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HOMER
[Iliad. English. Ogilby. 1660]
Homer his Iliads translated, adorn'd with sculpture, and illustrated with annotations, by John Ogilby.
London: printed by Thomas Roycroft, and are to be had at the authors house in Kings-head Court within Shoe-Lane, 1660.
[42], 414, [2], 415--518 p., engr. frontis., [2] engr. ports., [50] pl. : [1] engr. illus. ; 39.0 cm. (2º)

John Ogilby's fame rests on his work as a cartographer, culminating in his widely imitated Britannia … an illustration of the kingdom of England and dominion of Wales: by a geographical and historical description of the principal roads thereof (1675) in the form of 100 strip maps depicting over 2,500 miles of roads, but he had earlier achieved some reputation as a translator of classics beginning with Virgil in 1649, followed by Aesop and Homer. His editions are known for the quality of the printing and the illustrations. The plates include portraits of the translator John Ogilby and of King Charles II to whom the work is dedicated, and an architectural frontispiece by P. Lombart after Abraham van Diepenbeecke. The engravings are mostly unsigned and are dedicated to patrons; the plate at page 1 and the final plate are by C. Cauckercken after Abraham van Diepenbeecke; those at pages 19 and 111 are by W. Hollar after E. Cleyn; those at pages 174, 323 and 406 are by P. Lombert; the one at p. 256 is by C. Cauckercken. The engraved illustration of a coin is on preliminary leaf e*2v. ESTC r26673; Wing H254; M. Schuchard, A descriptive bibliography of the works of John Ogilby and William Morgan (Bern & Frankfurt 1975).

Copy Notes Imperfect; the Soane copy has 48 plates in total, wanting the two portraits and three other plates. Bought from Thomas Boone as a two-volume set with the 1669 edition of Ogilby's translation of the Odyssey (q.v.) for £1 4s., 19 February 1808 (added to a bill dated 5 February). (Spiers Box). Inscribed in ink on first pastedown 1:4:0 / Feb. 20. 1808. The blanks following the end of each book and the misnumbered pages at 424, 450--52, 459 and 485--6 have been numbered in ink; the pages between 414 and 415 have not been numbered. Some plates cropped at the fore-edge in rebinding.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label. Uniform with the copy of Homer his Odysses, 1669 (q.v.).

Reference Number 3869


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