Trajecti ad Rhenum: Ex Officini Francisci Halma, 1694. First Tollius edition. 4to, pp., , 408, . Engraved title-page; Printed with Greek and Latin texts on facing pages, woodcut printer's device, ornaments and initials, full vellum backed marble boards with leather label. Upper margin along the hinge shows a water mark in the preliminary matter, o/w a very nice clean copy. Item #20082
Longinus was a Greek Platonic philosopher and rhetorician of the 3rd century AD. He studied in Alexandria and taught in Athens. He was beheaded by Emperor Aurelian in 273 A.D. but is remembered for his Philosophical Discourses, On First Principles, On the Chief End. His authorship of the present work is desputed. Praised by Dibdin and Gibbon, this edition of these commentaries on The Sublime by the anonymous author known as Longinus "is one of the greatest of all critical acheievements. An illuminating dissertation on style, accompanied by many penetrating judgements as well as suggestive pronouncements on critical standards and principles, the treatise is unique in its interpretation of the classical spirit, its compelling enthusiasms, its sanity, its freshness and its unerring insights into the essentials of art."(OCD).