THE DESTRUCTION OF TROY: BEING THE SEQUEL OF THE ILIAD, by Tryphiodorus and James Merrick - 1739 [Oxford]


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The Destruction of Troy: Being the Sequel of the Iliad

translated from the Greek of Tryphiodorus,

with notes.

by James Merrick  

Oxford:  Printed at the Theatre, 1739. 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Mottled leatherbound covers have gilt title and ornament on spine. 
  • Boards show some scuffing, edgewear.  Corners are bumped and scuffed.  See photos.  
  • Spine with raised bands has gilt text on label and is clear with bumped ends.
  • Binding is secure.  Expert repairs at both covers to secure boards.  See photos.  
  • Pastedowns and feps have some staining, cataloguer's notes in pencil, pastedowns partially detached from covers.  See photos. 
  • Ex libris Robert J. Hayhurst.  His bookplate is at front pastedown.
  • Title page features engraved vignette.  See photos. 
  • Interior exhibits minimal signs of age and wear, some scattered light foxing.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have a few marks. 
  • PS2024.0221

379 pages. 5 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches.

Very handsome volume of this sole surviving work by Tryphiodorus, translated into English with notes and prefatory dissertation by James Merrick (1720-1769).  Bound together with a second work, Tryphiodorus' text in the original Greek, with accompanying Latin translation and notes on the text.  Edited by Merrick, with printing date 1741.  

James Merrick would be a Fellow at Trinity College in 1745.  When The Destruction of Troy was published, he was just nineteen years old.

The paper is crisp and white; the typefaces are varied and beautiful, for example the generous font of Merrick's dissertation, and the Greek font used for Tryphiodorus's text.  

Bookplate identifies this volume as coming from the collection of Robert J. Hayhurst.  Robert John Hayhurst (1929-2016), born in Nelson, Lancashire, was a serious book collector.  His library of over 8,000 volumes, which featured naval history and eighteenth-century literature in contemporary bindings, went to auction in the Spring of 2019.  Books bearing his bookplate can be found in many university libraries.

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