Author: Publius Terentius Afer
Publisher: London, Charles Whittingham for Eton College, 1854
First edition thus.
4to., full tan calf gilt, green leather letterpieces to the banded spine, with gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With the armorial bookplate of Eric Carrington Smith to the front pastedown and inscribed to him on the prize leaf, with date 1856. The binding rubbed and scuffed, internally with occasional light scattered foxing. A good copy.
Terence was a Roman playwright during the Roman Republic, of Berber descent. His comedies were performed for the first time around 170–160 BC. Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him. The six plays appear in order: Andria (The Girl from Andros) (166 BC); Eunuchus (161 BC); Heauton Timorumenos (The Self-Tormentor) (163 BC); Adelphi (The Brothers) (160 BC); Hecyra (The Mother-in-Law) (165 BC); Phormio (161 BC).
Charles Old Goodford (1812?-1884) became headmaster of Eton College in 1853; he edited this edition of Terence's Comedies chiefly to present as a leaving book to sixth-form boys.