Exceptional rare Aldine Press of Homer's The Odyssey
Item Number: 91267
Venice: Aldine Press, 1524.
Rare third Aldine edition of Homer’s The Odyssey. Small octavo, original vellum with the title to the spine in manuscript, with woodcut Aldine device to title and final colophon leaf. In excellent condition with some minor toning to the leaves. Exceptionally rare, with only two having appeared at auction in the last 80 years. This is one of the earliest obtainable examples of Homer’s landmark work.
One of the two major ancient Greek poems attributed to Homer, The Odyssey is the second-oldest extant work of Western literature, while the Iliad is the oldest. The work was likely composed near the end of the 8th century B.C.E. in the Greek coastal region of Anatolia in an oral tradition which was more likely intended to be performed that read. The story details the epic ten-year journey of the Greek hero, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, who has been assumed dead after the fall of Troy.
Other Books by this Author
New York: The Viking Press, 1990 & 1996.
First editions, early printings of both the Iliad and The Odyssey of the translation done Robert Fagles. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, bookmarks bound in. Both volumes are signed by the translator Robert Fagles. Each volume is fine in fine dust jackets. Jacket design by Neil Stuart. Introduction and notes by Bernard Knox.
Rare Subscribers Issue: First editions of the celebrated translations of Homers Illiad and Odyssey by Alexander Pope
London: Bernard Lintot, 1715-26.
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, 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. 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. Light 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. A nice set of first editions with notable provenance.
London: Bernard Lintot, 1715-20.
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.
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1959.
First edition, early printing of Graves’ dynamic retelling of Homer’s epic poem. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrations by Ronald Searle. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Robert Graves Baltimore 1960.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
First Edition of Inside the Yield Book: Tools for Bond Market Strategy; Inscribed by Martin Liebowitz
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1972.
First edition of the classic work that created the science of bond analysis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by Martin Liebowitz on the half-title page. A few marks, very good in a very good dust jacket.
“Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man”: exceptionally rare sixteenth century printing of Homer's Odyssey in Latin
Odissea Per Raphaelem Volaterranum in Latinum Conversa (The Odyssey of Homer translated by Raphael of Volterra in Latin).
Rome: Per Lacoubum Mazochium, 1510.
One of the earliest Latin translations of Homer’s epic poem, translated from the Greek by Roman Hellenic scholar Raphaello Maffei (Raphael of Volterra). Quarto, bound in contemporary vellum, rebacked, woodcut titles and printer’s device to the title page and at end of text. From the library of Robert R. Dearden, Jr. of Philadelphia with his bookplate to the front panel. American bibliophile and author Robert R. Dearden was known for his extensive rare bible collection with a focus on early editions of American Bibles. He authored the book The Guiding Light on the Great Highway (1929), elaborately illustrated with photographs of his collection. Minor wear and a few small repairs to the title page. A very good example of this important work which has survived over five centuries.
Rare Subscribers Issue: First editions of the celebrated translations of Homers Illiad and Odyssey by Alexander Pope in Rare Contemporary Calf Binding
London: Bernard Lintot, 1715-26.
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.
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
Early printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Jary and Lola -best wishes, Harper Lee.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1925.
First edition of Wells’ work on the Malay jungle. Octavo, original orange cloth, frontispiece. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original dust jacket,
New York: Liveright, 2012.
First edition of “this monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition” (James D. Watson). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Basis Books, 2002.
First edition of this widely acclaimed biographical essay on George Orwell. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rich Pracher.