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Item Description: Printed by Richard Field for Nathaniel Butter, 1611. FIRST COMPLETE EDITION IN ENGLISH, title-page engraved (with some expert repair work around the outer edges, and the inner edge just disappearing into the gutter), initial blank discarded but final blank present, variant additional leaves of sonnets bound in prelims instead of at end, some dustsoiling and marks, pp. [xxviii], 341, [11], [with:] Homer. Homer's Odysses. Translated according to ye Greeke. By Geo: Chapman. Imprinted at London by Rich: Field, for Nathaniell Butter, [1615,] FIRST COMPLETE EDITION IN ENGLISH, title-page engraved (with some expert repair work around the edges), initial and final blanks discarded, leaf Y2 slightly shorter and probably supplied, a little marginal worming in second half expertly repaired (occasionally touching a letter with no significant loss), pp. [x], 376, [2], [with:] Homer. The Crowne of all Homers Worckes Batrachomyomachia or the Battaile of Frogs and Mise. His Hymn's - and - Epigrams translated according to ye originall by George Chapman. Printed by Iohn Bill, his Maiesties Printer, [1624,] FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, title-page engraved (and in the earlier state with 'Worckes' instead of 'Workes'), initial blank discarded, pp. [x], 143, 148-179, [1], 201-207, [5], folio, the three volumes washed and pressed in uniform nineteenth-century red morocco by Riviere, boards with central lozenge shape made of wreaths and flowers and containing a circular frame, blocked in gilt, spines elabroately gilt in compartments, apart from the second and third which are lettered in gilt direct, marbled endpapers, edges gilt, turn-ins also elaborately gilt, armorial bookplate of Thomas Gaisford, leather booklabel of 'Terry' and small booklabel of J.O. Edwards to front pastedowns, modern bookplate to flyleaf, very good. The first complete editions of Chapman's translations of each of the major works attributed to Homer, in a uniform set finely bound, probably for Thomas Gaisford, Dean of Christ Church. Parts of the Iliad had been published before, but the whole work first appeared around 1611 (ESTC adds question marks to all the dates) in this form; the Odyssey similarly saw publication of the first half only in around 1614 before the version here appeared a year later, containing a reissue of the sheets plus the newly-printed second half; the Batrachomyomachia and Hymns are a simpler matter, with this being their first appearance (of around 1624) full stop. The Iliad contains the unsigned bifolium with sonnets to Viscounts Cranborne and Rochester and Sir Edward Philips, which Pforzheimer describes as 'a great rarity, only about six copies having it can be traced'. The bindings are signed 'Bound by Riviere' and were probably produced somewhere around 1840-1850, which matches with the ownership of Thomas Gaisford (1779-1855), classical scholar and dean of Christ Church, Oxford. In the fashion of the time the leaves have been washed and pressed, and repairs performed with consumate skill. Later owners include an unidentified 'Terry' and noted collector of English verse J.O. Edwards. (ESTC S119234, S118235, S119240; Pforzheimer 169, 170, 165; Palmer p. 56-8; see also Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana B1). Bookseller Inventory # 54697

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POPE, Alexander, trans.) HOMER.

Published by London: Bernard Lintot, 1715–26 (1715)

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Item Description: London: Bernard Lintot, 1715–26, 1715. 2 works together, 11 volumes, quarto (220 × 278 mm). Handsomely bound for James Brydges, first duke of Chandos, in contemporary red morocco, spines lettered in gilt, gilt raised bands and compartments, boards panelled in gilt, marbled endpapers, decorative gilt rolls to board-edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. Some skilful restoration to extremities; a little water staining at head to early leaves of Iliad, v.1; ink stain to early leaves of Iliad, v.2, chiefly affecting edges; short tear without loss to upper outer corner of sig. 5N1 (Iliad, v.3) just touching the page numeral only; two conjugate leaves in Iliad v.6 (sigs. 10B1 and 10B4, recte 10X1 and 10X4) extended at head without affecting text (presumably a print shop accident repaired before binding); tear at foot of sig. K2 of Odyssey, v.2, without loss; faint water marking to last leaves of Odyssey, v.5; occasional minor foxing, spotting, or offsetting elsewhere; but a handsome copy of the subscribers edition in a luxury binding. Iliad: engraved frontispiece portrait of Homer by Vertue, folding map, folding view; without the Shield of Achilles plate, often lacking. Odyssey: a different engraved frontispiece portrait of Homer by Vertue. Pictorial headpiece and opening initial to each book. First edition, one of 750 quarto sets for subscribers (there were also copies issued one month later in both large paper and small folio format) of one of the most important publications of its era, notable for establishing Pope as probably the first true professional poet in English. The particular method of publication by subscription in episodic annual volumes was innovative, allowing Bernard Lintot to use profits generated from one volume to finance printing of the next. Pope signed a contract for his new verse translation of Homer's Iliad with Lintot on 23 March 1714, a contract which specified that Lintot could not sell other copies until one month after the poet's 750 special subscribers' copies had been delivered. By presenting the poem in quarto, rather than the folios of Chaucer, Jonson, and Shakespeare, Pope's Homer introduced a new format for canonical literature into English publishing, following the pattern established in France around the middle of the seventeenth century. Pope's third large-scale enterprise, his edition of Shakespeare, completed in 1725, would appear in the same format. This set has the ownership inscription on the first front free endpaper verso dated 1745 of Lady Caroline Brydges, daughter of the second Duke of Chandos, whose father, the first duke, subscribed for ten sets, below the inscription of her mother, née Cassandra Willoughby (1670–1735), recording it as the gift of "my Dear Lord". Lady Caroline Brydges in turn received the set shortly after her father inherited the Chandos titles in August 1744. The pastedowns bear the armorial bookplates (over marks of removed bookplates) of her husband James Leigh (1724–1774) of Adlestrop, Gloucestershire, whom she married on 10 March 1755. The Chandos connection is interesting. James Brydges, the first duke, known to his contemporaries as "The Apollo of the Arts", was a noted patron of, among others, the composer Handel. Pope was subsequently much embarrassed when his Epistle to Burlington, published on 14 December 1731, was falsely alleged to satirize the duke's vast house, Cannons, where Handel had lived and composed for two years. Hogarth caricatured Pope splattering Chandos's carriage and the poet was forced to apologise. Pope's poem had prophesied the demolition of Timon's villa: on inheriting Cannons, the second duke found the family finances so encumbered by the costs of building it that he had it pulled down. The translation of the Iliad took Pope "six years, and at first 'I wished any body would hang me', he told Spence; he was 'under great pain and apprehensions' over it and 'dreamed often of being engaged in a long journey and that I should never get to the end of it' (Spence, 197, 193) Pope ear. Bookseller Inventory # 91745

