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Comodeiae Sex,

TERENTIUS AFER Publius (1726)

£2400.00 

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Ad fidem duodecim amplius Msstorum Codicum, et pluscularum optimae notae Editionum recensitae, et commentario perpetuo illustratae. ... Curavit Arn. Henr. Westerhovius.

2 vols. in 4. 4to. [10], lxxxix, [4], 452; [4], 457-859; [6], 865-1140; [1], 2-244, [371]pp. 290 x 220mm. Engraved frontispiece and engraved portrait of Terence in vol. 1 and engraved frontispiece in vol. 2.Bound circa 1760 in light-brown goatskin, covers tooled with a gilt roll of scrolls and crowns, spines divided into six panels by single raised bands, the second panel lettered in gilt on a green goatskin label and the third numbered on a citron morocco label with a flower tool in the lower corners, the other panels filled with a pointillé lattice work, a flower and bud cresting roll at the head and tail, marbled endleaves, marbled edges (slight damage by worming to the foot of the lower joint of vol. 1).The Hague: Petrus Gosse,

The binding is probably London work but considering the provenance may possibly be Irish.

Edited by Arnold Heinrich Westerhovius, Friedrich Adolf Ebert described this edition as "an edition certainly much sought after, but still unsatisfactory. Westerhovius made use of many MSS. And the best editions, without however doing anything for the criticism of the text, or contributing any thing of his own for its elucidation. His merit is almost wholly confined to an industrious collection of theapparatus up to that period, and yet he has nothing from Hare and Bentley." (A General Bibliographical Dictionary, 1814, no. 22519).

Provenance: 1: From an unidentified pre-War Irish house auction by Battersby & Co., of Dublin, with the lot number "246" on a tag attached by string to vol. 1. A preliminary lot number "533/6" is faintly written in chalk on both front covers (largely erased). Old pencil price "4 v £10"

Stock Code: 56173