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P. Terentii Afri

1854 - Londini - Whittingham

12" by 9" - 463pp


 

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Full calf leather binding with signed Eton presentation page.  Text is in Latin.

Complete collection of  Terence's plays which are Andria, Eunuchus, Heauton Timorumenos, Adelphi, Hecyra and Phormio.


Publius Terentius Afer, better known as Terence, was a comic playwright of the Roman Republic. His date of birth is disputed; Aelius Donatus, in his incomplete Commentum Terenti, considers the year 185 BCto be the year Terentius was born; Fenestella, on the other hand, states that he was born ten years earlier, in 195 BC.He was born in Carthage, but he was not Carthaginian as his name states; the Romans used the ethnonym Afer to refer to people born in Africa, but they exclusively used Punicus for the Carthaginians[3]. Probably Terence was of Libyan descent. His comedies were performed for the first time ca. 170-160 BC, and he died young probably in 159 BC, in Greece or on his way back to Rome. He wrote six plays, all of which have survived (by comparison, his predecessor Plautus wrote twenty-one extant plays).

CONDITION

The binding is firm and the rear board is attached.  The front board is detached through present.  There is wear to the extremities including heavy scuffing to the edges and corners with loss to the leather in places.  The spine is split and the top section is partially detached and holding at the rear hinge only.  The bottom section is becoming slightly detached.  Most of the spine label is missing.  Internally the book is generally clean and bright apart from some spotting to the first and last few pages and some isolated spots in the main text.  There is an amorial plate to the front pastedown.  Pages 97 to 99 have half an inch cut off the fore edge. 

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