EUSTATHIUS (Archbishop of Thessalonica, latter half of 12th century). Commentarii in Homeri Iliadem et Odysseam, in Greek. Edited by Nicolaus Majoranus. Rome: Antonio Blado, 1542-50.
4 volumes, 2° (346 x 237mm). Roman, italic and two founts of Greek type. Blado device on titles of vols. I, III and IV, 3 text diagrams, 3 woodcut coats-of-arms in vol. IV. Initial spaces with guide-letters. Quire + is here bound at the front of vol. IV as often. (Without final blank in vol. II, repaired tear in title of vol. III, very occasional small stain, a few annotations washed.) UNCUT. Blue diced morocco, gilt monogram and motto ('Deus alit me') of Theodore Williams on sides, spines lettered in gilt, gilt shaped turn-ins, top edge gilt, by J. Clarke, signed inside front board (scratch on rear cover of vol. IV). Provenance: The Reverend Theodore Williams.
EDITIO PRINCEPS of the Homeric commentaries by 'the most learned man of his age' (Oxford Companion to Classical Lit.), printed together with the Iliad and the Odyssey. The commentaries deal with the history, geography, language, and mythology in the Homeric epics. Extracts from the commentaries had appeared in the Aldine Thesaurus Cornucopiae (1496, see lot 68). A new Greek type was designed by Joannes Honorius for Cardinal Marcello Cervini to print (uniquely) volumes II-IV (cf. A. Tinto, 'The history of a sixteenth-century Greek type,' The Library, 5th series, 1970, pp.285-93). Adams E-1107; Hoffmann II, p.116; Mortimer, Harvard Italian, 176. (4)