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FLAXMAN, John (1755--1826)
The Iliad 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 1, 1805.
Engr. t.-pl., 39 pl. ; 28.4 cm. x 45.4 cm. (oblong 2°)

The title-plate and 34 plates engraved by Thomas Piroli were published first in Rome in 1793 then in London in 1795. The plates were copied by other engravers for the editions printed in Paris in 1803, and in Göttingen(?) and Leipzig in 1804. Soane's 1805 edition is a reprinting of the Piroli plates with 3 new plates engraved by Blake (pl. 1, 2, 5) and 2 by James Parker (pl. 14, 37). The engravings were said by Flaxman to be ideas for bas reliefs he hoped to make when he returned from Italy. His 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. See Detlef Dörrbecker, 'A survey of engravings after Flaxman's outline compositions 1793--1845' in D. Bindman ed., John Flaxman (London [1979]), pp. 26, 184; G.E. Bentley and M.K. Nurmi, Blake bibliography (Minneapolis [1964], item 368A. Flaxman's original drawings are preserved in the Royal Academy.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with Flaxman's Odyssey of Homer, 1805 (q.v.) and Compositions from the tragedies of Æschylus, 1831 (q.v.).

Binding C19th diced calf, gilt and blind roll-tooled borders, maroon spine label gilt lettered 'Flaxman's Homer & Æschylus'. The binding executed by Edwin Hutchinson for 19s. on 2 July 1831. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.16 bookbinding).

Reference Number 4120


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