[Works]. Publii Terentii comoediae.

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Creator

Terence.

Title

[Works]. Publii Terentii comoediae.

Publisher

Paris: Imp. Royale,

Date

1642.

Description

In 1639 Cardinal Richelieu persuaded Louis XIII to establish a new press dedicated to the revitalization of book design and typography in France. The Imprimerie Royale, or Typographia Regia, commenced work in 1640 under the direction of Sébastien Cramoisy (1585–1669). This edition of Terence, published in 1644, is typical of the ornate and sophisticated volumes issued by the press. This copy belonged to a great seventeenth century bibliophile, Jean Baptiste Colbert (1619–1683), the powerful minister of finance under King Louis XIV.

Source

Gift of Philip Hofer in memory of Ruth Shepard Granniss, 1956.