The Odyssey Of Homer. Done Into English Verse

London: Reeves & Turner, 1887. First edition thus. Hardcover. Very Good. First one volume edition. Original blue/gray cloth with paper spine label. 8vo - 450, [2] pages. The paper label shows some minor wear. An additional page of ads for Mr. Morris's works is tipped in at the front. A very interesting association copy. Morris presents this signed copy at the half-title to John Barnes, and dates it Oct. 1888. John Barnes was an assistant to T. J. Cobden-Sanderson. At the recto of the front free endpaper is a holograph note in Forman's hand - "Note./ John Barnes, to whom this book was presented, was/ for many years shopman/ at 29 New Bond Street;/ and when Morris's books/ were published there by/ Ellis, the poet used to pre-/sent copies to Barnes &/ inscribe them. It is inter-/ esting to find that he still/ "remembered" Barnes after/ the change of publishers. With the book-plate of Buxton Forman to the front paste-down. One year earlier from this holograph, in 1887, the year this volume was published, Cobden-Sanderson gave a name to a new artistic expression - The Arts and Crafts movement by creating the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. The book presents very well indeed. The hinges show some weakness but overall the book remains solid. With this translation Morris was attempting to recreate the Oddyssey in a somewhat Medieval style.

Price: $3,500.00


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