A magnificent edition of Terence's work, translated into the vernacular and accompanied by the commentary of one of the most accredited Italian scholars and humanists. A commentary of incredible richness that clarifies and illuminates the Latin form, renders it in the most hidden folds adding precious and exhaustive explanations and glosses.
Coeval floppy hardback binding with title handwritten on the spine; signs of wear on the endpapers, title page, dedication of Giovanni Fabrini to Cosimo de’ Medici, ink stain on the outer margin of the first and last sheets, the latter replenished with tissue paper, browning. Pp. , 438, sheets 34, pages . Pressmark: A-Ii8 Kk-Mm4 Nn6. - Woodcut initials - Brand (Z1036) on the title page and (U28) on sheet Nn6v.
Latin text in italics, glosses surrounding it in beautiful round Roman lettering. Lovely ornate drop caps enrich the text at the beginning od each of the comedies. Beautiful layout with wide margins, printed on well-laid and rustling paper.
Fabrini, Giovanni: Tuscan scholar and rhetorician born in Figline (FI) in 1516 and died in Venice in 1580. Translator of Latin classics (Cicero, Terence).
Name on the editions: Giovanni Fabrini da Figline; Giouanni Fabrini da Fighine; Giouanni Fabrini figlinese fiorentino.
Publius Terentius Afer (Carthage, c. 190-185 BC – Stymfalia, 159 BC) was a Roman playwright, probably of Berber ethnicity, active in Rome from 166 BC to 160 BC.
With comment by Aelius Donatus, undoubtedly the most influential grammarian of his time (as is also attested by the title ‘clarissimus’ he was given). Probably of African origin, he also taught rhetoric and had St Jerome and Rufinus among his students.
Terence wrote only six comedies, all of which survived up to the present day in their entirety.
Andria: it is the first Latin theatre work in which the prologue is dedicated not to the exhibition of content, but to literary controversy. In the first verses, in fact, Terence defends himself against the accusation of plagiarism and contamination.
Hecyra: (‘The Mother-in-Law’) is inspired by two comedies, one by Apollodorus of Caristo and another by Menander. It was first staged in 165 BC.
Heautontimorumenos (Greek: ‘The Punisher of Himself’) is reworked from Menander’s eponymous play. It was successfully staged in 163 BC.
Eunuchus (‘The Eunuch’) is a comedy inspired by two different works by Menander. It was staged in 161 BC and was Terence’s greatest success.
Phormio is a play successfully performed in 161 BC; its Greek model is the Epidikazòmenos (‘The Suitor’) of Apollodorus of Charysto.
Adelphoe: Comedy about two brothers and their fathers, with different mentalities and educational methods; taken from the eponymous work by Menander. It was staged in 160 BC.
Full title and authors:
Il Terentio latino COMENTATO IN LINGVA TOSCANA E RIDOTTO à la sua uera latinità à i Generosi e Magnanimi signori Don Francesco e Don Giouanni Medici da Giouanni Fabrini da Fighine Fiorentino
IL QUAL COMENTO ESPONE PAROLA PER Parola Latina in Toscano e nel fine di ciascuna clausula doue bisogna, dice breuemente in duoi o tre modi il senso. Fatto con tal ordine che à chi intende la lingua latina il latino cioè il testo gli dichiara il comento e gli insegna la uolgare, e chi intende la uolgare sola, col comento puo imparar la latina.
NEL FINE E' AGGIUNTO LA INTERPRETATIONE DE la lingua uolgare e latina doue dichiara con regole generali l'una e l'altra lingua e che differenza é tra gli Oratori e i Poëti latini con l'autorità de primi scrittori a la quale si cita ne le Annotationi che sono nel fine di ciascuna Scena perche quiui si dichiara tutta la Grammatica come ella stia e che ordine si tenga, fé detto nel principio sotto il suo titolo Composto dal medesimo à medesimi
CON UNA TAVOLA NOVAMENTE COMPOSTA A SOMMA utilità dei lettori per esprimere in lingua latina secondo il costume elegantissimo di Terentio ogni dittione uolgare & ogni senfo.
In Vinegia : appresso Vincentio Valgrisi, 1567
Giovanni Fabrini da Fighine
Terentius Afer, Publius.
- Number of Books
- Incunabula & early printing, Literature
- Author/ Illustrator
- Terenzio / Giovanni da Fighine fiorentino
- Book Title
- Il Terentio latino
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition Thus
- Original language
- In Vinegia : appresso Vincentio Valgrisi, 1567
- Binding/ Material
- Other - see description
- Number of pages
- 215×172 mm