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    One of 550 Signed Copies, with an Extra Suite of the Color Plates

    [N. C. Wyeth, illustrator]. Homer. The Odyssey of Homer. Translated by George Herbert Palmer. With Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth. Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press, 1929.

    Limited to 550 numbered copies (this copy being No. 257), signed by the translator, George Herbert Palmer, and the illustrator, N. C. Wyeth. Quarto (10.3125 x 7.5625 inches; 263 x 192 mm.). [2, title], [2, limitation leaf], [iii]-xxviii, [2, fly-title], 314 pages. Sixteen mounted color plates and two black and white plates (facsimile of a letter to the publisher from the translator, dated May 1, 1929, and final sketch made for the painting "Odysseus and Calypso"). Captioned tissue guards. Together with an additional suite of the color plates in the original envelope.

    Original quarter pigskin over green cloth boards with front cover pictorially stamped in gilt. Brown leather spine label ruled and lettered in gilt. Pictorial endpapers in gray and white. All edges uncut. Pigskin spine slightly darkened and rubbed at extremities, spine label lightly chipped, corners rubbed, a few light scuff marks on the cloth boards. Tiny rust spot in the upper blank margin of pages xiv and xv. Short (half-inch) tear to outer blank margin of pages 241/242. A very good copy, largely unopened. The original envelope containing the additional suite of plates is slightly browned, worn at the edges, and starting to split at top and bottom.

    Allen and Allen, p. 213. Dykes 253.


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