[1634?] · London
Chapman (1559/60–1634) completed translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey — long considered to be the definitive English versions — in 1611 and 1615 respectively, after several adventures as a playwright, including a short period of imprisonment with Ben Jonson for their anti-Scottish play Eastward Ho. In 1616, his two epic translations appeared with a general title-page proclaiming the volume Homers Works. The ESTC considers that 1616 volume to have been a reissue of STC 13634 [the 1611 Iliad] and 13637 [the 1615 Odyssey]" and this, the 1634 edition, to be a later state of STC 13624 [i.e., the 1616 Works]."
The volume in hand contains a reprinting of The Iliads, The Odysses with a cancel letterpress title-page, and a cancel leaf from the dedicatory epistle of The Odysses, all printed by Thomas Harper as described in the ESTC.
In simplified, perhaps less technical terms, it represents the second printing of the first collected issuance of Chapmans Iliad and Odyssey in one volume, wherein a previous owner or dealer has substituted the engraved title-page from the 1611 edition of The Iliads for the missing engraved title-page for The Works, eliminating also five blanks!
Provenance: Signature of journalist and author William Agnew Paton dated 1896 on upper margin of title-page in ink and on front endpaper dated 1898 in blue crayon; Paton also added a presentation inscription in 1911 to Lewis Buckley Stillwell, a president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and long a trustee of Princeton University. Stillwell wrote an inscription to his son Richard in 1831, a year before Richard became the director of the Princeton-associated American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Later in the collection of Classicist Pierre A. MacKay (1933–2015), a Classicist also with Princeton associations.
ESTC S119225; STC 13624.5. 19th-century mottled calf with gilt-lettered leather label and gilt-stamped compartments on spine, covers delicately framed in gilt double-rules around simple gilt triple-ruled rectangle with crown stamps at corners, all edges gilt; endpapers chipping, binding worn and abraded, text resewn and reattached to binding, rebacked with 19th-century spine laid on. Marked and lacking title-page and five blanks as above, light pencilling on endpapers, a few very short tears at margins, one leaf with ink spotting; light to moderate age-toning with the occasional spot. (Inventory #: 36544)