4 June 2008
HOMER (?8th century B.C.). Opera, in Greek. Venice: heirs of Aldus Manutius, the elder, April 1524.
2 volumes, Aldine 8° (164 x 101mm). Dedication in italic type 1:80, text in Greek type 4. Aldine device A6 on each title and final versos. 3- to 6-line initial spaces with guide-letter. (Occasional small marginal stain, heavier at end of each volume, stain at lower edges just into margin in several quires of vol. II.) 19th-century vellum with yapp edges, flat spine with brown leather label, Hopetoun crest. Provenance: Earls of Hopetoun (badge on binding) -- Richard Montgomery Gilchrist Potter (leather bookplate).
Third Aldine edition, reprinting that of 1517. A LARGE COPY, WITH SEVERAL LEAVES WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY UNOPENED AND SEVERAL DECKLE EDGES.. The Hopetoun library was formed by a number of keen bibliophiles, beginning with Sir James Hope of Hopetoun (d. 1661) and including the first, second and third Earls in particular. It also incorporated the Annandale collection, renowed for its Italian editions, which came to the family by marriage. Adams H-745; Ahmanson-Murphy 226; Renouard 98:1. (2)
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