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[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: [Phaedrus:] [Publius Syrius:] (Faernus, Gabriel; Bentley, Richard, eds.:)

Comoediae, Phaedri Fabulae Aesopiae, Publii Syri et aliorum veterum sententiae, ex recensione et cum notis Richardi Bentleii.

[Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: [Phaedrus:] [Publius Syrius:] (Faernus, Gabriel; Bentley, Richard, eds.:)

Comoediae, Phaedri Fabulae Aesopiae, Publii Syri et aliorum veterum sententiae, ex recensione et cum notis Richardi Bentleii. Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: Apud Cornelium Crownfield 1726

Description

First edition. 2 vols. in 1. 4to., pp. [vii], xxv, 444; [viii], 87, [i] + portrait frontispiece to each volume. Internally clean and bright. 19th-century full brown speckled calf, rebacked (neatly but in a slightly lighter colour) with original spine retained. Spine gilt, raised bands, red label, gilt borders and dentelles to each board, marbled edges. Lightly rubbed, corners a little worn, upper hinge carefully repaired. A very good copy.

Provenance

Ownership inscription of Jo. Posie (?) to title page, with a few numbers between lines of text.

Bibliography

ESTC T147529

Footnote

The first edition of Bentley’s important edition of Terence, “in which the text is corrected in about a thousand passages, mainly on grounds of metre” (Sandys). Prompted by the edition of Bishop Hare, published in 1724, which failed to acknowledge its use of his work on metrics, Bentley rushed his own edition into print within two years, adding to it a preface on metrics, a speech on the symbols of the doctoral degree, and an edition of Phaedrus. A second edition was published ed in Amsterdam the following year.

Price

£375.00