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  • Terence
  • Londini [London]: Impensis J. et P. Knapton, et G. Sandby, 1751


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2 vols., 8vo, pp. [xxvi], 208; [ii], 209-400, [6] + 6 engraved plates. Early twentieth-century vellum, boards bordered with a double gilt rule, red morocco labels to spines, marbled edges and endpapers. Occasional minor spotting. Boards slightly bowed outwards, labels a touch rubbed, some tiny spots to vellum.


Between 1749 and 1763 William Sandby produced editions of several Latin authors, all elegantly printed and illustrated with engraved plates showing antiques, coins, medallions, etc. that are meant to support passages in the text. This Terence has relatively few illustrations, in this case small reproductions of select illustrations of masks from the 9th-century manuscript Codex Vaticanus Latinus 3868, which had first been printed in Fortiguerra's 1736 Italian translation of Terence.
As usual with Sandby's illustrated Latin classics there are actually two editions: this larger 8vo with the text on 400 pages, and a smaller 8vo with the same text set in smaller type on 358 pages; the plates are the same in both.

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