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Homer; Chapman, George, trans.  The hymns of Homer; the Batrachomyomachia; and two original poetical hymns. Chiswick: C. Whittingham, 1818. 12mo (18 cm, 7.1"). Frontis., [2], lxiv, 153, [3], 47, [1] pp.
$175.00

Attractive Whittingham printing of some of Chapman's acclaimed Homeric translations, about which Keats was so enthusiastic that he wrote the famously wondering, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer." Part of the "Early English Poets" series edited by Samuel Weller Singer, this stand-alone volume opens with a frontispiece portrait of Chapman done by J. Swaine, and closes with two of Chapman's own poems, printed in imitation of the 1594 first edition, entitled The Shadow of Night. This is => the first reprinting of Chapman's Batrachomyomachia following its original 17th-century appearance.
        Binding: Signed 19th-century half dark green morocco with marbled paper–covered sides, leather edges with double gilt fillets, spine gilt extra; verso of front free endpaper stamped "Bound by Cecil & Larkins." Top edge gilt.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard (sans indicia).

NCBEL, I, 1639; NSTC 2H28168 (& 2C15171). Bound as above, joints, spine bands, and edges scuffed; front free endpaper with two instances of old cataloguing affixed. Minor offsetting to title-page from frontispiece portrait, pages otherwise clean. => A significant literary work, here in a distinguished copy.  (37646)   Please RESHELVE This.


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