Lot 155 of 515:
Foulis edition of Homer in Greek, 1756-58  

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[Opera. Ilias & Odyssea. In Greek]



Excudebant Robertus et Andreas Foulis

1756 & 1758


4 volumes bound in 2. In Greek, with Latin in the preliminaries. xi, [1], 312; [4], 336; [8], 297, [1]; [4], 336 pp. (folio) 36.5x22.5 cm (14¼x8¾"), period calf, rebacked some time ago with earlier gilt-tooled spine strips employed, raised bands. Large paper copy

One of the greatest 18th-century editions of Homer. The Foulis edition of Homer has been frequently cited as one of the most accurate and typographically splendid editions of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey in the original Greek, printed on thick paper. The type was newly invented by Alexander Wilson and is called “double pica”, a bold, virile fount that has made the Homer called the masterpiece of the firm. Each volume has a separate title page and the general title page for both volumes, missing here, is seldom found. The half titles are present for each of the four volumes. Gaskell, Foulis 319; Scholderer, Greek Printing Types, 12. 

Lot Amendments

Cover scuffed and worn; internally quite clean with just a few scattered fox or soil marks.

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