The Art of Speaking...Containing, I. An essay; in which are given rules for expressing properly the principal passions and humours, which occur in reading, or public speaking; and, II. Lessons taken from the ancients and moderns, (with additions and alterations, where thought useful) exhibiting a variety of matter for practice; the emphatical words printed in italics; with notes of direction referring to the essay. To which are added, a table of the lessons; and an index of the various passions and humours in the essay and lessons ... [Four lines in Latin from Cicero] ... Fifth edition.

Philadelphia: R. Aitken, 1780.

Price: $200.00

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Second American edition. 39,[2],50-277,[11]pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Contemporary sheep, rubbed. Lacks front endpaper. Browning and some dampstaining. Evans 16727; Hildeburn, C.R. Pennsylvania, 4000; ESTC W19978.

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A popular British work on rhetoric and public speaking, with lengthy quotes organized by subject from Ancient Greek and Roman works, as well as Shakespeare and other literary classics. A notable work printed in the midst of the Revolution given the Founding Fathers reliance on such oratory in the establishment of the new American democratic republic. First published in America by Aitken in 1775.