M. Fabii Quinctiliani de Institutione Oratoria

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Bibliographic Information

Author: Quintilian

Title: M. Fabii Quinctiliani de Institutione Oratoria Libri Duodecim: Juxta Editionem, Quae, ad Fidem Trium Codicum Mss. & Octo Impressorum, Prodiit è Theatro Sheldoniano, Oxonii, An. 1693

Publication Info: Londini: Excudebat E.P. ; Impensis J. Nicholson, 1714.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Quinctilianus de instutitione Oratoriâ. 4to. and given by Thomas Jefferson to his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The precise edition owned by Wythe is unknown. George Wythe's Library[1] on LibraryThing suggests the 1693 edition published at Oxford, noting "This is the only quarto edition in ESTC." The Brown Bibliography[2] lists the London edition published in 1714 based on a copy at the University of Virginia which reported bears the inscription "Thomas J. Randolph, July 18th, 1826." The signature is no longer visible as the book has been rebound, however, Brown notes the size as quarto. The English Short Title Catalog describes the 1714 edition as an octavo. Nevertheless, the Wolf Law Library followed Brown's suggestion and purchased the London edition.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary leather. Front and back boards feature decorative tooling.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.


  1. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on November 13, 2013, http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe
  2. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433