. 'Figura Metrica' misbound to precede the main text. Bound (1) with two other contemporary brief texts on rhetoric by Thomas Farnaby (q.v.) and John Stirling (q.v.). Free-endpapers at beginning and end used for intensive MSS. listing of 'Derivationes' in Greek and Latin in two columns; final column blank on end leaf.

Binding C18th calf, blind double-ruled borders with additional blind roll-tool parallel to spine, red morocco spine-label, spine title: 'Rhetorick'.

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