Provenance: Johann Bartholomew Plaut (initials I.B.P. on binding, dated 1550, and full name in ink ms., crossed through, on rear pastedown) -- ink ownership inscription dated 1624 on title -- D. Wyttenbach (inscription) -- A.J. Mortmann (inscription dated 1899) -- Constantine Karpidas (20th-century bookplate, loosely inserted) -- (Sotheby's 9 June 1980, lot 24). First edition edited by Micyllus and Camerarius, improving the text from Hervagius' 1535 edition. Adams H-750; Hoffman II: 316. " /> HOMER (?8th century B.C.). <I>Opus utrumque Homeri Iliados et Odysseae</I>, in Greek. Edited by Jacob Micyllus (1503-58) and Joachim Camerarius (1500-74). Basel: Johann Hervagius, 1541. 2 parts in one, 2° (268 x 178mm). Text in Greek with commentary surround. Separate title, foliation and quiring for each part. Printer's devices, woodcut ornamental and historiated initials. (Small expert repairs to first title and following leaf, light occasional browning and staining.) Contemporary German pigskin over wooden boards, panelled in blind with an outer border of fleur-de-lis, roses and other foliate devices, enclosing a roll-tool border of virtues initialled CG and dated 1539, with a foliate central panel bearing the first owner's initials "I.B.P.", panelled spine with small gilt centrepieces (lacking clasps, expert repairs, more noticeable at headcap, extremities rubbed). <I>Provenance</I>: Johann Bartholomew Plaut (initials I.B.P. on binding, dated 1550, and full name in ink ms., crossed through, on rear pastedown) -- ink ownership inscription dated 1624 on title -- D. Wyttenbach (inscription) -- A.J. Mortmann (inscription dated 1899) -- Constantine Karpidas (20th-century bookplate, loosely inserted) -- (Sotheby's 9 June 1980, lot 24). First edition edited by Micyllus and Camerarius, improving the text from Hervagius' 1535 edition. Adams H-750; Hoffman II: 316. |
  • Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 217

    HOMER (?8th century B.C.). Opus utrumque Homeri Iliados et Odysseae, in Greek. Edited by Jacob Micyllus (1503-58) and Joachim Camerarius (1500-74). Basel: Johann Hervagius, 1541. 2 parts in one, 2° (268 x 178mm). Text in Greek with commentary surround. Separate title, foliation and quiring for each part. Printer's devices, woodcut ornamental and historiated initials. (Small expert repairs to first title and following leaf, light occasional browning and staining.) Contemporary German pigskin over wooden boards, panelled in blind with an outer border of fleur-de-lis, roses and other foliate devices, enclosing a roll-tool border of virtues initialled CG and dated 1539, with a foliate central panel bearing the first owner's initials "I.B.P.", panelled spine with small gilt centrepieces (lacking clasps, expert repairs, more noticeable at headcap, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Johann Bartholomew Plaut (initials I.B.P. on binding, dated 1550, and full name in ink ms., crossed through, on rear pastedown) -- ink ownership inscription dated 1624 on title -- D. Wyttenbach (inscription) -- A.J. Mortmann (inscription dated 1899) -- Constantine Karpidas (20th-century bookplate, loosely inserted) -- (Sotheby's 9 June 1980, lot 24).

    First edition edited by Micyllus and Camerarius, improving the text from Hervagius' 1535 edition. Adams H-750; Hoffman II: 316.

    Price Realised  

    HOMER (?8th century B.C.). Opus utrumque Homeri Iliados et Odysseae, in Greek. Edited by Jacob Micyllus (1503-58) and Joachim Camerarius (1500-74). Basel: Johann Hervagius, 1541. 2 parts in one, 2° (268 x 178mm). Text in Greek with commentary surround. Separate title, foliation and quiring for each part. Printer's devices, woodcut ornamental and historiated initials. (Small expert repairs to first title and following leaf, light occasional browning and staining.) Contemporary German pigskin over wooden boards, panelled in blind with an outer border of fleur-de-lis, roses and other foliate devices, enclosing a roll-tool border of virtues initialled CG and dated 1539, with a foliate central panel bearing the first owner's initials "I.B.P.", panelled spine with small gilt centrepieces (lacking clasps, expert repairs, more noticeable at headcap, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Johann Bartholomew Plaut (initials I.B.P. on binding, dated 1550, and full name in ink ms., crossed through, on rear pastedown) -- ink ownership inscription dated 1624 on title -- D. Wyttenbach (inscription) -- A.J. Mortmann (inscription dated 1899) -- Constantine Karpidas (20th-century bookplate, loosely inserted) -- (Sotheby's 9 June 1980, lot 24).

    First edition edited by Micyllus and Camerarius, improving the text from Hervagius' 1535 edition. Adams H-750; Hoffman II: 316.


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