THE WHOLE WORKS OF HOMER - 1930 [4 Vols, Ltd Ed]


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The Whole Works of Homer, Prince of Poetts, in His Iliads, and Odysses

translated from the Original Greek by George Chapman 

illustrated by John Farleigh

Four of Five Volumes to set. Missing Volume 3. Limited Edition, No. 301 of 450. Oxford: The Shakespeare Head Press, 1930.

Hardbacks are overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Volumes are half-bound in red leather with white cloth covers, and feature gilt on rounded spines. 
  • Set displays gentle overall wear.
  • Covers exhibit occasional red scuffs.
  • Corners display some rubbing and scuffing.
  • Volume 1: frontispiece is protected behind detached opaque tissue guard that shows shadow of illustration. (See photos)
  • Volume 4: shows some bumping to front foot corner. 
  • Spines exhibit some darkening and overall rubbing. Leather is soft.
  • Binding is secure in all volumes.
  • Illustrations display little to know aging and war.
  • Interior shows little aging with minimal occasional smudges and spots.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Textblock has deckle edges fore and foot.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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262 pages (Vol 1) + 289 pages (Vol 2) + 303 pages (Vol 4) + 199 pages (Last Vol). 8 x 11.5 inches.

Handsome set of volumes features half red leather binding, with white cloth covers and gilt on rounded spine. 

Books feature the wood engravings of John Farleigh, as well as dedicatory poems. 

Homer's two epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, are among the most celebrated classics in literature, and an emblem of the richness of Ancient Greek culture and heritage. Magnificently illustrated with the dramatic wood engravings of John Farleigh, the spectacular story of the heroes Achilles, Ulysses, and their friends come to life as never before. Their adventures constitute some of the greatest tales ever told. 

Homer is the legendary author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, widely considered as two of the greatest works in Ancient Greek literature. Their influence on Western Civilization can hardly be overstated, and in spite of doubts as to the real circumstances of their creation their author remains celebrated as one of the greatest ancient writers. 

John Farleigh (1900-1965) was an English wood engraver most noted for his illustrations of George Bernard Shaw's The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God. He was also a painter, lithographer, author and art tutor.

EDITION POINTS: Limited Edition, No. 301 of 450.

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