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The Odyssey of Homer

translated from the Greek by T. E. Lawrence

 

PUBLICATION HISTORY


T.E. Lawrence's translation of the Odyssey was published in England and America in 1932. Both editions were designed by the great American typographer Bruce Rogers.

The English edition (in which the translator's name is not stated) was limited to 530 copies. It was printed by Sir Emery Walker in Bruce Rogers' Centaur type, on a specially made pale-grey paper. At the beginning of each Book is roundel in a classical Greek design, printed on gold leaf. The Emery Walker-Bruce Rogers Odyssey is now regarded as one of the most beautiful fine-press books of the twentieth century.

The American trade edition, published in New York by Oxford University Press, is also elegant. Here, the translator's name is given. There were many reprints, some of which were imported for sale in England after Lawrence's death in 1935.

Lawrence's translation proved to be one of the most successful of its time. It has been continuously in print for more than seventy-five years.

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