TERENTIUS AFER, Publius. Comoediae. - Directio vocabulorum. Gloss and commentary by Aelius Donatus, Guido Juvenalis and Jodocus Badius Ascensius. -Vita Terentii. Strassburg: Johann (Reinhard) Grüninger, 1 November 1496.
Super-chancery 2° (309 x 208mm). Collation: a6 b-c8 d-z6 A-E6 F8 (a1r title with full-page woodcut, a1v blank, a2r Directorio vocabulorum, a5v epitaph of Terence, a6r Vita, excerpted from Petrarca, a6v full-page woodcut, b1r text, F7v colophon, F8 blank). 179 leaves (of 180, without final blank; d6 and p4 supplied from another copy). Text with commentary surround, 73 lines of commentary and headline. Type: 17:145 (title, headlines, etc.), 22:89 (title, text), 23.64b (commentary), 4:48 (point letters). 165 woodcuts, of which 8 are full page, a few touched with amateur early colour, character names written in blank banderols, large woodcut ornamental initial opening the Life, initial spaces with guide-letter. (Some staining, small wormholes touching some letters, occasionally repaired, a few repaired marginal tears.) 17th-century calf, gilt spine, 19th-century paper spine labels (neat repairs at spine, small stain on back cover, new endpapers); modern box. Provenance: contemporary annotations -- early inscriptions removed from first and last leaves.
SECOND ILLUSTRATED EDITION, THE FIRST GRüNINGER EDITION. It is illustrated with a remarkable series of woodcuts marking a stylistic shift in German book illustration, particularly in representing tone and dimensionality. New to this edition are the full-page woodcuts opening each play which depict the dramatis personae set within a land- or cityscape. Grüninger re-used his series in a 1499 edition, and it was copied by Vérard for his edition of about 1500. (Cf. M. Chévre, 'Imitations et Originalité quelques Illustrations de Terence du XVème au XVIème Siècle,' Gutenberg-Jahrbuch, 1961, pp. 207-214.) HC *15431; BMC I, 110 (IB. 1437); Schreiber 5331; Schramm XX, p.22; CIBN T-83; BSB-Ink. T-103; Goff T-94.