The Odyssey of Homer Done Into English Prose by S.H. Butcher & Andrew Lang. London; Boston: The Medici Society, 1924.
Call Number: (SPL) PA 4025 .A5 B85 1924
Special Collections, Golda Meir Library
This is a limited edition of 530 copies, first printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, in 1879. This edition was reprinted by permission of Messrs. MacMillan & Co. for the Medici Society in 1924.
Originally, Alexander MacMillan supported and published this series through the Clarendon Press, even though his work on it competed with work on his own books. He believed it was important for the public to have access to all the classics and his own personal gain was not a consideration.
Sir William Russell Flint painted the 20 watercolor plates that were used for the illustrations in this edition. The illustrations that he produced for the Medici Society are considered among his finest work with their firm composition, great detail, and evocative atmosphere. His watercolors have been avidly collected in Britain and the United States.