- Verona, Italy: Editiones Officinae Bodoni, 1971.
- Original parchment-backed paper boards. Top edge gilt, others uncut.
- 122, (4) pages
Price: $1,500.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 136248
Limited to 170 copies. A fine copy in fine publisher's slipcase. The prospectuses loosely inserted.
Text edited by Betty Radice, postscript by Giovanni Mardersteig. Twenty-five illustrations newly cut on wood by Fritz Kredel after Albrecht Durer. Distributed by Chiswick Book Shop of New York. Translated into English by Richard Bernard.
This beautiful book had a lead-time of a little less than 500 years. The illustrations by Dürer are taken from a group of 132 woodblocks in the Kunstmuseum at Basel, uncut, but with illustrations directly drawn on them. The illustrations were intended for a complete edition of Terence's Comedies to have been printed by Johann Amerbach in Basel. Work on this edition began in 1492, with drawings executed by Dürer and others, but its commercial prospects were crippled by Johann Trechsel of Lyons, who in August 1493 published his complete illustrated Terence. All work on Amerbach's edition stopped, and the blocks remained unpublished in Basel: all the illustrations for Andria were by Dürer, and for this edition were newly recut on wood by the New York artist Fritz Kredel.