Opera. [Ilias & Odyssea. In Greek]

Homer [Greek; Classics; Fine Press; Fine Bindings]

Published by Glasgow Robert & Andrew Foulis 1756 [-1758]
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Four volumes bound in two. The First Edition of the very famous Foulis Press printing of Homer. Folio, [320 x 197 mm], bound in contemporary deluxe straight-grained English/Scottish red morocco, gilt-floral ornamental borders and spines. [iii]-xii, 312; iv, 336; viii, 297; iv, 336 pp. A superb copy, the finest we have ever seen. The morocco bindings in superior condition and the text-blocks well preserved. An absolutely beautiful set. General title not included as is most often the case. A spectacular copy of the quintessential eighteenth-century text of Homer in a fine English/Scottish deluxe binding. The Foulis Edition of Homer has been frequently cited as one of the most accurate and typographically splendid editions of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey in the original Greek. Printed in Wilson's Double Pica Greek type, here in its first use; Gaskell calls the Foulis Homer: "A magnificent achievement, a modern approach to type design." "One of the most splendid specimens of Greek typography extant. Its accuracy is equal to its magnificence" (Lowndes, II, 1097). "The Double Pica Greek type in which it is set was specially cut for it by Alexander Wilson, the University Typefounder; in designing this fount Wilson made the first deliberate break from the tradition of copying Garamond's grec du roi, with all its ligatures and contractions" (Gaskell, Printing the Classics in the Eighteenth Century, p. 106). This beautiful Foulis edition met with the approval of no less an authority than Edward Gibbon: "As the eye is the organ of fancy, I read Homer with more pleasure in the Glasgow edition. Through that fine medium, the poet's sense appears more beautiful and transparent." Thomas Frognall Dibdin states that this is not only a "sumptuous" edition but also an accurate one, "each sheet, before it was finally committed to the press, having been six times revised by various literary men." The edition was prepared by the Professor of the Greek, James Moor, and the professor of Latin, George Muirhead, at the University of Glasgow. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Opera. [Ilias & Odyssea. In Greek]
Publisher: Glasgow Robert & Andrew Foulis 1756 [-1758]

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