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    Publius Terentius Afer [Terence]. Il Terentio Latino, Comentatio in Lingua Toscana, e ridotto á la Sua Vera Latinitá, á i Generosi, e Manganimi Signori Don Francesco, e Don Giovanni Medici, da Giovanni Fabrini da Fighine Fiorentino. Il Qual Comento Espone Parola Per Parola Latina in Toscano, e nel fine di Ciascuna Clausula, Dove Bisogna, Dice Bevemente in Duoi, o tre Modi il Senso. Fatto con tal Ordine, che á chi Intende la Lingua Latina, il Latino, ioe il Testo Gli Dichiara il Comento, e Gli Insegna la Volgare, e chi Intende la Volgare sola col Comento puo Imparar la Latina. Nel Fine é Aggiunto La Interpretatione de la Lingua Volgare, e Latina; Dove si Dichiara con Regole Generali L'una, e L'altra Lingua, e che Differenza e tra Gli Oratori, et i Po'ti Latini, con L'autoritˆ de Primi Scrittori: á la Quale si Cita ne le Annotationi, che Sono nel fine di Ciascuna Scena; Perche Quivi si Dichiara Tutta la Grammatica, Come Ella Stia, e che Ordine si Tenga, si e Detto nel Principio Sotto il suo Titolo. Con Una Tavola Novamente Composta Á Somma Utilitá de Lettori, per Seprimere in Lingua Latina Secondo il Costume Elegantissimo di Terentio, Ogni Dittione Volgare, & Ogni Senso. Venice: Vincentio Valgisi, 1558. Krown & Spellman retail: $500.

    8vo. A-2I8, 2K-2M4, 2N6. [6], 438 pp., 1-34 folia, [36 pp.]. Full old calf, gilt ruling, corners and boards a bit worn. Banded spine, gilt stamp decoration, leather label with title in gilt lettering, very slight damage to head. All edges gilt, feathered endpapers. Bookplate on front pastedown. Light browning with occasional dampstain. Notations in old hand (usually in Latin) throughout text, but particularly on Aa(v) and Dd2-Ee6. Z gathering (pp.347-62) bound just before Y gathering (pp.331-46), in reverse order. Otherwise a nice copy. Text in Tuscan. Printer's device on t.p. and colophon, engraved initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Terence (ca.190-159 B.C.), a North African slave freed by his Roman master, was the playwright of six plays and famed in his own day for his elegant and colloquial style of Latin.  As such, his Latin was studied in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, but he was best known not through translations of his work, but through imitation which was quite rife with respect to plots, characters, and tone in the Renaissance comedies of Italy, France, and England. Adams T351. EDIT 16 CNCE 48059.   

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