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FLAXMAN, John (1755--1826)
The Odyssey of Homer engraved from the compositions of John Flaxman R.A. Sculptor, London.
London: printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, R.H. Evans, W. Miller, & I&A. Arch, March 1st 1805.
Engr. t.-pl., 34 pl. ; 28.4 cm. x 45.4 cm. (oblong 2°)

The title-plate and 28 plates engraved by Thomas Piroli were first published in Rome in 1793. The plates were copied by other engravers for publication in Paris 1803 and Göttingen? in 1804. A duplicate set of the original Piroli plates was made in 1793 for London but was lost; they were all re-engraved by James Parker and James Neagle and 6 new plates were added for the first London edition printed in 1805. Flaxman's outline illustrations for ancient Greek authors (q.v.) and Dante (q.v.) 'in the style of antient art' were influential throughout Europe and often reprinted. Twenty-seven of the original drawings for the Odyssey are preserved in the Royal Academy.

Copy Notes Bound (2) with Flaxman's Iliad of Homer, 1805 (q.v.) and Compositions from the tragedies of Æschylus, 1831 (q.v.).

Binding C19th diced calf, gilt roll tool and blind-tooled borders, maroon spine-label gilt-lettered 'Flaxman's Homer & Æschylus'. Bound (2) with Flaxman's Iliad and Æschylus.

Reference Number 4121


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