Oct 13, 2022 - Sale 2617

Sale 2617 - Lot 260

Price Realized: $ 5,000
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Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
Terence (d. circa 159 BC) trans. Richard Bernard (1568-1641)
Terence in English. Fabulae comici Facetissimi et Elegantissimi Poetae Terentii.

Cambridge: Ex Officina Iohannis Legat, 1598.

First edition in English, quarto, bound in full contemporary limp parchment, becoming decased, lower corner missing of leaf Y2 with loss of part of a catchword; 7 x 5 in.

Bernard's influential English translation of these plays by Terence appeared in print at a critical moment in the history of the British stage. Shakespeare read Terence in Latin in grammar school, and Bernard's translation was so popular that it saw six editions during his lifetime.

STC 23890; ESTC S118303.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.