The Elzevir Homer - A Large Paper Copy

Homer

Greek text. Homeri Ilias & Odyssea, Et in easdem scholia, sive interpretatio Didymi. Cum Latina versione accuratissima, Indiceque Graeco locupletissimo Rerum ac variantium lection. Accurante Corn. Schrevelio.

Amsterdam: Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1656

$6,500.00

Quarto. 24.5 x 20.3 cm. Two volumes bound as one: *4, **4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Vvvv4, Xxxx2; a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-xxx4, aaaa-eeee4, ffff2

FIRST ELZEVIR EDITION, a co-production of the Elzevir and Hacke presses.

An extremely large copy with very broad margins. A school prize, bound in contemporary stiff vellum ornately tooled in gold. The text is in excellent condition throughout. With an added engraved title page featuring a medallion portrait of Homer and flanking figures of Achilles and Odysseus. A divisional title page precedes the Odyssey.

Although printed by Hackius, the edition is still referred to (somewhat confusingly) as the Elzevir edition. Some copies have the Elzevir Amsterdam imprint on one or both of the title pages (there are also "mixed" sets) but Willems ("Les Elzevier", 1880, p. 307-308, no. 1202), citing contemporary evidence, tells us that the printing was done in Leiden. ["L'édition a été executée par Fr. Hackius, et une partie des exemplaires portent son adresse." etc.]

The large paper copies have always been highly sought (see Willems again, same entry, and Brunet III 272-3: "'Il y a des exempl. en Gr. Pap. regardés avec raison comme très-rares; celui de M. Caillard a été vend. 451 fr; il avait 243 millim. de hauteur sur 191 de largeur; nous en donnons la mesure, parce que sans cela les personnes qui n'ont pas été à même de voir les deux papiers, reconnaitraient difficilement le plus grand'."

Willems 1202; Dibdin II, 53; Brunet III, 272-3; Graesse III, 328; Schweiger I, 158; Bibliotheca Philologica Classica et Archaeologica (1913), 2087 ('Cette belle édition est recherchée à cause des commentaires')