The Odyssey Book XVII RARE: Homer The Odyssey Book XVII RARE: Homer The Odyssey Book XVII RARE: Homer The Odyssey Book XVII RARE: Homer

The Odyssey Book XVII RARE

Homer

Published by Bernardus Nerlius & D. Damilas, Florence, Italy, 1488
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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"The Odyssey- Book XVII". Complete Book XVII from the first printing of the Works of Homer in 1488. The first printed edition of Homer, this is also one of the earliest printed editions of any ancient Greek author. The edition was edited by Chalcondylas, a key figure in the transmission of Greek to Renaissance Italy, and funded by two Florentine brothers, Bernardo and Nerio Nerli. Bernardo explains in the preface that the lack of books has proved troublesome for students of Greek literature and he decided to address the problem by publishing a Greek text. Bernardo does not identify the manuscripts used by Chalcondylas, but he mentions that the editor consulted the twelfth-century commentary of Eustathius [BHL A1]. Published by Bernardus Nerlius & D. Damilas, Florence, Italy, 1488. Incunable, printed in its original Greek language. Folio [9" x 13"], 9 leaves, 39 lines in Greek. Modern cloth with paper label. The book is in fine condition. The leaves are clean and bright with pencil numbered pages. A rare opportunity to purchase a significant fragment from one of the greatest books ever written, from the first century of printing. The summary of Book XVII is as follows, from the Cliff Notes website:" Odysseus walks to town the next morning, joined by Eumaeus, who still thinks he is accompanying an old beggar. Telemachus precedes them, cheering his mother with his presence and the stories of his trip. With the prince is a seer, Theoclymenus, who tells Penelope that Odysseus is on Ithacanow, gathering information. The queen wishes that she could believe him, but she cannot. During the trip to town, Odysseus and his swineherd cross paths with a bully, the goatherd Melanthius, but avoid a fight. In one famously poignant moment, Odysseus and his dying old dog, Argos, quietly recognize each other. In the banquet hall, Antinous bullies the ragged beggar/Odysseus and even throws a footstool at him. Exercising considerable restraint, both the king and his son manage to postpone revenge". Please view the many other rare titles available for purchase at our store. We are always interested in purchasing individual or collections of fine books. Inventory #(E4-19). Bookseller Inventory # 001362

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Title: The Odyssey Book XVII RARE

Publisher: Bernardus Nerlius & D. Damilas, Florence, Italy

Publication Date: 1488

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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