A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes (1550, 1555)
Richard Sherry's short treatise is the first rhetoric in English, appearing
just a few years before Thomas Wilson's more comprehensive English rhetoric
(1553). Though it appears to be solely a stylistic rhetoric, a dictionary
of figures of speech, it in fact provides figures of "sentence"
or thought; i.e., rules for the development of subject matter after the
manner of Erasmus in the second half of his De copia verborum ac rerum.
Sherry concludes the treatise with his translation of an oration by Erasmus,
demonstrating how a shorter matter can be rhetorically amplified. A facsimile
edition was published in 1961 (ed. Herbert W. Hildebrant; Gainesville,
Florida: Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, 1961)
Evidence and Plainness
Three Kinds of Style or Inditing
Schemes and Figures
Figures of Sentence
Proofs / Pistis