Homeri Ilias & Odyssea.

Et in easdem scholia, sive interpretatio, veterum Item notae perpetuae in textum et scholia, variae lectiones, etc., cum versione Latina emendatissima. Accedunt Batrachomyomachia, Hymni et Epigrammata, una cum fragmentis, et gemini indices. Totum open cum pluirmis MSS. vetustissimus et optimis editionibus collatum, Auctum, Emendatum, & Prifcae Integritati Restitutum. Opera, Stusio & Impensis Josuae Barnes.

Cambridge: Cornelius Crownfield, 1711 Stock Code: 125208

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First edition of Joshua Barnes's Homer. This edition contains considerable prefatory material, including three traditional Lives of Homer, the Contest of Homer and Hesiod, and the first book of the Homeric Questions of Porphyry. Regarding this edition, Edward Harwood commented that "this Edition will ever maintain its distinction, not merely for its magnificence and the erudition of the Editor, but from the complete Greek Scholia that are here subjoined to the text" (Harwood, p. 2).

A Greek scholar and antiquarian, Barnes (1654-1712) "rarely emended his texts, but commented often of their poetic metre and regularly reported the readings of the few English manuscripts he consulted" (ODNB). One of his earliest works was Gerania (1675), a Utopian prose romance about a journey to visit the "blameless pygmies" mentioned in the Iliad.

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2 volumes, quarto (252 x 199 mm). Early 19th-century diced calf by George Mullen of Dublin (with his ticket), raised bands to spine tooled in gilt, second and fourth compartments lettered in gilt, others elaborately tooled in blind, double gilt border to covers, corners of boards gilt, double gilt border to turn-ins, green endpapers, silk page marker, marbled edges.


Engraved frontispiece to vol. 1. General title page and half-title for Iliad in vol. 1, title page for Odyssey in vol. 2.


Bookplate of Sir Francis Hopkins, Bart., previous ownership inscription on title pages partially removed with resulting brown stain. Joints just starting, slight wear to extremities, edges of frontispiece neatly folded, 75 mm closed horizontal tear to title page of vol. 2 with repair, very small hole from worm damage to first 13 pp. of vol. 1, a few dark marks to text block. Otherwise a fine, fresh copy.


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