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Homer.

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Item Description: Brescia: Baptista Farfengum impensa vero d. Francisci Lavini, 1497. small dampmark to upper margin in second half, some other minor spotting, a neatly reinforced wormhole to lower corner of first three leaves, frequent marginal annotations and occasional manicules in an early hand (occasionally just shaved at top or bottom), upper corner of one leaf torn and repaired (through the edge of two lines of text, no loss), ff. [90], folio (295 x 203mm), modern terracotta morocco, spine lettered in gilt, very good. The second edition of Lorenzo Valla's Latin prose translation of the Iliad - the first printed Latin translation - and only the third edition of anything resembling the full text of the Iliad to be printed in any language, following the 1474 first Valla edition and the 1488 Greek editio princeps. (There had otherwise only been numerous editions of the epitome known as the 'Ilias Latina', and Nicolaus de Valle's 1474 translation of excerpts into Latin verse.) Valla (1407-1485) had produced his translation in the early 1440s, working without a Greek lexicon and hence producing a loose translation in (naturally, for a humanist of his era) Ciceronian style. He seemed to be succeeding where other scholars and poets had failed or refused to try - a number of false starts and commissions had borne no fruit earlier in the fifteenth century - but in fact only finished the first sixteen books, before passing the remaining eight to his student, Francesco Griffolini, who completed them in 1458 (see Sowerby, 'Early Humanist Failure with Homer I-II', IJCT, IV.1-2). This crisp and amply margined copy of the second edition was closely read by an early owner, who has added frequent short marginal notes - none more than a few words but with at least a few in the margin of most pages. Many of these simply extract key words, especially proper names, but others go further, including occasional commentary or additional information, a number of substantial lists of heroes (some with familial relations added), and one or two references to other writers, including Ovid. (ISTC ih00312000; Goff H312; Bod-inc H-142; BMC VII 986). Bookseller Inventory # 51016

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Homer; Translated by Alexander Pope.

Published by Bernard Lintot 1715-26., London (1715)

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Item Description: Bernard Lintot 1715-26., London, 1715. First editions of Alexander Pope's monumental illustrated translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Quarto, 11 volumes. Uniformly bound in full contemporary calf, gilt tooling to the spine with red morocco labels. Some rubbing to the spine and extremities, a very good set overall, scarce and desirable in contemporary calf. The subscribers list for the Iliad lists 575 subscribers, including Addison, Congreve, Newton, Steele and others; that for The Odyssey are 610 (including those in the supplementary list appended to the final volume). For the Odyssey, Pope was assisted by Elijah Fenton and William Broome, and pencil notes in the texts identify the responsible party for the specific Books and Notes. That those pencil annotations and incidental others in pencil in the same hand scattered elsewhere are Hobhouse's seems probable, as a pencil note in a quite similar (or same) hand appears at the conclusion of the Postscript to the final volume (14 Dec. 1843 J.H.), suggesting either the date of his acquisition of the set, or more likely, his completion of reading. Editions in folio (large and small) to benefit the publisher followed the appearance of each new volume in a timely fashion, the proceeds from Subscriber's quarto edition having been Pope's exclusively. Encouraged by Swift, Addison and Steele, among others, Pope began translating Homer in 1713. The arduous undertaking would prove to be the most laborious literary enterprise of his life, but one to which he was well-suited. "Idolatry of classical models was an essential part of the religion of men of letters of the day But a Homer in modern English was still wanting. Pope's rising fame and his familiarity with the literary and social leaders made him the man for the opportunity The 'Homer' was long regarded as a masterpiece, and for a century was the source from which clever schoolboys like Byron learnt that Homer was not a mere instrument of torture invented by their masters. No translation of profane literature has ever occupied such a position" (DNB). Bookseller Inventory # 4143

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Homer) Chapman George, translator

