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L’Iliade d’Homère, traduite du grec. Deuxième édition revue et corrigée
In-folio, half tan calf binding, smooth spine decorated with title in gilt letters. 2 half titles, 2 titles, xv pp., 205 pp., 34 plates. Untrimmed copy. Scattered foxing. 25 copies of the edition.
Second edition, on large paper, of the translation of Homer's Iliad, by Charles-François Lebrun de Grillon duc de Plaisance, the first one published anonymously in 1776 in three large volumes in-8º. Text on two columns on wove paper. The half-title and title are double: printed in black - and printed in gold ink according to the processes of three artists of the manufacture of Creil, MM. Stône, Coquerel and Legros-d'Anizy, patented by the government, street of the Dial, n°9, in Paris.
The work begins with a Greek rapsode with its French translation opposite, followed by the French translation of the Iliad decorated with 34 large line-engraved figures, under numbered and captioned serpents, after John Flaxman. Brunet, as well as the Catalogue des livres imprimés sur vélin de la Bibliothèque du Roi mention the busts of Homer and Achilles on the gold title.
Our copy does not include these figures. Brunet III, 288; Catalogue des livres imprimés sur vélin de la bibliothèque du Roi, Tome IV, 70