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Homer.
The Odyssey of Homer: Translated by Alexander Pope. Haarlem, Belgium: The Limited Editions Club, 1931.
Call Number: (SPL) PA 4025 .A5 P6 1931b
Gift of Loryn Romadka, from the collection of Austin F. Lutter.
Special Collections, Golda Meir Library

Homer.
The Iliad of Homer: Translated by Alexander Pope. Haarlem, Belgium: The Limited Editions Club, 1931.
Call Number: (SPL) PA 4025 .A2 P6 1931
Gift of Loryn Romadka, from the collection of Austin F. Lutter.
Special Collections, Golda Meir Library

Odyssey title page

These twin volumes published by The Limited Editions Club were printed at the historic Jhn. Enschedé press in Holland. This press has been a haven for type designers for over 500 years and contains a vast storehouse of historic type. Jan Van Krimpen, a prominent early twentieth century typographer designed these editions of Homer based on a little-used italics font at the Enschedé press cut by Cristoffel Van Dijck in the seventeenth century. Lacking a roman companion to Van Dijck's italic font, Van Krimpen designed and cut a typeface named Romanée to accompany Van Dijck's italics used for the first time in these volumes.

Iliad title page

Both editions are unillustrated due to George Macy's opinion that these works were "beyond the power of any modern illustrator, and that this work most definitely demands the simple dignity of a non-illustrated edition."

The translation, by Alexander Pope, was selected for its metrical basis.


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