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The Odyssey of Homer.
London: Printed in England [colophon:] Printed and published by Sir Emery Walker, Wilfred Merton and Bruce Rogers, 16 Clifford's Inn, 1932 - Quarto. Original black full morocco by W.H. Smith, gilt lettered spine, top edges gilt, untrimmed. With the slipcase. Light wear to slipcase, minor abrasions to binding, short split at head of front joint, pale offsetting from roundels to letterpress, skilful repair to paper flaw in blank margin of penultimate leaf of Book XXIV. An excellent copy, with the slipcase. 26 woodcut roundels printed in gold and black (with some tissue guards). First and limited edition of Lawrence's translation, 530 copies were printed. A remarkable association copy, inscribed to Sydney Everett by three of the four principal collaborators: Lawrence, whose inscription - as "TE Shaw", the name he used in the Tank Corps - is a simple signature at the end of the concluding Translator's Note; Bruce Rogers, "This copy to Sydney Everett With appreciation of his devotion to the making of this book, Bruce Rogers 1933", and Wilfred Merton (Sir Emery Walker's business partner), "To Sydney Everett, who with loving care distributed this book, Wilfred Merton 1933". The inscription of this copy presumably took place after the death, on 22 July 1933, of the other collaborator, Sir Emery Walker; the book was issued in autumn 1932. We have been unable to identify the highly-valued Sydney Everett. "Inspired by reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Bruce Rogers persuaded Lawrence to undertake a new translation of The Odyssey. Begun in 1928 and published in 1932, the translation was undertaken during Lawrence's free time while serving in the ranks. It was published in a beautiful edition by Emery Walker, Wilfred Merton and Bruce Rogers" (O'Brien). Joseph Blumenthal described it as "among the most beautiful books ever produced" (Art of the Printed Book: 1455-1955). Lawrence was signally reluctant to sign this book - his name appears nowhere in print in its pages - and association copies of any description are notably rare. O'Brien A141. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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