Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    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, ...es, a manuscript volume in the w... Fourth, it being one of his tasks ...ture is on one of the first pages ...to 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.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 350

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 September 22 2019 Fall Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Luxury Accessories - Beverly Hills.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 March 6 Rare Books Signature Auction  Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part One - New York
    2019 March 6 Rare Books Signature Auction Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part One - New York
    REALIZED $1,683,726