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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Pub. Terentii Comoediae Sex.

TERENTIUS AFER (Publius).

TERENTIUS AFER (Publius).

Pub. Terentii Comoediae Sex Ex recensione Heinsiana.

Engraved title, small woodcut portrait, printed in black and red.

12mo. [130 x 72 x 23 mm]. [24]ff, 304, [8] pp. Bound c.1675 in red goatskin, the covers tooled in gilt with a double fillet border and an all-over design of repeated drawer-handles, a four-petalled flower, a pointed flower, volutes and dots. The spine divided into four panels with gilt compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a large open flower tool and sprigs, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt rolls, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (Rebacked preserving the original spine, tips of the corners worn).
Lugd. Batavorum [i.e. Leiden]: Ex officina Elzeviriana, 1635.

Willems, Les Elzevier, 433.

This appears to be the work of Queens' Binder C, with his four petalled flower tool, a pointillé version with the petals attached to the centre circle, the petals at 3.00 and 9.00 o'clock slightly flattened, and with the 9.00 petal tilted fractionally higher. This tool and a pointed flower tool can be seen in plate 72 in Nixon, Five Centuries of English Bookbinding, on a binding for James Duke of York c.1676. Queens' Binder C is the rarer of the four (or three if A and D are connected, as I suspect).

Bookplate of Newton Hall, Cambridge. Scrawled signature on front fly-leaf.

Stock no. ebc3669

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