"Homere - The Iliad. 3/3. In-4. Figures By Cochin. 1776."
HOMER. The Iliad. In Paris, at Barbou / Moutard / Ruault, 1776. 3 vol. in the format in-4 (268 x 211 mm) of 1 f. bl., 2 ff. n.fol., 1 engraved frontispiece n.fol., lv - 260 pp. and 1 f. bl. ; 1 f. bl., 2 ff. n.fol., 1 engraved frontispiece n.fol., 301 pp. and 1 f. bl. ; 1 f. bl., 2 ff. n.fol., 1 engraved frontispiece n.fol., 286 pp., 1 fnfol. and 1 f. bl. Uniform bindings of the time of full blond marbled calf, triple gilded fillet framing the covers, spine with nerves adorned with a `` grotesque '' decor comprising cold greasy fillets, double gilded framing boxes, large seedlings of Golden florets, seedlings of golden dots, parts of title and volume number of old-red morocco, golden title, golden volume number, set of small golden fillets on the cups, marbled slices. Rare set - here offered in 4-in-4 format - complete with its three volumes as well as its three pretty frontispieces by Cochin, engraved by Gaucher, Romanet and de Launay. The copies have retained large margins. The work is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of literature and, along with the Iliad, one of the two founding poems of European civilization. Cohen I, Guide for lovers of 18th century engravings books, 495 - Boissais, The 18th century engravings book, p. 91. Worn angles and cuts. Some friction affecting the backs. Small circle in the margin of each of the frontispieces. Rare and clear rednesses or small spots in the body of books. Small marginal ring affecting the last leaves of the last volume as well as the first of the second. An oxidized notebook. Notwithstanding, good condition. Rare.