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[Comoediae sex]. Paris, ex officina Rob. Stephani, 1540 (colophon: January

TERENTIUS  (1541).)

£1500.00 

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Estienne's olive tree device on title-page (Shreiber no. 4).12mo (108 x 60mm) [144]ff (last blank). Early 17th century vellum, covers and spine panelled with two sets of double gilt fillets, central panel with fleuron tools at each corner.

A finely bound copy of this tiny pocket edition of Terence. Shreiber notes that it was "printed in Robert's smallest roman type (42r)" and that a copy of this edition was in Montaigne's library (see Armstrong 29). He also discovered an earlier edition of 5 March 1534 (cat. no. 48) "of crucial importance for the history of the Estienne press", unrecorded by Renouard and unknown to Armstrong, which can now be regarded as the first book to be entirely printed in Robert's smallest roman type. Provenance. Inscribed "Arragon" on fly-leaf in a 17th century hand.Paper repair to blank margin of title-page, small ink stain to blank upper margin of a first few leaves; generally a very fresh copy.Schreiber no. 64. Renouard I, p.52, no. 13.

Stock Code: 47722