King George IV: Translations from Terence Bound Autograph Manuscript Signed "George P". From the estate of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor. Consists of 70 pages handwritten by the 15-year-old future King of England. He has noted beneath his signature (on a front free endpaper) the following: "Volume 4th. begun Oct. 31st,1777, finished May 23rd, 1778". In a very neat and attractive script, the then-Prince of Wales writes English translations from the original Latin (assumedly) of the following works of the Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer (better known as Terence): The Andria (Act 1 Scene 1); The Aldelphi (Act 1 Scenes 1,2,3); and The Heautontimorumenos (Act 1 Scene 1). One might speculate that this was a school assignment, as it is well known that he was a good student and proficient in several languages.

    This book is handsomely bound in 19th century black morocco with gilt titles on a compartmented spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, 8vo (6.25" x 8"), with a bookplate of a previous owner (Geo.W. Stevens) on the front pastedown. Included with it is a tantalizing fragment of an unidentified Typed Letter Signed dated December 17th, 190_. Most of the text has been lost but the following portion has been mounted to silk: "I send you herewith,, a manuscript volume in the w... Fourth, it being one of his tasks ...ture is on one of the first pages be lamented that his general ... good as his handwriting. With best regards, I am..." The signature is mostly gone. This item was Lot 401 at "The Duke and Duchess of Windsor" sale at Sotheby's, September 11-19, 1997 and still has the lot tag.

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