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Item Description: London Printed for Nathaniell Butter [1616], 1616. 2 volumes in one. The Rare and True First Edition of the two books, issued together here. This copy highly unusual in that it retains the original ILIADS title page, and with preliminary blank as called for. Engraved general title-page and engraved title by William Hole, portrait of Chapman on verso, engraved dedication to Prince Henry. Folio, in a very handsome binding of full antique calf, spine elaborately gilt in six compartments, one with a red morocco label lettered in gilt. A fine, unwashed copy in antique binding with the spine refurbished to style, unpressed and unwashed, the text complete including the full 1611 ILIADS and the complete ODYSSEYS. A VERY RARE AND COMPLETE COPY OF THIS GREAT TEXT WITH THE THE FIRST EDITION ILIAD TITLE RETAINED, RARE THUS. The final and most complete state of "Chapman’s Homer." It took Chapman 25 years to finish his master translation, meanwhile it was published in segments as he completed them. Seven books of the ILIADS (1-2 and 7-11) first appear in quarto in 1598, then books 1-12 in folio in 1609, and finally all 24 in 1611. Books 1-12 of the ODYSSES were first printed in c.1614 and then reissued with books 13-24 in 1615. Homer’s hymns and verses were separately published, c.1624 as was the BATRACHOMYOMACHIA. As the translation progressed, these works were also published together, so the ILIADS could be found alone, with the first 12 books of the ODYSSES, with the complete ODYSSES and finally with the ILIADS, ODYSSES and CROWNE of minor poems all together. Almost all copies of Chapman’s Homer that include the CROWNE, were issued with the c.1634 second edition of the Illiad, printed by Thomas Harper for Nathanial Butter (earlier printings for Butter,Field and Jaggard had run out). As the various components were put together, the title pages for the individual works were eliminated (though in some copies one or more of these may have been retained), and in the final form the CROWNE’s was also eliminated for continuity. On First Looking Into Chapman's HomerMuch have I travell'd in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I beenWhich bards in fealty to Apollo hold.Oft of one wide expanse had I been told That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet never did I breathe its pure sereneTill I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold.Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken;Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes He star'd at the Pacific - and all his men Look'd at each other with a wild surmise -Silent, upon a peak in Darien. -- John Keats Copies of this highly important work, unwashed AND un-pressed have become rare on in the marketplace. Bookseller Inventory # 21810

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Homer; Translated by Alexander Pope.

Published by Bernard Lintot 1715-26., London (1715)

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Item Description: Bernard Lintot 1715-26., London, 1715. First editions of Alexander Pope's monumental illustrated translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Quarto, Subscribers edition. 11 volumes, uniformly bound in contemporary calf, with gilt titles to the spine and corner ornaments, rebacked to style in brown calf, raised bands. The bookplate in each volume of Sir John C. Hobhouse. John Cam Hobhouse (1786-1869), was Lord Byron's close friend, literary confidante and executor. Frontispiece portrait in first volume of each work, engraved title vignette in second, folding map and folding view of the Siege of Troy, engraved head and tail pieces, decorated initials. Moderate foxing, tanning and offsetting in first four volumes of The Iliad, which is often encountered. The Odyssey, apart from some occasional marginal dusting, is generally crisp and fresh. Laid in is a one page a.n.s., undated, to Hobhouse, endeavoring to arrange a meeting, signatory illegible. The subscribers list for the Iliad lists 575 subscribers, including Addison, Congreve, Newton, Steele and others; that for The Odyssey are 610 (including those in the supplementary list appended to the final volume). For the Odyssey, Pope was assisted by Elijah Fenton and William Broome, and pencil notes in the texts identify the responsible party for the specific Books and Notes. That those pencil annotations and incidental others in pencil in the same hand scattered elsewhere are Hobhouse's seems probable, as a pencil note in a quite similar (or same) hand appears at the conclusion of the Postscript to the final volume (14 Dec. 1843 J.H.), suggesting either the date of his acquisition of the set, or more likely, his completion of reading. Editions in folio (large and small) to benefit the publisher followed the appearance of each new volume in a timely fashion, the proceeds from Subscriber's quarto edition having been Pope's exclusively. Encouraged by Swift, Addison and Steele, among others, Pope began translating Homer in 1713. The arduous undertaking would prove to be the most laborious literary enterprise of his life, but one to which he was well-suited. "Idolatry of classical models was an essential part of the religion of men of letters of the day But a Homer in modern English was still wanting. Pope's rising fame and his familiarity with the literary and social leaders made him the man for the opportunity The 'Homer' was long regarded as a masterpiece, and for a century was the source from which clever schoolboys like Byron learnt that Homer was not a mere instrument of torture invented by their masters. No translation of profane literature has ever occupied such a position" (DNB). Bookseller Inventory # 3361

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Homer [Alexander Pope, Trans]

Published by Bernard Lintott, London (1715)

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Item Description: Bernard Lintott, London, 1715. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. All vols spine edges worn, all boards attached; three hinges with cords showing, but holding; paper is clean with minimal foxing or flaws; the leather is in well preserved, showing some wear and age but basically sound; the leather spine label looks slightly newer than the binding (which appears original) . For more details, call or email. Photos available on request. ; Folio, 8.5" x 11", full leather, raised bands. Subscriber edition, armourial bookplate of Edward Smyth of Hill Hall, Essex. Pagination: Iliad has continuous pagination, 1082 pp & index; Odyssey each vol. Indivdually paginated; Vol 1 of each set has a frontis engraving, other smaller plates; Vol has a map; For further details, please call or email. Scans available on request; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 43601

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HOMER, [POPE, ALEXANDER - Trans.]

Published by Printed By W. Bower, for Bernard Lintott Between the Temple-Gates, 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, 1720, 1720, London (1715)

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Item Description: Printed By W. Bower, for Bernard Lintott Between the Temple-Gates, 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, 1720, 1720, London, 1715. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 6 Volumes with 24 books and 24 Observations on the books, each with its own title-page; 27.5 cm x 22 cm; Vol. 2 is dated 1716; vol. 3 1717; vol. 4 1718; vol.5, 6 1720. In vols. 2-6, Lintot's name in the imprint is spelt with single final 'T'. Pp. [42] - Preface, 63 - An Essay on the Life, Writings, and Learning of Homer, 1882, [32] - indices. Title-pages in red & black, half-title to vol. 1, Privilege Leaf in each volume (30-line leaf in vol. 1), Sig. A-A4v - Subscriber List, 28 engraved headpieces, 38 tailpieces, and 51 initials, plus engraved frontispiece, folding map, folding plate, plate of "The Shield of Achilles", Vol. 3 has addtional title-page in black only. Original full leather binding with a Cambridge panel, 5 raised bands, gilt panelled spinestrip, gilt-stamped leather spine labels, faded red-speckled edges. Covers worn and scuffed, joints rubbed, spine gilt dulled, minor repairs were done some time ago with some volumes re-cornered and hinges strengthened using Japanese paper, text block is lightly soiled with occasional offsetting from the ink, and occasional spotting, all volumes contain the engraved bookplate of "Col. Francis Alexander of Belmont near Uxbridge" a collector of manuscripts and rare books who was listed in Hazlitt's "A Roll of Honour," vols. 2-6 also contain the simple armorial bookplate of William Paget on the front pastedown. ESTC T14925. Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 19724

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Pope (Alexander, translator) HOMER.

