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    The Grenville Homer, One of Twenty-Five Copies on Large Paper Printed for Presentation

    Homer. Iliad and Odyssey [in Greek]. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1800-1801.

    One of twenty-five copies on large paper printed for presentation. Four large quarto volumes (11.625 x 9.375 inches; 296 x 238 mm.). viii, 396; [6], 421, [3, blank]; [6], 328; [8], 314, 82, [2, blank] pages. Two engraved frontispiece busts of Homer (in Volumes I and II of the Iliad) by A. Tendi after I. Schiavonetti, and one additional engraved plate by Lowry after C. H. Tatham (in Volume I of the Iliad). Text in Greek.

    Bound by C. Hering (with his ticket on front free endpaper of Volume I of the Iliad) in full red straight-grain morocco. Covers decoratively tooled in gilt in the corners in a floral design, spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, all edges gilt. Minor spotting to leather. Upper corner of front cover of Volume II of the Iliad lightly bumped. Minimal foxing, slight offsetting from the plates. Volume I of the Odyssey with small abrasion in the outer margin of T1 (p. 137), not affecting any text, where it has adhered to the opposite page and short tear neatly repaired in the outer margin of leaf U4 (pp. 151/152). Fine.

    "This is the most critical edition of Homer which the university of Oxford has published...We are indebted to the editorial talents of the noble family of the Grenvilles for this erudite performance...The work is printed in a handsome Greek type, with very few contractions; and the large paper copies are enriched with three very beautiful engravings, two of the busts of Homer, and the third of an elegant pillar with escutcheons of the Grenville arms. These engravings are affixed to many of the presentation copies, small paper as well as large. Some very few copies of the large paper, given to particular friends, have extra various readings, annexed" (Dibdin, Greek and Latin Classics, II, pp. 61-62). "The edition was prepared at the cost of three brothers, the marquis Buckingham, baron Grenville, and Thomas Grenville; and (according to Brunet) Th. Grenville, Randolph, Cleaver, and Rogers undertook the more immediate superintendance of it" (Ebert). "A superb edition...25 copies printed for presents; with three engravings not in the small paper copies. A sumptuous book" (Lowndes).

    Dibdin, Greek and Latin Classics, II, pp. 61-62. Ebert 9984. Lowndes, p. 1097.


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