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Author: [Terence] Terentius Afer, Publius: (Patrick, Samuel, ed. & trans.):

Title: Comedies, Translated into English Prose [...] Together with the Original Latin from the Best Editions. [...] With Notes pointing out the Connexion of the Several Scenes, and an Index Critical and Phraseological. The Whole adapted to the Capacities of Youth at School, as well as of Private Gentlemen.

Publication: London: printed for J. Oswald, 1745.

Description: First edition. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. xxxvi, 383, [i]; [v], 386-713, [xxxv]. Parallel Latin and English texts and annotations. Both title-pages in red and black with engraved vignettes, bookseller's lists to final page of vol. I and first leaf of vol.II. Very occasional light spots and smudges. Contemporary brown speckled calf, raised bands, title and volume gilt labels to spines, edges sprinkled red. Spines a little rubbed with endcaps lost to vol. I, joints starting to crack at each head but bindings still firm, vol. II's upper corners slightly worn, endpapers toned at edges from contact with leather turn-ins, a very good set overall. Volume I: recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front paste-down, with 'ex dono J.M.N. H.R.P.N. mcmlxxii' written just above; a few pencilled bookseller's notes to endpapers. To both volumes, title-page verso, Jacobean style armorial bookplate of James Hustler of 'Acklam in Cleveland in the North Riding of the County of York' dated 1730 (Franks 15821).

'Patrick, Samuel (16841748), classical scholar, was for some years usher (that is, second master) at Charterhouse School. Patrick appears to have been a figure like Scott's Dominie Sampson, deeply read in the classics and ignorant and oblivious of most other matters. He established some reputation as a scholar by his translation of Terence's Comedies (1745) and his edition of Robert Ainsworth's Latin Dictionary (1746). He also edited M. B. Hederici lexicon manuale Graecum (1727), C. Cellarii geographia antiqua (6th edn, 1731), and collaborated with George Thompson in the preparation of his Apparatus ad linguam Graecam ordine novo digestus (1732). Late in life Patrick was apparently granted the degree of LLD from St Andrews University. He also took holy orders, but received no preferment. He was married, though nothing is known of his wife. He died at Kentish Town, Middlesex, on 20 March 1748. Recensions of the Clavis Homerica (1771) and the Colloquia of Erasmus (1773) also purport to be by him.' (ODNB)

Bibliography: ESTC T137484

Reference Number: [52262]

Price: £200


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