Published by Printed by W. Bowyer for Bernard Lintott -26 (1715)

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Item Description: Printed by W. Bowyer for Bernard Lintott -26, 1715. FIRST EDITIONS, LARGE PAPER COPIES (14 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches), title-pages of the Odyssey printed in red and black, with all the plates as called for except the Troy plate (often missing), the double-page map hand-coloured in outline, some spotting and browning in vol. iii of the Iliad, the same but less in v, worming in the lower margins of iv of the Odyssey extending as a single pinhole into the beginnings of v, no loss of text, one or two other minor faults marked by slips of paper, sporadic minor dust-staining in the upper margins but only 2 pages notably marked, staining to 2 leaves in the Postscript to the Odyssey, pp. 123-4 in iv of the Iliad as called for, folio, uniform contemporary mottled calf, spines richly gilt in compartments, tan lettering pieces, numbered in gilt direct, some joints cracked, cords holding, some wear and abrasions, but on the whole solid and handsome, engraved armorial bookplate of Thomas Edwards Freeman in most vols. and removed from others, good. An imposing set, and a magnificent production. The works were published by subscription in 4to, and Lintott was to print as many of those as were called for by that subscription, resulting in some 660 being printed. Lintott was to make his profit by issuing the volumes in alternative forms, which included 'ordinary' large paper copies, a little over 11 inches tall, and what might be termed genuine large paper copies, at just over 14 inches, in the case of the Iliad: the Odyssey was an inch taller, and here has been trimmed to match the Iliad. (Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana B9, B49. Bookseller Inventory # 54334

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Pope, Alexander. Trs.] Homer

Published by London W. Bowyer 1715 (1715)

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Item Description: London W. Bowyer 1715, 1715. 6 volumes. The RARE FIRST edition of Pope’s Translation of Homer. A LARGE PAPER COPY. EXTRA ILLUSTRATED WITH 52 PLATES BY HOLLER and others for Ogilby's Homer of 1660. Extra illustrated with full-page engraved plates, titles, portraits, and etc. Folio, contemporary full polished mottled calf, the spines with raised bands gilt tooled, separating paneled compartments, fully gilt decorated, red morocco lettering labels gilt. A very handsome set, fresh and clean and very unusual in that it is extra-illustrated with the great Ogilby plates. VERY SCARCE. A FINE SET IN FULL CONTEMPORARY CALF GILT. ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT. It has been justifiably claimed that Pope's translation is inaccurate due to his reliance on the sense of the texts of Chapman, Hobbes, Ogilby, Dacier and others--but "others have produced translations; Pope's work is a poem" (CHEL, IX, p. 84). Its fame and longevity are due more to Pope's desire to keep the spirit and fire of the epic alive than any obligation to render Homer in academic exactitude. HOMER'S ILIADS AND ODYSSEYS ARE STILL CONSIDERED THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL WORKS IN ALL OF GREEK CLASSICAL LITERATURE, AND THE WELLSPRING OF ALL SUBSEQUENT LITERATURE. The primacy of Homer's OPERA, particularly the ILIAD and ODYSSEY, cannot be overstated. "The ILIAD and ODYSSEY are the first perfect poetry of the western world. They spring fully grown, their predecessors lost, and their magic has persisted ever since. The legends of the siege of Troy and the return of Odysseus are the common heritage of all. The beauty of Helen, the courage of Hector, the grief of Achilles for Patroclus, the meeting of Nausicaa and Odysseus, the magic of Circe, all these are now a part of the mythology of Europe. It matters not whether they were first written or handed down orally, whehter both are by the same poet, whether the poet was Homer--all these and many other unanswered questions are secondary to the perennial appeal of the narrative and the poetry. The form, the action and the words have had incalculable influence on the form, action and words of poetry ever since; the composition of the AENEID, the DIVINE COMEDY, PARADISE LOST, and many others, has been determined by the ILIAD and the ODYSSEY" (PMM). Bookseller Inventory # 25678

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Homer.

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Translated by Alexander Pope. London: Printed by W. Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott between the Temple-Gates, 1715-20. First Edition. Together with The Odyssey of Homer. Translated by Alexander Pope. London: Printed for Bernard Lintott, 1725-26. First Edition. Illustrated. Folios. Eleven volumes. Bound in early 18th-century calf, gilt spines; with all eleven black morocco volume labels present; title labels absent. Illustrations include the full-page engraved frontispiece portrait of Homer by George Vertue; 2 leaves of engraved antiquities; double-page map of Homeric Greece and Phrygia; full-page engraving of the Shield of Achilles; and the very rare second frontispiece of Homer which begins The Odyssey. The second volume of The Iliad lacks the plan of the plain of Troy. A very rare example of the folio Odyssey with the frontispiece portrait. It is undoubtedly the folio issue, with gatherings of two leaves only and with the illustrations as called for in the folio issue; however, the dimensions of the volumes correspond to those of the quarto issue. It may be that this folio edition was printed on leaves in quarto, or it may be that the leaves have been trimmed in accordance with the preference of the original owner to approximate a large quarto size. Certainly, the bindings cannot date from much later than 1726. It is also possible that the original owner, having compiled the folio set, with the intention of having it bound in its present format, acquired separately a copy of the Odyssey frontispiece and had it included when the set was bound. With the exception of the plan of the plain of Troy, as noted above, the eleven volumes are complete in all respects. Edges and corners show only very minor wear; leather upon the hinges is in general lightly cracked, in several cases only very lightly, which is unusual for 18th century calf bindings. A beautiful set of this classic work. Bookseller Inventory # 6139

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Homer. Pope, Alexander [1688 - 1744] - Translator.

