Rare 16th Century Edition Homers Illiad and Odyssey In Contemporary Binding
The Iliad of Homer & The Odyssey of Homer.
Item Number: 78028
Strasburg: Bernard Lintot, 1542.
Early printing of Homer’s masterpieces The Iliad and the Odyssey in the original Greek. Octavo, bound in contemporary blindstamped pigskin over boards, brass clasps and hinges to The Odyssey. In excellent condition with some browning and general soiling. The Iliad with woodcut titles and printer’s devices at colophon (in Greek); some contemporary Greek and Latin annotations and scholia and on the pastedowns. The Odyssey contains a second woodcut title and printer’s device at conclusion to Hymns.
Attributed to the singular ancient Greek poet Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey are considered to be the most important works of ancient Greek literature. The Iliad, set in the midst of the ten-year Trojan War focuses on the quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. The Odyssey tells the epic tale of the journey of Odysseus, King of Ithaca after the fall of Troy. The Homeric Question, concerning the tales' true authorship, continues to be debated - with some scholars believing the poems to be the work of many contributors over the course of centuries.
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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.
“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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
London: Michael Joseph, 1954.
First Edition of the author’s second novel in her acclaimed Martha Quest series. Octavo. Original cloth. An excellent near fine copy in a very good dustjacket which contains the rare yellow wraparound band stating that Lessing has won the Somerset Maugham Award. Signed by the author on the title page. Rather uncommon with the band present.
"Men go out into the desert, and they are like ships at sea; no one knows when they will return": FIrst English Edition of J.M.G. Le Clezio's Desert; Signed by Him
London: Atlantic Books, 2009.
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by J.M.G. Le Clezio on the title page.
Budapest: Szepirodalmi, 1985.
Second Hungarian edition published in 1985. Small octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Warmly inscribed by Imre Kertesz on the title page. In near fine condition.