For sale is The Odyssey of Homer, translated by the classical scholar T. Shaw, better known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia.
At the beginning of WWI, experts on Arab affairs were rare and Lawrence was assigned to intelligence. Lawrence became involved in the incipient Arab uprising against the Ottoman Empire and joined one of the Arab armies as political and liaison officer. He quickly became, especially from his own accounts, its brains, its organizing force, its liaison with Egypt, and its military tactician. Disillusioned with British official policy in the Middle East, Lawrence buried himself in the ranks of the Royal Air Force under the his new legal name of Shaw, a designation he chose as a tribute to his close friends George Bernard Shaw and Shaw's wife Charlotte.He was killed in a motor cycle accident in 1935. The Odyssey is one of two Greek epic poems, a sequel to the Iliad. Attributed to Homer, like the Iliad, it is essentially an oral poem, developed over a vast period of time. The poem is the story of Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, as he travels home from the Trojan War to recover his house and kingdom. Illustrating our gorgeous edition of this classic, Barry Moser fashioned 24 full-page wood engravings and one vignette.
How can I describe these engravings? They are haunting, they are frightening, they are vivid and they are raw. Nothing is left to the imagination. Moser also planned the format of our book, and chose the Van Dijck type, whose composition was ably performed by Mackenzie-Harris of San Francisco and cast into type by Michael Bixler of Somerville, Massachusetts.
The text and the illustrations were printed by Harold McGrath - from the type and the original engraving blocks - at the Hampshire Typothetae in West Hatfield, Massachusetts. Producing the paper, the Mohawk mill in Cohoes, New York created a soft-white, wove eggshell-finish stock. For the binding, Robert Burlen & Son in Hingham, Massachusetts created an earth-brown natural finish cloth, stamped in crimson.
This is number 525 of 2000 copies, and is signed both by Barry Moser and Jeremy M. Wilson, who authored our Introduction.Included with the offer are the essential four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter and prepublication announcement. This is a beautiful book, created by numerous artisans at diverse locations, using the finest materials. It should have wide appeal to students of the classical era of history and literature, and to those who want to better understand the beginnings of Western Civilization. Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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