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    [Presentation Copy by Morris]. William Morris. The Odyssey of Homer. Done into English verse. London: Reeves & Turner, 1887. First edition thus, first single volume edition. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by the author to John Barnes (Oct. 1888). Octavo. 450, [2] pages. Publisher's dark teal cloth, printed paper spine label. Corners just bumped, head and foot of spine pushed, paper spine label toned and somewhat worn, somewhat rubbed. Cream endpapers; 2 pages of ads tipped in at front endpapers, some offsetting, bookplate to front pastedown, with an autographed note by Buxton Forman to front free endpaper verso, hinges weak. Internally generally clean, all edges untrimmed; minor thumbsoiling, text block edges toned with moderate edgewear.

    This title is inscribed to John Barnes who was an assistant to T. J. Cobden-Sanderson and had written to Morris on at least one occasion. Forman's autographed note adds, [Barnes was] "for many years a shopman at 29 New Bond Street; and when Morris's books were published there by Ellis, the poet used to present copies to Barnes & inscribe them. It is interesting to find that he still "remembered" Barnes after the change of publishers."

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