Title: Homeri Odyssea, eiusdem Batrachomyomachia, hymni, aliaq[ue] eius opuscula, seu catalecta, omnia Graece & Latine edita quàm emendatissime, cum praefatione, scholijs, & indice D. Giphanii, 1584
Author: Homer; Hubert van Giffen; Rihel.
Publisher: Argentorati, excudebat Theodosius Rihelius
A late 16th edition of Homer’s epic work, the Odyssey, published in a Greek-Latin parallel form. This edition is based on the adaptation by Hubert van Giffen. It was published since 1572 in at least five mostly undated variants; assigned after with the same printer device. This volume is bound with a contemporary tooled Wittenberg pigskin binding dated 1584, with a central panel of Martin Luther on the front cover and Philipp Melanchthon on the back. Beneath Melanchthon’s image are the printer initials A. M, standing for either Adam or Abraham Muller.
The borders are roll stamped with flowering designs and the heads of scholars and theologians. This book comes from the Manfred Misera collection.
One pigskin bound volume in octavo, 827+26 pages
One note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with some wear and rubbing at the boards, and staining present. The tooled impressions of the central panels and borders are strongly displayed. There are some water stains present at the margin of the first few pages, with small worming present on several pages, notably pages 765 to 776, with several letters obscured. There are a few underlines and marginalia done by a contemporary hand. There is minor foxing and staining throughout. The second clasp is lacking, though one still functions.