Oratores Graeci.



Oratores Graeci.


Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andreae Torresani,


May 1513.


The editiones principes of the works of the Greek orators, with the exception of Demosthenes, whom Aldus had already issued in 1504. The preliminary materials printed in the first gathering required one more page than anticipated, necessitating the addition of a bifolium. The last page of the gathering contains no text, only an instruction to the binder in Greek and Latin to remove the leaf, which binders in later years routinely did. As this copy retains its original binding, doubtlessly executed by a binder who read neither language, the “intentionally blank” leaf remains intact.


From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.