[Works in Greek] Ilias and Ulyssea. Batrachomyomachia. Hymni XXXII.Venice, heirs of Aldus the elder, April 1524
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Aldine anchor devices on first and last leaves.
2 vols. 8vo. Iliad (160 x 103mm), 277 ff. Contemporary limp vellum, 'Home. Ilias' along bottom edge (soiled, ties missing); Odyssey (160 x 98mm), 251, f. 17th century vellum over boards, r.e.
The two separate volumes from the third Aldine edition are reunited here; the Odyssey volume being the poet Ernest Dowson's copy acquired while he was at Oxford. Dowson (1867-1900) entered Queen's College in 1886 but he left in March 1888 after five terms, without completing the papers for honour moderations. Although short-lived he became a leading figure of the 'Decadent' movement and T. S. Eliot, for instance, felt Dowson to be the most gifted and technically perfect poet of his age.
Based on the 1517 Aldine edition both volumes are printed in Greek throughout, except for the two letters in Latin from Aldus to Girolamo Aleandro, which were reprinted from the first Aldine edition. The first volume contains the Iliad and Herodotus' Life of Homer, and the second comprises the Odyssey and Homeric Hymns.
Provenance. Iliad: contemporary inscription of 'Francisci Botesini' on fly-leaf. Printed label at foot of title-page of 'R. Robertson of Montgreenan Glasgow'. Odyssey: Ernest Dowson's copy 'Ex libris Ernesti C. Dowson, e Coll. Reg. Oxon'. Earlier inscriptions on title-page of 'P. Pett 1800', notes in pencil.
Ahmanson-Murphy 226. Renouard 98:1.
Stock Code: 218548