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TERENCE
[Comedies. English. 1765]
The comedies of Terence, translated into familiar blank verse. By George Colman.
London: printed for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt; W. Johnston; W. Flexney; R. Davis; T. Davies, 1765.
[2], lxi, [5], 104, [7], 110--208, [6], 213--619, [1] p., engr. frontis., [7] pl. ; 24.9 cm. (4º)

The divisional title-pages to 'The Eunuch' and 'The Self-Tormenter' are not included in the pagination or register. Pages 441--464 misnumbered 341--364. The frontispiece shows a bust of Terence supported by two stock figures of comedy; six engraved plates depict arrays of ancient masks expressing the various dramatic emotions, and one shows performers and instruments of classical music 'faithfully engraved after the cuts from the Vatican Terence' (Preface). George Colman was a playwright and theatre manager in David Garrick's circle and his translation of Terence received the critical acclaim of his contemporaries. Contents: The life of Terence, translated from Suetonius -- The Andrian -- The Eunuch -- The Self-Tormentor -- The Brothers --The Step-Mother -- Phormio. ESTC t137838; CBEL II, 452; Lowndes IV, 2607.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 14s., 3 October 1808. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price and code in pencil on front free-endpaper Scarce =14s=0, with earlier price in ink 1£:7s:0D struck through in pencil. Earlier ownership inscription in ink on front pastedown: G: Lewis. / 1766. Annotated by Soane in pencil on p. [327] (prologue of 'The Brothers'): apply this / to arch: against text of a footnote: 'If this be theft, &c. Nothing can set the Greek poets in a more exalted light, than to see them, even from the earliest days of the / Romans, not only so eagerly read, but so attentively and so carefully translated, that the Latin authors seldom or ever attempted anything of their own ...'. The errata and the misnumberings of pp. 441--464 are corrected in ink in the text.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1266


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