The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)

The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy). William Morris, Homer.
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)
Presentation copy from William Morris to his mother Emma
The Odyssey of Homer (Presentation Copy)

London: Reeves & Turner, 1887. First thus. First edition, fine paper issue, presentation copy from the translator to his mother, "to Emma Morris from her loving son William Morris April 22nd. 1887" and "to Emma Morris from her loving son Nov: 12th 1887." LeMire notes fine paper and large paper issues of which this copy is the former. Eugene LeMire notes that "this book is Morris's first experiment with a view to producing a combination of the best quality materials with artistic design". Morris inscribed these volumes in the month of publication. LeMire suggests that volume one was published between 1-15 April and that volume two was published between 1-15 November. It appears Morris sent a copy of the second volume to Ford Maddox Brown (on 11 November) before he had sent the present copy to his mother. Fiona MacCarthy in her biography of Morris notes that "Morris sensed his mother's curious apartness, superficially vivacious, intellectually inert: not unlike the mother in The Novel on Blue Paper, 'whose sweet and kindly feelings hardly included passions, as her dreamy and vague mind hardly included reason'. Emma Morris was good natured, but she did not like disturbances. She was one of nature's compulsive glossers over; and the sense of loss so deep and sharp in Morris's writing is not just a matter of his marital despairs but also derives from a complex knowledge of the hazards of real communication between sons and their mothers". The volumes are additionally inscribed by Morris's sister, Henrietta Morris. Upon the death of Emma Morris in 1894, Henrietta evidently helped disperse her mother's library. These copies were presented to "Stanley Leather, D.D." Buxton Forman p. 127; LeMire A-40.01; Fiona MacCarthy, William Morris a life for our time, London, 1994. 2 volumes, octavo (224 x 170mm). Cloth-backed light-blue boards, printed paper label to spines, top edge trimmed, others untrimmed. Two page publisher's advertisement leaf at rear of volume one. Housed in later chemises and morocco-backed slipcase. Inscriptions from William Morris to his mother and later inscriptions from Morris's sister on half-titles. Extremities worn. New cloth spines retaining original boards and printed paper labels, minor loss and abrasions to labels, some light spotting and browning, new endpapers (free endpapers retained), tear to original rear free endpaper of volume two; very good copies which are remarkably clean. Slipcase worn. Near Fine (Item #4418)

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