A DISSERTATION UPON THE EPISTLES OF PHALARIS: WITH AN ANSWER TO THE OBJECTIONS OF THE HON. CHARLES BOYLE
by Bentley, Richard
London: Printed by J. H. for Henry Mortlock, 1699. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, cxii, 549,  index+errata; Fair; bound in full brown leather, paneled spine; front board detached, upper half of rear board detached; severe wear to boards and spine, including scuffing, scraping, pieces of leather scraped off of spine; head and tail of spine chipped; red speckling to text block; page 545 misnumbered 549. ex-library, with blind stamp on title page, page 9, for the American Congressional Association in Boston, torn bookplate on front pastedown, gift inscription on front pastedown; first page of index has traced itself onto facing page; JG consignment; shelved case 0. Bentley was the first Englishman to be ranked with the great heroes of classical learning and was known for his literary and textual criticism. Called the "founder of historical philology", Bentley is credited with the creation of the English school of Hellenism, and introduced the first competitive written examinations in a Western university. He wrote the Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris (1699), his major academic work, almost accidentally. In 1697, William Wotton, about to bring out a second edition of his Ancient and Modern Learning, asked Bentley to write out a paper exposing the spuriousness of the Epistles of Phalaris, long a subject of academic controversy. The Christ Church editor of Phalaris, Charles Boyle, resented Bentley's paper. He had already quarrelled with Bentley in trying to get the manuscript in the royal library collated for his edition (1695). Boyle wrote a response which was accepted by the reading public, although it was much later criticised as showing superficial learning. The demand for Boyle's book required a second printing. When Bentley responded, it was with his dissertation. The truth of its conclusions was not immediately recognised, but it has a high reputation. [wikipedia]; Wing B1929, ESTC R21147;. Dupont.
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