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Item Description: Printed by W. Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott, 1715 - 1720, London:, 1715. Illustrated with plates & maps. Pope, one of the leading literary figures of early 18th C England, enjoyed social success as well, and could count among his friends such great literary figures as Swift, Gay, and Congreve and 'saw much aristocratic society.' Of his character, the D.N.B. comments 'there is, in fact, no more difficult subject for biography, especially in a compressed form. The truest statement seems to be that he was at bottom, as he represents himself in the epistle to Arbuthnot, a man of really fine nature, affectionate, generous, and independent; unfortunately, the better nature was perverted by the morbid vanity and excessive irritability which led him into his multitudinous subterfuges.' It has been commented that Pope could Ôhardly drink tea without a stratagem.Õ His devotion to literature was unremitting, 'he might have rivalled Chaucer in one century, and Wordsworth in another. As it was, his poetry is the essence of the first half of the eighteenth century.' "Idolatry of classical models was an essential part of the religion of men of letters of the day. Many of them, however, could not read Greek, and the old translations of Chapman, Ogilby, and Hobbes were old-fashioned or feeble in style. Many translations from the classics had been executed by Dryden and his school. But a Homer in modern English was still wanting. Pope's rising fame and his familiarity with the literary and social leaders made him the man for the opportunity. However, the translation must be considered not as a publisher's speculation, but as a kind of national commission given by the elegant society of the time to their representative poet. The first volume, including the first four books of the 'Iliad,' was issued in June 1715. The next three volumes appeared in 1716, 1717, and 1718, the last volume of the 'Iliad,' delayed by ill-health, family troubles, and the preparation of various indexes, appeared in May 1720." Label to vol. 6 chipped. Some wear to spines, and joints tender though bindings overall sound & quite appealing. Minor worming to margins of vols. 1, 3, 5 & 6. Some gatherings a little browned, as often found. Short tear to Vol II ffep. Period pos to front eps. Withal, a Very Good set. Period full paneled calf bindings, with spine labels to vols 1, 5 & 6 only. PO gilt stamped name [I Phelipps Y] to front boards. Folio. 11-1/2" x 7-3/4". All volumes are 1st Folio edition (Griffith 42, 50, 78, 96, 115, 119). 6 volumes. Bookseller Inventory # 30125

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HOMER. POPE, Alexander (Translated by)

Published by London: Vernor, Hood et al. (1802)

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Item Description: London: Vernor, Hood et al., 1802. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 5 volume set, 9.75 inches tall. A magnificently bound set in full straight grain morocco. With twin gilt raised bands, titles and very delicate and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. Very fine gilt tooling to the boards and wide dentelles. All edges gilt. The overall style and the use of the stylised Ionic Capital in the borders being the same as that used in Plate VI in Ramsden's London Book Binders and would indicate KALTHOEBER as the binder. There are a couple of inconsequential dark marks and an indentation on the cap of volume 4 but no loss or weakening of joints. Isolated and slight foxing, particularly on the preliminaries. As fine a set of Thomas Bensley's great printing as one could hope to find. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14512182733

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Homer; Translated by Alexander Pope.

Published by Bernard Lintot 1715-20., London (1715)

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Item Description: Bernard Lintot 1715-20., London, 1715. First edition of Alexander Pope's monumental illustrated translation of Homer's Iliad, the suscription edition. Quarto, 6 volumes, uniformly bound in contemporary calf, with gilt titles to the spine and corner ornaments, rebacked to style in brown calf, raised bands. The bookplate in each volume of Sir John C. Hobhouse. John Cam Hobhouse (1786-1869), was Lord Byron's close friend, literary confidante and executor. Frontispiece portrait of Homer. In very good condition with some of the usual toning. An attractive set. Encouraged by Swift, Addison and Steele, among others, Pope began translating Homer in 1713. The arduous undertaking would prove to be the most laborious literary enterprise of his life, but one to which he was well-suited. "Idolatry of classical models was an essential part of the religion of men of letters of the day But a Homer in modern English was still wanting. Pope's rising fame and his familiarity with the literary and social leaders made him the man for the opportunity The 'Homer' was long regarded as a masterpiece, and for a century was the source from which clever schoolboys like Byron learnt that Homer was not a mere instrument of torture invented by their masters. No translation of profane literature has ever occupied such a position" (DNB). Bookseller Inventory # 4616

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Homeri [Homer] [Greek; Classical]

Published by Amsterdam-Leiden Ex Officina Elzeviriana / Eudguni Batavorum, Ex Officina Francisci Hackii 1655-1656 (1656)

