2 December 2010
LAWRENCE, T.E. (1888-1935, translator) -- HOMER. The Odyssey. London: Sir Emery Walker, Wilfred Merton and Bruce Rogers, 1932.
2o (292 x 204 mm). 26 woodcut roundels printed in gold and black as the title vignette and head-pieces to each of the 24 books, book XXII with an additional roundel headpiece. Original black crushed niger by W.H. Smith and Son Ltd, the spine titled and dated in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut (lightly scuffed at ends of spine, slight offsetting from turn-ins); original slipcase (a little worn on joints).
FIRST EDITION of Lawrence's translation, LIMITED TO 530 COPIES (500 for sale by subscription). "Inspired by reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Bruce Rogers persuaded Lawrence to undertake a new translation of The Odyssey. Begun in 1928 and finished in 1932, the translation was undertaken during Lawrence's free time while he was serving in the ranks ... a beautiful edition" (O'Brien). Lawrence's Letters ... to Bruce Rogers and More Letters ... to Bruce Rogers provide an intriguing insight into the development of Lawrence's translation, his concerns about the correct idiom for the translation, and the practical understanding that his own travels and experiences could bring to the adventures narrated by Homer. Clements pp.41-42; O'Brien A141.
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