Paris: Horizons de France, (1955). Paperback. 8vo. Very good in white and blue illustrated stiff paper wrappers with pink and black title to front wrapper and black title to white spine. Minor rubbing and creasing to dust jacket as well as light soiling and scuffing. One small open tear to top edge and one small open tear to bottom edge of front wrapper. Interior is clean and bright with beautiful black and white photographic illustrations throughout. 162 pages. Greek History GRE/012518. Very Good / Very Good.
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Glasguae [Glasgow]: Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1756-1758. Hardcover. This edition of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey was published in Greek by the Foulis Press, founded by Robert and Andrew Foulis, and is widely considered to be its most famous production. Robert Foulis was born the son of a maltman. He was apprenticed to a barber, but was encouraged to become a publisher by Francis Hutcheson who was impressed by his ability. After spending 1738 and 1739 in England and France in company with his brother, Andrew, Robert set up a publishing business in 1741 in Glasgow, and in 1742 acquired his own press. He bought type from the renowned type-maker and punch-cutter Alexander Wilson. In 1743 he was appointed printer to the Glasgow University. As printers and publishers, the Foulis brothers were famous for their magnificent editions of the classics, such as their splendid folio editions of the Iliad and Odyssey (1756-58). Though relatively small, the Foulis Press turned out almost 600 editions in the years between 1742 and 1776. Using quality paper and fine typefaces made locally by Alexander Wilson, an expert in the field, Robert and his brother Andrew, who had joined the firm towards the end of 1746, quickly established a Europe-wide reputation as “the Elzevirs of Britain” for their well designed and immaculately executed editions of ancient classical texts. In one of the rare studies devoted to the brothers and their press, it is claimed that Winckelmann never travelled without Homer, “his companion at every instant of his life,” according to the Life of Winckelmann, and that “the edition he had with him on his last journey (in the course of which he died) was that of Foulis, ‘very elegantly printed at Glasgow in 1756-58’” [Wikipedia and The Victorian Web]. The two folio volumes are bound in contemporary mottled brown leather. The bindings are quite scuffed, bumped, and rubbed. The spine of volume I has a large chip at the top and cracking to the joint. The spine of volume II has a crack from top to bottom and cracked joint. Both volumes have weak hinges. Interior pages have light browning and spotting throughout, particularly in volume I. Despite this, the beauty of the typography is still evident. Splitting to some gutters from books being opened flat. The Iliad: Volume I: 312 pages; Volume II: 336 pages. The Odyssey: Volume I: 297 pages; Volume II: 336 pages. CLASSICAL/072921. Good.
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. Paperback. 8vo. Black and grey illustrated paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper and black title to spine. Chipping and creasing to edges of wrappers as well as minor rubbing. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 135 pages. GRE/013118. Very Good.
New York: The Viking Press, 1964. Poor, Anne. Hardcover. 4to. INSCRIBED BY ARTIST on dedication page. Laid in is a letter from the artist to Laurance and Isabel Roberts. L. Roberts was a noted a art director and Orientalist. Blue and white cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean interior filled with illustrations, many of which are in color. Illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine. Minor wear to edges of jacket. 57 pages. GREECE/061406. Near Fine in Near Fine dj.
Geneva: Skira, (1952). Hardcover. 4to. Green cloth covered boards with red title to front board and to spine. Slight bowing to front board. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with wondeful tipped in plates throughout. Illustrated price clipped dust jacket with white title to bottom of front and spine panels. Edge wear to dust jacket includes one small closed tear and one small open tear to front panel. 138 pages. ART/051111. Very Good / Very Good.
London: Henry Colburn, 1837. Scarce. In his preface, the author states that there have been so many books about Egypt, but that his intent is to describe Egypt as it is, not as it was. Candia refers to the Venetian name for Crete at that time. During his military career Scott traveled in Crete and Syria. The two volumes are bound in nineteenth century three quarter black leather with marbled paper covers and endpapers. Leather is bumped and lightly rubbed. Marbled covers are scuffed. Text pages have browning and aging throughout but are quite legible. Volume I has frontis and two plates; Volume II has frontis, one plate, and fold-out map with the plan for Karnak. Very good. Small octavos. Volume I: 348 pages; Volume II: 358 pages.GREEK/032921.