HOMER. Odyssea Grecae et Latine. Item Batrachomyomachia, hymni et epigrammata … [with:] Ilias Grecae et Latine. Annotationes in usum Gulielmi Augusti, Ducis ….

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HOMER. Odyssea Grecae et Latine. Item Batrachomyomachia, hymni et epigrammata … [with:] Ilias Grecae et Latine. Annotationes in usum Gulielmi Augusti, Ducis de Cumberland, &c. London, Knapton, 1740-54.

Four volumes in two, large 4to. Contemporary English full calf with raised bands, spines ornamented in gilt and with contrasting lettering-pieces; four folding engraved maps; light wear to edges, expertly rebacked using the original backstrip, generally very clean and fresh; provenance: the first volume with contemporary armorial engraved bookplate of Benedict Willis, a London-born merchant who settled in Antigua, slightly later bookplate of a member of the Bouverie family of Delapre Abbey underneath.
A beautiful bilingual and annotated edition of two foundation works of the Western tradition, one a seminal travel narrative - the other one the epitome of a war epic. Samuel Clarke was an eminent English philosopher of the early enlightenment, philologist and Anglican clergyman. In 1729 he published the first twelve books of Homer's Iliad. This edition, dedicated to William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, was praised by Bishop Hoadly. Three years after his death appeared also the last twelve books of the Iliad, published by his son Samuel Clarke, the first three of these books and part of the fourth having, as he states, been revised and annotated by his father
It 'has long been the most popular edition of Homer, and will always be admired by the critic and student' (Dibdin II, p 55).

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