This is a complete set, volumes 1 through 5, of the first english translations of “The Comedies of Plautus” (342, 386, 400, 399 & 416 pages), printed by Lister from 1767 to 1774 (last two dates are incorrectly entered in the books).
These translations were begun but not finished by Bonnell Thornton, who translated the first two volumes. Richard Warner translated the final three. These covers (app. 5,5″ x 8.5″), speckled calf with gilt in red title and volume numbers on the spines, are in good overall condition. They have surface scuffs, shallow edge wear, and burn marks to some boards. These last are superficial (see photo).
The spines are straight and securely connected. The labels are unfaded and clearly legible. Most outside corners are slightly to moderately bumped.
The insides are very good. The blank end pages are sunned, foxed, and with other light stains. Each volume has an ex libris (William Tector) to the inside front cover, and a pencilled ownership notation to the front end page. These are the only attachments and writings.
The body pages are almost uniformly clean. There are occasional spot or other small stains, but most pages are unstained, and all text is unfaded and clearly legible. The bindings are tight, with no loose or missing pages. There are few tears, all shallow, and only surface creases.
The accompanying photos are accurate reflections of the set conditions.
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