(THE ARCADIAN RHETORIKE)
[ Abraham Fraunce issued, in 1588, from the press of Thomas Orwin, The Arcadian Rhetorike: ∣ Or ∣ The Prœcepts of Rhelorike made plaine ∣ by examples, Greeke, Latin, English, Ita∣lian, French, Spanish, out of ∥ Homers Ilias, and Odissea, ∣ Virgils Ælogs, Georgikes, and Æneis ∣ Sir Philip Sydneis Arcadiæ, Songs, and Sonets, ∣ Torquato Tassoes Gosfredo, Aminta, Torrismondo, ∣ Salust his Judith, and both his Semaines, ∣ Boscan and Garcilassoes Sonets and Æglogs. ∥ Only one copy is preserved, that in the Bodleian ( Malone 514). Sheet B 1-8 (eight leaves) is missing. A MS. note on the fly-leaf states that the tract was entered on the Stationers' Books by T. Gubbyn and J. Newman on June 11, 1588.
A summary and a few extracts are here given in place of the complete text, which consists almost entirely of quotations from the authors named above. The rhetorical plan of the book is less elaborate than that of the contemporary Arte of Englishe Poesie (q. v. vol. ii. p. 1). The volume is dedicated 'To the Right excellent and most honorable Ladie, the Ladie Marie, Countesse of Pembroke,' in words which are printed thus1:
'Voi, pia nympha, tuum quem tolse, la morte, Philippum.
AEdentem llenas cœlesti melle palabras.
Italicum lumen, flowre of Fraunce, splendor Iberus,
Italicus Tasso, French Salust, Boscan Iberus,