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Item Description: Amsterdam-Leiden Ex Officina Elzeviriana / Eudguni Batavorum, Ex Officina Francisci Hackii 1655-1656, 1656. 2 volumes. The only complete Homer issued from the celebrated Elzevier Press, containing the scholia of Di-dymos Chalcenterus (Scholia D), and the Latin translation by the philologian Hubert van Giffen (1534-1604). For the first time the Greek text, the scholia and the Latin translation are printed on the same page. Greek, Roman and Italic types. Volume I with an engraved title-page; title within a broad architectural border, surmounted by a portrait of Homer, woodcut decorated initials. Volume II with title-page printer's device of Francois Hackius (Dutch Printer's Devices 883), three decorated initials on fol. a2r and a large cul-de-lampe on verso of the last leaf. 4to (230 x 170 mm), in beautiful antique red morocco. The covers framed by double gilt fillet. The spines are decorated with flat band fillets creating compartments decorated with thistle tools, corner leaves and stippled circles, all in gilt. The title and volume numbers gilt in the second compartments. Gilt tooled turn-ins, marbled pastedowns and endpapers and board edges, a.e.g. Provenance: from the library of the Irish family O'Byrne, castle of St. Gery, near Toulouse, the 19th-century engraved bookplate on front pastedowns. Collation: *4, **4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzzz4, Aaaa-Vvvv4, Xxxx2 (fol. *1v blank):[16], 716 pp; a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-xxx4, aaaa-eeee4, ffff2 (foL a lv blank). 536, [44] pp. A very handsome and proper set, the antique morocco with just some light evidence of age is firm, strong and very handsome and especially attractive. Internally with just some very light evidence of age or paper mellowing as would be expected. AN IMPORTANT PRINTING OF THESE CLASSICAL WORKS. THE FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE ELZEVIER HOMER, and the first time the Greek text, the scholia and the Latin translation are printed on the same page. The text was edited by Cornelius Schrevelius (1608-1681), who followed closely the reading established in 1566 by Henri Estienne for his "Poetae Graeci Principes". The text uses the fine 'Garmont Grieks' created by Christoffel van Dyck (1601-1670). There are two recorded issues of the text. One, like this copy here, has the imprint Amstelodami, Ex Officinci Elzevirianii on the titlepage to Volume I and the imprint Eudguni Batavorum, Ex Officina Francisci Hackii ' on the the title-page of the second volume. The other issue has the imprint Amstelodami, Ex Officinci Elzevirianii in both volumes. Bookseller Inventory # 26521

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Alexander Pope & Homer

Published by London:: Printed by W. Bowyer for Bernard Lintott (1715)

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Item Description: London:: Printed by W. Bowyer for Bernard Lintott, 1715. Book Condition: GOOD. This book is shelved in the Rare section of our retail store and may require extra shipping time - JUMBO - Folio. 11-1/2 x 7-3/4". All volumes are 1st Folio edition. 6 volumes. Period full paneled calf bindings Leather somewhat chipped and dry - most boards loose or detached - interiors with some foxing - volumes one and two with the bookplates of The Right Honorable James Earl of Derby Lord of Man - volume three has a partial manuscript poem laid in - please inquire for further details". Bookseller Inventory # FRC-TR-14-6142012210807-61412958-SET

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Alexander Pope & Homer

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Item Description: London:: Printed by W. Bowyer for Bernard Lintott, 1715. Book Condition: GOOD. This book is shelved in the Rare section of our retail store and may require extra shipping time - JUMBO - Folio. 11-1/2 x 7-3/4". All volumes are 1st Folio edition. 6 volumes. Period full paneled calf bindings Leather somewhat chipped and dry - most boards loose or detached - interiors with some foxing - volumes one and two with the bookplates of The Right Honorable James Earl of Derby Lord of Man - volume three has a partial manuscript poem laid in - please inquire for further details". Bookseller Inventory # FRC-TR-14-6142012210807-6141249-SET

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Homer. Homeros. Homeri. [Greek Literature]

Published by Oxford University Press 1743 (1743)

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Item Description: Oxford University Press 1743, 1743. First of the edition. One of the most beautiful production of the press. Greek, roman and italic type. Engraved vignette at title-page, showing the Theatrum Sheldonianum. 8o (223x138 mm)., contemporary English red straight-grain morocco, covers within three gilt fillet borders, a small floral tool at each corner. The smooth spine is divided by Greek key-pattern tooling creating the compartments, decorated with roundels, dotted fillet lines and a small floral tool, all in gilt. The pastedowns and endpapers are accomplished in caillouté paper, gilt board-edges, inner dentelles and gilt edges. Collation: [*]2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Mmm4. [4], 464 pp. (fols. [*]1r and [*]2v blanks). An amazing wide-margined copy. Some pencilled notes about the excellent condition of the copy. VERY RARE AND A STUNNING AND EXCELLENT COPY of this remarkable Iliad, first published in 1714 by the Oxford University Press, established in 1585 and by 1669 set up in the Sheldonian Theatre. The edition is regarded – together with the Odyssea of 1705 – as one of the most beautiful products of this press, fruit of the program drawn up by the Vice-Chancellor and Bishop of Oxford John Fell (1625-1686) and which made the Greek works accessible to Oxford students. For this purpose Fell acquired a large stock of typographical punches and matrices from the Dutch Republic – the so called Fell-Types, realized by Pierre Haultin and Robert Granjon, "sixteenth-century Parisian workmanship of the first rank [ ] widely imitated, but never, perhaps, to more brilliant effect than here" (N. Barker, Oxford University Press, p. 17) - and added a type foundry in the cellars of the Sheldonian Theatre. "I have carefully read over this Oxford Edition of the Iliad and Odyssey ten or twelve times, and can pronounce it to be one of the most correct Edition of Homer. Another Edition of the Greek text of the Iliad and Odyssey was printed at Oxford in 1743, and in 1758" (E. Harwood, A View of the various Editions of the Greek and Roman Classics, p. 3). Bookseller Inventory # 26506

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Homer; Monti, Vincenzo [transl.]

