Title: Publii Terentii Afri Comoediae
Publisher: Typis Johannis Baskerville, Birmingham
Publication Date: 1772
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Large 4to (292 x 236mm). , 364pp. Original diced calf, tooled in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, marbled edged; (joints splitting, corners bumped). From the library of Abel E. Berland, distinguished bibliophile, his bookplate to front pastedown. First Baskerville Edition. The quarto edition was printed the same year as the duodecimo edition. It prints the following plays: Andria, Eunuchus, Heautontimorumenos, Adelphi, Phormio and Hecyra, each play having a separate title with list of characters. Terence was a playwright of the Roman republic, he adapted comedies from the Greek Attic drama and all six of his plays have survived. John Baskerville (1706-1775) was born at Wolverley, near Kidderminster to a small farming family. He moved to Birmingham in 1726, working as a writer, a letter-cutter and a "japanner" (working in varnished goods to imitate Japanese lacquer). About 1750, Baskerville began to plan an additional career as a printer and typefounder, being particularly concerned to perfect a beautiful typeface, more aligned to the work of writing-masters using the new calligraphic styles of Europe. Additionally, he was concerned with constructing printing presses to a high standard in order to produce a very accurate impress. Baskerville is credited with transforming English typography and producing the first modern typeface. Fine Baskerville First Edition of the Classic Comedies of Terence. First Edition thus, First Baskerville Edition. Bookseller Inventory # D2470
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