Publii Terentiii Carthaginiensis Afri Comoediae VI [= Publius Terence of Carthage's Six Comedies]; His accedunt integrae notae Donati, Eugraphii, Faerni, Boecleri, Farnabii, Mer. Casauboni, Tan. Fabri
Amstelodami [= Amsterdam]; Lugduni [= Lyon]: Abrahamum Wolfgang, & Jacobum Hackium, 1686. Later edition. Hardcover. 2 vol bound as one. 8vo. 96, 461; , 465-888,  pp. Full early nineteenth-century calf, spine in six compartments with gold lettering, a gold decoration on each board; all edges gilt. This is an armorial binding, having belonged to Theodore Williams. His stamp, that of a raven above an esquire helmet with the family motto, "Deus Alit Me", decorates the front board, with another armorial stamp of Williams' on the rear board. University of Toronto Libraries, British Armorial Bindings, "Williams, Theodore (1785 -1875)". Theodore Williams was the vicar of Hendon for sixty-three years, after he was ordained a deacon by the Bishop of London. He was an avid book collector, and had his volumes bound in sixteenth and seventeenth-century period styles. Illustrated by an engraved title page depicting a goddess removing a dramatic mask from Terence's face, with a bust of Terence in the background. Illustrations also include woodcut initials, head and tailpieces, and an engraved publisher's device on each of the two title pages. Dibdin 473. Moss 672. Oxford Classical Dictionary 1483-1484. This is the final edition in the Variorum series, with the first edition compiled by Schrevelius and published in Lyon in 1644. It contains the entire Donatus commentary and extensive notes. Moss refers to this edition as the most copious and correct one. Terence is reported to have been born in Carthage, and was a slave until he was freed shortly after he arrived to Rome. All six of his plays survive, with his prologues extant. Terence's plays are remembered for their well-constructed plots and sympathetic portrayal of human relationships. His prologues are unique in that he uses them to occasionally spar with his critics. Terence payed a great deal of homage to Greek tragedy, and to the plays of Menander (occasionally taking elements from these plays and inserting them into his own). His dialogue was very faithful to every-day Latin conversation, and his plays were widely read during the centuries after his death. Very Good. Item #00009325
A Very Good book with notable surface rubbing to the joints and to the spine tips and minor age darkening to the edges of the boards.