Published by Dalla Stampa Reale, Milano (1812)

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Item Description: Dalla Stampa Reale, Milano, 1812. Second Edition. 230mm x 170mm (9" x 7"). 366pp 386pp. Language: eng G : in Good condition. Covers rubbed and lightly marked with wear to leather title panels and spine ends. Heraldic bookplates to fep and front pastedown. Previous owner's insc. to fep Vellum cover with gilt classical decorated spines and borders of covers. Bookseller Inventory # j5344

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Homer

Published by Geneva, Iohannem Vignon (1609)

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Item Description: Geneva, Iohannem Vignon, 1609. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. THE ILIAD 1609; Homer; First Edition Thus?; Geneva? Iohannem Vignon; Full Leather; Ancient Greek Text/Latin Title; 502 Pages; w3.2"xh4.8"; EXTREMELY RARE!!! Won't Find another for Sale Anywhere; 405 Years Old; Very Rare small size, only a handful probably survived!!! ATTRIBUTES: A Beautiful, sleek smaller full leather (believe original) cover design with stamped borders and a flower to each corner on both sides, stamped binding, some gold gilding to cover edges, with a nice title page with small Publisher's Anchor stamp, with pretty woodcut headings/endings/initials throughout and an Epic Classic in Original Greek; Smaller Size; two small sections at the end preceded by a blank page so not sure if a conclusion or another small selection from Homer, can't find a translation!!! SUMMARY: The Iliad (sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion or Song of Ilium) is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege; the earlier events, such as the gathering of warriors for the siege, the cause of the war, and related concerns tend to appear near the beginning. Then the epic narrative takes up events prophesied for the future, such as Achilles' looming death and the sack of Troy, prefigured and alluded to more and more vividly, so that when it reaches an end, the poem has told a more or less complete tale of the Trojan War. BACKGROUND: Homer is the traditionally-credited creator of the Iliad and the Odyssey, revered as the greatest of Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature. CONDITION: Condition is Good/Very Good. Some wear to edges, little glue/color added to upper hinges, holding well but would handle with care, bookplate to inner front board, old written greek note to first blank, second blank has a cut top corner, Wm. Davy Axon signature to upper title, came to Greenwich 2/11/1809 to last blank, pages for age are very good, some light blemishing, text block is very good. Overall, for 405 years old its in Good+/Very Good Condition!!!. Bookseller Inventory # 000007

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POPE, Alexander & HOMER.

Published by B. Law, London (1796)

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Item Description: B. Law, London, 1796. hardcover. Book Condition: very good. Pope's Works (9 volumes) with Notes and Illustrations by Joseph Warton and Others. Iliad & Odyssey (11 volumes) with Additional Notes, Critical and Illustrative, by Gilbert Wakefield. Frontispieces, 8vo, full tree calf; ornately gilt spines with red & green leather labels (leather is well-rubbed but sound and attractive; scattered foxing). London: B. Law, J. Johnson et al., 1796-1797. A New Edition. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 176162

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Item Description: Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1905. Large paper edition limited to 600 copies. Together 14 volumes in imperial octavo. Illustrated with numerous plates, mainly on Japan vellum, the frontispieces in two states, one set colored by hand. Bound in 3/4 green crushed morocco with marbled endpapers, t.e.g., the spine with a series of repeating designs in gilt in the panels. Virgil in 2 volumes; Faust in 4; Iliad and Odyssey in 4 each. The spines evenly faded to a golden tan, some scuffing to outer corners else fine with a beautiful shelf appearance. Large paper edition limited to 600 copies. Bookseller Inventory # 16266

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Homer, Robert Fitzgerald (Translator)

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2004)

ISBN 10: 0374174415 ISBN 13: 9780374174415

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Item Description: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374174415

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Homer.

Published by (Munich) Bremer Presse (1923-1924) (1924)

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Item Description: (Munich) Bremer Presse (1923-1924), 1924. Two folio volumes. 486; 372pp. One of 615 copies printed in Greek with titles by Anna Simons. These beautiful volumes are printed on Zanders handmade paper in a 16-point Greek type designed for the Press. Colin Franklin describes these books as "magnificent examples of controlled printing." An extremely fine, bright set in original blue boards with paper lettering piece on spine. In heavy parchment dust wrappers, which appear to be contemporary. Discreet booklabel to pastedowns. (Franklin p. 163; Lehnacker 15&16). Bookseller Inventory # 23499

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HOMER

Published by London Printed by W. Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott (1715)

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Item Description: London Printed by W. Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott, 1715. First Edition of Pope's "Iliad," The Quarto Subscriber's Edition POPE, Alexander. The Iliad of Homer. London: Printed by W. Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott [or Lintot], 1715 [-1720]. First edition, first issue of Pope's translation. This quarto issue is the preferred issue, originally sold to subscribers at over three times the price of the later folio issue. The folio editions were issued one month later in both large paper and small folio format. Six quarto volumes (10 3/4 x 8 1/8 inches; 274 x 206 mm). [56], 63, [1, blank], [2], 40, [2], 47-143, [3], 145-218, [2], 223-254, [3], 322-357, 356, 295-317, [1, blank]; [4], 321-657, [1, errata], [2, blank]; [7], 662-948; [7], 958-1258, 1249-1295, [1, blank], [7], 1304-1598, 1591-1598, [2], 1609-1630; [7], 1634-1747, 1758-1882, [34, indexes] pp. Half-title present as called for in Vol. I; no other half-titles called for. Illustrated. Engraved frontispiece portrait in Vol. I. Folding engraved map at Geographical Table in Volume I [pg 181]. Folding engraved plate "Siege of Troy" in Vol. II, here after title. Engraved plate "Shield of Achilles" in Vol V. at pg. 1458. With list of subscribers in Vol. I. Half-titles for each of the twenty-four books and for each of the "Observations." Title-pages printed in red and black. Numerous head- and-tail pieces, engraved initials and vignettes throughout. In volumes 2-6, Lintot's name in the imprint is spelt with single final 'T'. Uniformly bound in full contemporary vellum. Spines elaborately stamped in gilt. With brown calf spine labels, lettered in gilt. Boards tooled with gilt borders and corner pieces. Boards edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Front board of volume one cracked but holding firm at outer hinge. Back board of same volume with some discoloration. Occasional rubbing and light staining to boards of other volumes. Leaves of volumes one a bit toned, other volumes rather clean. Overall a beautiful set. Griffith. HBS 67292. $3,000. Bookseller Inventory # 67292

