May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 94

Price Realized: $ 11,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
Homer. trans George Chapman
The Whole Works of Homer; Prince of Poetts in his Iliads, and Odysses. Translated according to the Greeke.

London: printed [by Richard Field, William Jaggard, and Thomas Harper] for Nathaniell Butter, [1634?].

Folio, general engraved title, full-page engraving dedicated to Henry Prince of Wales, engraved title to the Odyssey, and to the Batrachomyomachia all present in this copy, including three original blanks; this copy without the portrait of Chapman and the two unsigned leaves of sonnets added to the Iliad; no typographical title to the Odyssey; a later state of STC 13624, which in turn was a reissue of STC 13634 and 13637, according to ESTC, "In this state the reissue of The Iliads is replaced by a reprinting by Thomas Harper; recto headlines of the Iliad have 'HOMER'S' in italics. Harper also printed a cancel letterpress title page for The Odyssey with imprint 'London, printed for Nathaniel Butter'; and a cancel Aa5 beginning 'Poet' (no period; cancellandum has 'Poet.'). Many copies have some preliminaries retained from STC 13624." Confusing, to say the least; bound in full dark green olive morocco tooled ornately in gilt by Bedford, washed and pressed, housed in a custom morocco slipcase by Mounteney, the binding very nicely preserved, aeg.; ffep inscribed by Henry Gibbs, St. Dunstan's, 1860; ownership bookplates of Aldenham House and Chicago book collector Harold Greenhill (1893-1968) pasted inside the front board, 11 x 7 1/4 in.

Pforzheimer 169 note; Langland to Wither 35-37; STC 13624.5; ESTC S119225.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.