The Feast of Bacchus.

Oxford: Henry Daniel, 1889. Small 4to., [8], 94, [2] pp., printers device on verso of the leaf preceding the half title, headpieces for each Act, tailpiece at conclusion, and printers flourish tailpieces after final Note. Original vellum-backed light-blue boards, slightly rubbed and darkened to edges, handmade paper untrimmed. Bookplate of Frederic Morrell to front pastedown, and his pencil inscription above, plus a signed autograph note from C.H. Daniel to Frederic Morrell thanking the latter for his patrongage of the press, a signed handwritten receipt for the book, dated May 30th 1890, and a printed invitation to a sale of needlework at Worcester House, Worcester College, Oxford, circa 1890 [presumably printed the Daniel Press], loosely inserted, First edition. Of 105 copies printed this is number 92. A singular ‘attempt to give Menander to the English stage.’ Terence’s Heautontimorumenos is taken, and five-sixths (the slaves and their intrigue) are suppressed. Some necessary expansion to suit the modern stage, is introduced, and the subject and language freely treated in the way in which Menander may be supposed to have written. The metre is six-stressed lines, a new verse between prose and poetry, a ‘loose varying rhythm.’ DP 18. Item #108079

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