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Homer

Published by Calcutta printed and published by W. Rushton and Co. (1838)

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Item Description: Calcutta printed and published by W. Rushton and Co., 1838. pp.21, [1], 486, 5 plates.. Scarce Calcutta edition of Alexander Pope's famous English translation of Homer's epic first published in 1715. This is almost certainly an unauthorized, pirated edition, with India then operating outside the bounds of British copyright. It is illustrated with lithographed plates by Thomas Black, at the Asiatic Lithographic Press, reduced from engravings by various artists. Handsomely bound in contemporary full morocco, gilt tooled, all edges gilt. Plates darkened at edges. A very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 80650

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Homer, Hesiod, and Aeschylus (John Flaxman, Illustrator; William Blake & Others, Engravers).

Published by London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, et al. Dates from the engraved title pages: Iliad and Odyssy (1805); Hesiod (1817); Aeschylus (1831) (1805)

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Item Description: London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, et al. Dates from the engraved title pages: Iliad and Odyssy (1805); Hesiod (1817); Aeschylus (1831), 1805. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. The four works are bound as one. The Iliad (Engraved from the Compositions of John Flaxman, R. A. Sculptor) has 39/40 plates, including the title page; The Odyssey (Engraved from the Compositions of John Flaxman, R. A. Sculptor,) has 34/35 plates, including the title page; (Total for Homer's works, 75 plates.) Hesiod (Engraved from the Compositions of John Flaxman, R. A. Sculptor, with William Blake) has 37/38 plates, including the title page; and Aeschylus (Compositions of John Flaxman. Engravings by Thomas Piroli) has 36/37 plates, including the title page. Size of binding: 11 in. wide x 17 1/8 in. tall x 2 3/4 in. thick. Present are: (1) Binder's stamp reading "Bound by J. Wright, Noel St." (2) Embossed bookseller’s stamp reading: "Simms and Dinham Booksellers, Manchester." (on the reverse & front of the marbled front free endpaper) (3) A pasted in letter, on the front flyleaf, 4 1/2 in. x 7 in., on printed mourning paper with the address: "Helme Lodge. Kendal" and monogram: "LWC" The letter reads: "To our very dear nephew and niece. W. L. and H. [?]Crewdson. This book is given in kind remembrance of their beloved uncle, W. D. Crewdson [William Dilworth Crewdson, 1799-1878] who entered into rest De. 2, 1878 by their very attendant aunt, L. W. C." Bound in full red morocco leather with five raised bands on the spine, which has a richly gilt design and gilt lettering reading: "Flaxman’s Classical Compositions, Homer, Hesiod, and Aeschylus." The binding has a richly gilt border around both covers with gilt inner dentelles on the leather turn-ins; marbled paper end-papers. All edges gilt. The cover corners show some bumping; there is general wear and rubbing to the outer hinges and cover edges. This heavy volume shows splitting to the inner hinges with some re-pasting. Many of the plates show drying of the glue in the backing, this has caused many of the plates to become loose. The majority of the plates and title pages show various degrees of scattered brown-spotting. This copy may require professional restoration. Weight is 13 lbs. Postage is extra on this item. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1324436295

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Homer (Leonard Baskin)

Published by Delphic Arts, New York (1962)

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Item Description: Delphic Arts, New York, 1962. A set of SIX LARGE ORIGINAL SIGNED ETCHINGS by Leonard Baskin, in pristine condition. Baskin executed three original etchings for Homer's Iliad: "Hephaistos", "Ares", and "Homer". 150 sets were published, of which this is ONE OF 60 DELUXE SETS WITH TWO SUITES OF THE ETCHINGS, ON FINE FABRIANO LAID PAPER AND ON JAPON NACRE. I offer only the six etchings (and the large folio prospectus), not the box of sixty reproductions. The etchings measure 44 x 37.5 cm (plate) and 67 x 52 cm (sheet). Fine and bright, with no defects. Bookseller Inventory # 38321

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HOMER, POPE, Alexander, Translator

Published by London Nonesuch Press (1931)

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Item Description: London Nonesuch Press, 1931. Two volumes, 8vo. Ornamental headpieces engraved by Rudolf Koch, parallel text in Greek and English, original full Niger morocco with double gilt borders, spines in compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering direct, top edges gilt, others uncut; slight fading and minor soiling otherwise a very attractive copy. Editions limited to 1450 and 1300 numbered copies. The Greek text is reproduced from the standard Oxford Classical Texts edition by Munro and Allen, first published 1902; Pope's translation first appeared in 1715. ". Pope is the greatest English poet who has yet essayed Homeric translation on any considerable scale. It is also true that his best qualities, fire and vigour, are those beyond all others essential to the translator of Homer, the absence of which can be compensated by no other virtue, and whose presence covers a multitude of sins." - David Garnett, Prospectus. Bookseller Inventory # 92441

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Homer & edited by C. C. Felton

Published by Homer & edited by C. C. Felton., Hilliard & Gray Co. (Boston), 1833, c1833, (1833)

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Item Description: Homer & edited by C. C. Felton., Hilliard & Gray Co. (Boston), 1833, c1833, 1833. full leather, bookplate, some pencil notes, cover wear & foxing o/w good (no dj), 478 pp (text in Greek), 8vo, "The text of this edition of the Iliad is an exact reprint of the Leipzig edition, published by Tauchnitz in 1829.", $2250.00. Bookseller Inventory # 317081

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